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In September a new entitlement to 10 days’ paid family and domestic violence leave (FDV leave) will commence for all employees in the state industrial relations system This entitlement to paid FDV leave comes from the National Employment Standards in the federal Fair Work Act 2009 , and will commence for state system employees on 9 September 2024. Under the national provisions, a full time, part...
Labour Relations
Department News
17 Jun 2024
Many WA awards require employees to be paid a location allowance when employed in certain regional towns. Location allowances have just been increased by the 2024 Location Allowance General Order, and new rates take effect from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2024. The new rates for each town and a list of the relevant WA awards are available on the Location allowance for employees in...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Jun 2024
The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission has today increased the state minimum wage and pay rates in all WA awards effective from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2024. The state minimum wage for employees 21 and over will increase to $918.60 per week. Minimum rates for younger workers and award free trainees and apprentices will also increase. Rates of pay in WA awards...
Labour Relations
Department News
12 Jun 2024
Significant updates to the provisions of the Shop and Warehouse (Wholesale and Retail Establishments) Award have now come into effect. These changes commenced on the first full pay period on or after 5 June 2024. The updated Shop and Warehouse Award now better reflects contemporary retail trading arrangements and removes a number of outdated and obsolete provisions to improve clarity and make it...
Labour Relations
Department News
05 Jun 2024
The public holiday for Western Australia Day in 2024 is Monday 3 June. Employment entitlements for public holidays will vary based on an employee's award coverage and employment arrangements. Visit the Western Australia Day public holiday entitlements 2024 page for details on the public holiday entitlements for Western Australia Day for state system employers and employees, including specific...
Labour Relations
Department News
10 May 2024
The 2024 regional public holiday dates have been published on the Regional dates for the King’s Birthday public holiday page. Some regional areas in WA hold the King’s Birthday public holiday on alternative dates, usually to coincide with a significant date or event for that area. In all other areas of Western Australia, this year’s King’s Birthday public holiday is on Monday 23 September 2024.
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Apr 2024
Significant updates have been made to the working arrangements and other provisions in the state Shop and Warehouse (Wholesale and Retail Establishments) Award. These changes will come into effect on the first full pay period on or after 5 June 2024. The updated Shop and Warehouse Award will better reflect contemporary retail trading arrangements and remove a number of outdated and obsolete...
Labour Relations
Department News
17 Apr 2024
The owner of Perth carpentry business Integrity Built has been fined $5,000 by the Industrial Magistrates Court for failing to comply with a compliance notice issued by an industrial inspector. Anthony Baker was issued a compliance notice that required him to rectify more than $11,000 in underpayments to his apprentice carpenter. Despite a number of opportunities to resolve the matter, Mr Baker...
Labour Relations
Media release
05 Apr 2024
The state Farm Employees Award has been updated to expand its coverage to the dairy industry. This change, which is effective from 1 July 2024, was made as part of a process being undertaken by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission to update the scope of a number of private sector WA awards. The coverage of the Farm Employees Award was previously expanded to a broader range of...
Labour Relations
Department News
03 Apr 2024
Information for state system employers and employees on employment arrangements for the Anzac Day public holiday on Thursday, 25 April 2024 has been published. The Anzac Day 2024 public holiday page contains information on employment entitlements for: Award free employers and employees Shop and Warehouse (Wholesale and Retail Establishments) Award Restaurant, Tearoom and Catering Workers Award...
Labour Relations
Department News
20 Mar 2024
Easter is just around the corner. The Western Australian public holidays for the 2024 Easter period are: Good Friday – Friday 29 March Easter Sunday – Sunday 31 March Easter Monday – Monday 1 April Wageline will be closed across the Easter period and reopen on Tuesday 2 April. Visit the Easter 2024 public holiday entitlements page for details on the public holiday entitlements for Easter public...
Labour Relations
Department News
18 Mar 2024
In 2023, Wageline launched a series of employment explainer videos to help WA employers and employees understand their rights and obligations under state employment laws. Wageline has now expanded this series with the launch of three new videos on key long service leave topics: Taking long service leave Cashing out long service leave Long service leave record keeping obligations These videos are...
Labour Relations
Department News
06 Mar 2024
With the entertainment industry alive with activity, the spotlight is on young performers and raising awareness of child employment laws in Western Australia. In WA there are laws which restrict the types of jobs and work children can be employed to do, and the hours they can work. These laws apply to businesses in both the state and national industrial relations systems. Children are considered...
Labour Relations
Department News
05 Mar 2024
Private Sector Labour Relations (PSLR) industrial inspector’s new tools have resulted in four businesses receiving civil infringement notices during 2023. In June 2022, industrial inspectors received enhanced powers and new compliance tools including the introduction of a power to issue civil infringement notices. An industrial inspector may issue a civil infringement notice to a person whom they...
Labour Relations
Department News
26 Feb 2024
Wageline has just published information to assist state system employers and employees with public holiday arrangements for Easter 2024. The Western Australian public holidays for the 2024 Easter period are: Good Friday – Friday 29 March Easter Sunday – Sunday 31 March Easter Monday – Monday 1 April Visit the Easter 2024 public holiday entitlements page for details on the public holiday...
Labour Relations
Department News
19 Feb 2024
The public holiday for Labour Day in 2024 is Monday 4 March. Employment entitlements for public holidays will vary based on an employee's award coverage and employment arrangements. Visit the Labour Day public holiday entitlements 2024 page for details on the public holiday entitlements for Labour Day for state system employers and employees, including specific information for: Award free...
Labour Relations
Department News
05 Feb 2024
Industrial inspectors from Private Sector Labour Relations (PSLR) recovered over $500,000 in underpayments for Western Australian workers in 2023. This figure comes from both proactive compliance activities undertaken by PSLR inspectors, and complaints made to PSLR by employees about underpayments under WA awards and state employment laws. A total of 135 proactive inspections took place in 2023,...
Labour Relations
Department News
16 Jan 2024
The public holiday dates for 2024 are available on the Public Holidays in Western Australia page. Western Australia has 11 public holidays throughout the year, and prior to each public holiday, Wageline will publish information on public holiday entitlements for state system employees on the Public holiday pay and entitlements page. The next public holiday is Australia Day on Friday 26 January,...
Labour Relations
Department News
08 Jan 2024
Wageline will be closed from 4.30pm Friday 22 December 2023 to Monday 1 January 2024, and will reopen at 9am on Tuesday 2 January 2024. Information on employment obligations and entitlements will continue to be available during that period on our website. The Christmas – New Year 2023–2024 public holiday information provides state system employers and employees with: information on which dates...
Labour Relations
Department News
21 Dec 2023
The Area and Scope clauses for three key state Clerks Awards have been updated to expand their coverage to a broader range of clerical employees. The main changes to the coverage of the awards are: The Clerks (Commercial, Social and Professional Services) Award is now a broad-based occupational award that applies to all private sector clerical employees who are not covered by another WA award...
Labour Relations
Department News
21 Dec 2023
School holidays are starting soon, and employers, parents and young workers should know that in Western Australia there are restrictions on where and when children under 15 can work during school holidays and school terms. Find out more on the When children can work page or call Wageline on 1300 655 266 for details.
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Dec 2023
The festive season is fast approaching and employers can get prepared by checking the pay rates employees must be paid on public holidays and other public holiday employment obligations. This season's public holidays are: Christmas Day, Monday 25 December 2023 Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December 2023 New Year’s Day, Monday 1 January 2024. Employers and employees in the state industrial relations...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 Dec 2023
During November, Private Sector Labour Relations industrial inspectors are conducting a proactive compliance campaign in the Mandurah/Rockingham area of WA. The campaign focusses on inspecting businesses in industries with known high levels of non-compliance such as cafes and restaurants, hairdressers, beauty salons and retailers. Private Sector Labour Relations is responsible for ensuring...
Labour Relations
Department News
22 Nov 2023
The Area and Scope and Definitions clauses of the state Farm Employees Award have been updated to expand the coverage of this WA award to a broader range of farm employees and their employers. This change, which is effective from 21 November2023, was made as part of a process being undertaken by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission to update the scope of a number of private...
Labour Relations
Department News
22 Nov 2023
The Area and Scope and Definitions clauses of the state Metal Trades (General) Award have been updated to expand the coverage of this WA award to a broader range of employees and their employers. This change, which is effective from 21 November 2023, was made as part of a process being undertaken by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission to update the scope of a number of private...
Labour Relations
Department News
22 Nov 2023

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