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The Western Australia Day public holiday is on Monday 6 June 2022. The Western Australia Day 2022 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; and Hairdressers Award . For information on other WA awards, check the WA award...
Labour Relations
Department News
02 May 2022
The 2022 regional public holiday dates have been published on the Regional dates for the Queen’s Birthday public holiday page. Some regional areas in WA hold the Queen’s Birthday public holiday on specific dates, usually to coincide with a significant date or event for that area. In all other areas of Western Australia, this year’s Queen’s Birthday public holiday is on Monday 26 September 2022.
Labour Relations
Department News
29 Apr 2022
Easter is almost here, so now is a good time for state system employers and employees to check public holiday entitlements for the Easter period. Easter Sunday is now a public holiday in WA, and the public holidays for the 2022 Easter period are: Good Friday – 15 April Easter Sunday – 17 April Easter Monday – 18 April The Easter 2022 public holiday entitlements page provides information on...
Labour Relations
Department News
12 Apr 2022
An entitlement to two weeks’ unpaid pandemic leave has been re-introduced for private sector state system employees. The unpaid pandemic leave provisions were implemented through the COVID-19 General Order issued by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission on 25 March 2022. The General Order applies until 30 September 2022, unless extended. The COVID-19 General Order applies to...
Labour Relations
Department News
25 Mar 2022
Wageline has recently published information for state system employers and employees on employment arrangements for the Anzac Day public holiday on Monday, 25 April 2022. The Anzac Day 2022 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...
Labour Relations
Department News
21 Mar 2022
The March edition of the Wageline News has just been published. Read this latest edition on the Wageline News page.
Labour Relations
Department News
17 Mar 2022
The public holiday for Labour Day in 2022 is Monday 7 March. Under the Public and Bank Holidays Act 1972 , in Western Australia the Labour Day public holiday is the first Monday in March. The Labour Day public holiday entitlements for 2022 page provides information on entitlements for: state system award free employees Shop and Warehouse (Wholesale and Retail Establishments) Award Restaurant,...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 Mar 2022
Wageline has recently published information to assist state system employers and employees with public holiday arrangements for Easter 2022. Easter Sunday is now a public holiday in Western Australia, and Wageline’s 2022 Easter information includes arrangements for this new public holiday. The Western Australian public holidays for the 2022 Easter period are: Good Friday – Friday 15 April Easter...
Labour Relations
Department News
25 Feb 2022
The February edition of the Wageline News has just been published. Read this latest edition on the Wageline News page.
Labour Relations
Department News
21 Feb 2022
In 2021, Private Sector Labour Relations industrial inspectors helped employees to recover more than $990,000 in unpaid wages and leave entitlements. A total of 251 complaints were conciliated and investigated by industrial inspectors which resulted in the recovery of $591,013 for employees. Other underpayments were recovered through proactive compliance audit campaigns in the café and restaurant...
Labour Relations
Department News
18 Feb 2022
The Public and Bank Holidays Act 1972 , which specifies public holidays for WA, was amended by the Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Act 2021 (IRLA Act) to make Easter Sunday a public holiday. The Easter Sunday provisions in the IRLA Act commenced on 12 February 2022. For employers and employees in the state industrial relations system, the Minimum Conditions of Employment Act 1993 has...
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Feb 2022
The state Metal Trades (General) Award has been updated by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) and Wageline has published a new WA award summary for the Metal Trades (General) Award at www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/awardsummaries The award variation is effective from the first pay period on or after 9 February 2022. The award variation has not changed adult or junior pay rates in...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Feb 2022
The owner of a chain of hairdressing salons has been ordered to pay a penalty of $42,804 for underpaying two migrant workers who worked as hairdressers. In April 2021, Mr Wei Zhu trading as Shining Quick Cutz, was ordered by the Industrial Magistrates Court to repay the two employees more than $90,000 in total for unpaid wages under the state Hairdressers Award 1989, plus interest. The Court...
Labour Relations
Media release
03 Feb 2022
Western Australia’s laws about when children can work apply during both school terms and in school holidays. Children of compulsory school age are not permitted to work during the hours when the child is required to attend school (or otherwise participate in an educational program of school). There are restrictions on the type of job and working hours for children under 15 years of age. These...
Labour Relations
Department News
31 Jan 2022
Wednesday 26 January is the public holiday for Australia Day. State system employers and employees can check public holiday entitlements on the Australia Day public holiday entitlements for 2022 page of the Wageline website. The page details public holiday entitlements for Australia Day 2022 for: state system award free employees Shop and Warehouse (Wholesale and Retail Establishments) Award...
Labour Relations
Department News
24 Jan 2022
Changes to state employment laws introduced by the Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Act 2021 (IRLA Act) will commence in early 2022. Employers and employees covered by state employment laws will have a range of new obligations and entitlements. The IRLA Act amends the Industrial Relations Act 1979 , the Long Service Leave Act 1958 , the Minimum Conditions of Employment Act 1993 and the...
Labour Relations
Department News
19 Jan 2022
If you are planning ahead for 2022 and 2023, you can find the public holiday dates for this year and next year on the Public holidays page. This year, Easter Sunday, 17 April 2022 will be a public holiday. State employment laws will be changing in early 2022, and the changes include making Easter Sunday a permanent public holiday in WA.
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Jan 2022
The January edition of the Wageline News has just been published. Read this latest edition on the Wageline News page.
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Jan 2022
Easter Sunday will be established as a public holiday in Western Australia, and new provisions are being implemented in the state industrial relations system for the Easter Sunday public holiday entitlements. These changes have been introduced by the Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Act 2021 and will commence early in 2022. In 2022, Easter Sunday falls on 17 April. The Public and Bank...
Labour Relations
Department News
10 Jan 2022
Changes to state employment laws are coming, and when these changes commence in early 2022, household employers will have a range of new employment obligations. ‘Household employers’ are people who directly employ someone to provide domestic services in a private home. Domestic services include caring for a child, a person with a disability or an elderly person, and help with other personal tasks...
Labour Relations
Department News
07 Jan 2022
The public holiday for Australia Day in 2022 is Wednesday 26 January. Employment entitlements for public holidays will vary based on an employee's award coverage and employment arrangements. Visit the Australia Day public holiday entitlements 2022 page for details on the public holiday entitlements for Australia Day for state system employers and employees, including specific information for:...
Labour Relations
Department News
06 Jan 2022
Wageline will be closed from 4.30pm Friday, 24 December 2021 to Monday, 3 January 2022, and will reopen at 9am on Tuesday, 4 January 2022. 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 2021–22 public holiday information page provides state system employers and...
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Dec 2021
Martin Long – owner of Broome restaurant Ginreab Thai - has been penalised almost $3,000 for wilfully misleading an industrial inspector. During 2021, industrial inspectors from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety inspected regional restaurants and cafes to ensure compliance with state employment laws. Inspectors identified that Mr Long was not compliant with his WA award...
Labour Relations
Media release
22 Dec 2021
On 16 December 2021, the Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 was passed by State Parliament. The new state employment laws introduced by the Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Act 2021 (IRLA Act) will commence in early 2022. The commencement date for the new laws has not yet been set. The IRLA Act amends the Industrial Relations Act 1979, the Long Service Leave Act 1958...
Labour Relations
Department News
16 Dec 2021
Employees who have been underpaid wages or leave entitlements under state employment laws can now access Wageline’s streamlined online underpayments complaint system. Wageline’s new system simplifies the process for WA employees to lodge an underpayment complaint to Private Sector Labour Relations industrial inspectors. Employees can provide information on alleged underpayments and supporting...
Labour Relations
Department News
08 Dec 2021

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