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In most cases, when employment ends after at least 7 years of continuous employment , an employee is entitled to pro rata long service leave. The WA long service leave calculator can provide an estimate of an employee’s long service leave entitlement when employment ends as a result of resignation, dismissal, death or redundancy. Since its launch in mid 2020, the WA long service leave calculator...
Labour Relations
Department News
18 Jan 2021
Wageline has published three new WA award summaries: Enrolled Nurses and Nursing Assistants (Private) Award Industrial Spraypainting and Sandblasting Award Sheet Metal Workers Award The Enrolled Nurses and Nursing Assistants (Private) Award covers trainee and student enrolled nurses, enrolled nurses and nursing assistants in the state industrial relations system. The Industrial Spraypainting and...
Labour Relations
Department News
15 Jan 2021
From today, employees who need to make a complaint to Private Sector Labour Relations about underpayments can use our new Underpayment of wages or entitlements complaint form. The new form is easier to complete and streamlines the process of providing initial information to the industrial inspectors at Private Sector Labour Relations. Previously, state system employees with both a wages or annual...
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Jan 2021
The public holiday for Australia Day in 2021 is Tuesday 26 January. Each WA award prescribes entitlements for public holidays. These entitlements vary from industry to industry, so it is essential that employers and employees read their relevant WA award summary and understand their rights and obligations. Entitlements can include penalty rates, additional leave and time in lieu. The Australia...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Jan 2021
The WA minimum wage and WA award rates of pay recently increased by 1.75%. These pay increases take effect from the first pay period on or after 1 January 2021. The WA award summaries and the Minimum pay rates for award free employees on the Wageline website include the rates of pay that apply from 1 January 2021. If you are covered by a WA award that does not have a Wageline WA award summary,...
Labour Relations
Department News
04 Jan 2021
The Wageline contact centre will be closed from Friday 25 December 2020 to Friday 1 January 2021, and will reopen at 8:30am on Monday 4 January 2021. Information on employment obligations and entitlements will continue to be available during that period on the Wageline website www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/wageline . The Christmas New Year 2020–21 public holiday arrangements page provides information on...
Labour Relations
Department News
21 Dec 2020
The school holidays are just starting and many young workers will be keen to earn some extra money by getting a job for the summer break, but in Western Australia there are restrictions on where and when children under 15 can work. Employers, parents and young workers need to know that children who are 13 or 14 can only work in a shop, fast food outlet, cafe, restaurant or deliver newspapers or...
Labour Relations
Department News
16 Dec 2020
With Christmas not far away, now is the time for employers and employees in the state industrial relations system to check working arrangements for public holidays over the Christmas New Year period. This season’s public holidays are: Christmas Day, Friday 25 December 2020 Boxing Day, Saturday 26 December 2020 and Monday 28 December 2020. New Year’s Day, Friday 1 January 2021. When Boxing Day...
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Dec 2020
Wageline today launched new resources on the Wageline website at www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/wagetheft to assist all WA employers and employees find the right information on their employment rights and obligations. The 2019 Inquiry into Wage Theft in Western Australia found one of the reasons wage theft occurs is a lack of knowledge of employment conditions by both workers and employers. Wageline’s new...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Dec 2020
The public holiday for Australia Day in 2021 is Tuesday 26 January. Employment entitlements for public holidays will vary based on an employee's award coverage and employment arrangements. The Australia Day public holiday entitlements guide 2021 page provides information for state system employers and employees on public holiday entitlements for Australia Day 2021, with specific information for:...
Labour Relations
Department News
10 Dec 2020
The WA minimum wage and WA award rates of pay are increasing by 1.75% in January 2021. State system employers should get ready now for the increases which take effect from the first pay period on or after 1 January 2021. The WA award summaries and the Minimum pay rates for award free employees on the Wageline website include the rates of pay that apply from 1 July 2020 and the rates of pay that...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 Dec 2020
Wageline has just published two new WA award summaries – for the Bakers (Country) Award and the Transport Workers (Passenger Vehicles) Award. The Bakers (Country) Award covers bakers, apprentice bakers and doughmakers working in bakeries in the state industrial relations system that are located more than 45kms from the General Post Office Perth. The Transport Workers (Passenger Vehicles) Award...
Labour Relations
Department News
27 Nov 2020
A new social media campaign to educate employers and employees in Western Australia has been launched by Wageline at the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. The Inquiry into Wage Theft in Western Australia recommended a social media campaign in order to raise the level of employer and employee awareness of employment rights and obligations and the pathways available for pursuing...
Labour Relations
Media release
12 Nov 2020
In June 2020, the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) issued the 2020 State Wage Case decision. The WAIRC decision granted a 1.75% per week increase in the state minimum wage and WA award rates of pay from 1 January 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the minimum pay rates for award free employees and all pay rates in WA awards remained unchanged from 1 July 2020. The...
Labour Relations
Department News
06 Nov 2020
Wage inspections have uncovered nearly $350,000 in underpayments for hospitality workers, as part of a 12 month compliance campaign by industrial inspectors at the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. A total of $348,890 in underpayments was identified for 369 employees from 49 cafe and restaurant businesses in the state industrial relations system. A large number of businesses...
Labour Relations
Media release
02 Nov 2020
The Christmas New Year period is fast approaching. This season's public holidays are: Christmas Day, Friday 25 December 2020 Boxing Day, Saturday 26 December 2020 and Monday 28 December 2020 New Year's Day, Friday 1 January 2021 When Boxing Day falls on a Saturday the next following Monday is also a public holiday under the Public and Bank Holidays Act 1972 , however employment entitlements for...
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Oct 2020
Effective Monday 5 October, Wageline’s opening hours have changed and Wageline will now be open an extra hour each week. Wageline’s new standard operating hours are: Monday: 8.30am – 4.30pm Tuesday: 9.00am – 4.30pm Wednesday: 8.30am – 4.30pm Thursday: 8.30am – 4.30pm Friday: 8.30am – 4.30pm Employers and employees can continue to call Wageline on 1300 655 266 with queries about: pay rates, leave...
Labour Relations
Department News
05 Oct 2020
Wageline receives many enquiries each week about employer obligations and the entitlements owed to employees when employment ends through resignation, dismissal, redundancy or death. Employers and employees in the state industrial relations system should visit the When employment ends section of the Wageline website for information on obligations and entitlements when an employee resigns, is...
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Sep 2020
On 15 May 2020 temporary state system COVID-19 JobKeeper provisions were introduced for private sector state system employers and employees who are participating in the Commonwealth JobKeeper scheme. These provisions were implemented by the COVID-19 JobKeeper General Order issued by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission. The COVID-19 JobKeeper General Order was originally due to...
Labour Relations
Department News
22 Sep 2020
Western Australian workers can find out how to report deliberate underpayment of wages or entitlements at www.wagetheft.wa.gov.au . The Reporting wage theft in Western Australia website assists workers with how to: seek help with resolving an underpayment issue or unpaid annual or long service leave; report wage theft anonymously to the relevant government department; or seek help with unpaid...
Labour Relations
Department News
17 Aug 2020
New versions of the WA award summaries and the Minimum pay rates for award free employees are now available which include the pay rates that come into effect from the first pay period on or after 1 January 2021. In June the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission issued the 2020 State Wage Case decision, which grants a 1.75% per week increase in the state minimum wage and WA award...
Labour Relations
Department News
05 Aug 2020
Private Sector Labour Relations industrial inspectors helped employees to recover over $700,000 in unpaid entitlements in the 2019–20 financial year. 232 complaints lodged with Private Sector Labour Relations resulted in $530,036 being recovered for employees whilst $181,730 was recovered as a result of proactive compliance audits in the café and restaurant sector. Wageline also answered more...
Labour Relations
Department News
21 Jul 2020
Wageline’s WA long service leave calculator was launched in May 2020, and has already been used by employers and employees over 5,000 times. The WA long service leave calculator can provide an estimate of an employee’s long service leave entitlement when employment ends as a result of resignation, dismissal, death or redundancy. The WA long service leave calculator is relevant to employees...
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Jul 2020
As part of the State Government’s strategies to combat wage theft, the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is co-ordinating the Getting Employment Right Grants Program (Grants Program) in 2020/21. Under the Grants Program, applications will be assessed and DMIRS will allocate funding to successful employer and employee organisations to develop and deliver education...
Labour Relations
Department News
03 Jul 2020
On 26 June 2020 the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) issued the 2020 State Wage Case decision. The WAIRC decision grants a 1.75% per week increase in the state minimum wage and WA award rates of pay from 1 January 2021 . The new state minimum wage from 1 January 2021 will be $760.00 per week. The minimum pay rates for award free employees and all pay rates in WA awards...
Labour Relations
Department News
26 Jun 2020

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