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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
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
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
Two systems of employment law operate for the private sector in Western Australia, the state industrial relations system and the national fair work system. Working out which system covers an employer and its employees is the first step in understanding and complying with employment rights and obligations and this depends on the employer’s business structure. The Guide to who is in the WA state...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Nov 2023
Wageline has published our annual comprehensive information for state system employers and employees on the employment arrangements for the public holidays over the Christmas New Year period. 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. The Christmas - New Year 2023-2024 public holiday...
Labour Relations
Department News
31 Oct 2023
The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission has amended the state Electrical Contracting Industry Award to increase allowances. These changes are effective from the first full pay period on or after 29 September 2023. Wageline’s WA award summary - Electrical Contracting Industry Award has been updated with the new allowance rates. The WA award can be found on the Western Australian...
Labour Relations
Department News
30 Oct 2023
Under the WA Long Service Leave Act , when an employee completes 10 years of continuous employment, they are entitled to take 8.667 weeks of paid long service leave. An employee is entitled to take another 4.333 weeks of paid long service leave for every further 5 years of continuous employment. This entitlement applies to full time, part time and casual employees. The term continuous employment...
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Oct 2023
The Area, Scope and Definitions clauses of the state Restaurant, Tearoom and Catering Workers Award have been updated to improve clarity about coverage of this WA award. This change, which is effective from 12 October 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 sector WA awards...
Labour Relations
Department News
17 Oct 2023
The Area and Scope clause of the state Cleaners and Caretakers Award has been updated to improve clarity about coverage of this WA award. This change, which is effective from 12 October 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 sector WA awards. Specifically, the changes to the Cleaners...
Labour Relations
Department News
17 Oct 2023
Private Sector Labour Relations industrial inspectors were at the Perth Royal Show this year to conduct a proactive compliance campaign. The campaign focussed on ensuring state system employers were paying staff correctly, keeping correct employment records and on the employment of children under 15 years. Private Sector Labour Relations is responsible for ensuring all businesses in the state...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Oct 2023
Since 2019, the Report Wage Theft in Western Australia website has helped WA workers find out how to report underpayments of wages or employment entitlements online. Recently the website has been expanded from providing information in 7 languages to 13 languages. This information assists Western Australian workers with how to: seek help with resolving an underpayment issue or unpaid annual or...
Labour Relations
Department News
09 Oct 2023
The Area and Scope clause of the state Contract Cleaners Award has been updated to improve clarity about coverage of this WA award. This change, which is effective from 13 September 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 sector WA awards. Specifically, the changes to the Contract...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Sep 2023
The 2023 Perth Royal Show is being held in late September. There are laws which set restrictions on what ages children can work in Western Australia which apply to all workplaces including retail outlets, mobile food vans, and amusement rides at the Royal Show. Written parental permission is required for some young workers. Business owners and parents need to know: 15 years old is the youngest a...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Sep 2023
Monday, 25 September 2023 is the King’s Birthday public holiday in Western Australia. Wageline has published public holiday information for state system employers and employees on the King’s Birthday 2023 public holiday page. This page provides specific information on entitlements for: award free employees Shop and Warehouse (Wholesale and Retail Establishments) Award Restaurant, Tearoom and...
Labour Relations
Department News
16 Aug 2023
Under the WA Long Service Leave Act , an employee’s entitlement to long service leave depends on the length of their continuous employment with a business or organisation. The term continuous employment is not restricted to service with just the existing employer, but can also include employers who previously owned the business. If a new employer buys or takes over a business, and retains the...
Labour Relations
Department News
15 Aug 2023
Wageline’s Making a complaint about underpayment of wages or entitlements page has helped many WA employees understand and follow the steps in the process for making an underpayment complaint to Private Sector Labour Relations. This information is now available in a total of 13 languages, with information added to the page on how to make a complaint in Punjabi, Persian, Thai, Spanish, Indonesian...
Labour Relations
Department News
04 Aug 2023
Under the WA Long Service Leave Act , after 7 years of continuous employment an employee may have an entitlement to payment of long service leave when their employment ends due to resignation, dismissal, redundancy or if the employee dies. This entitlement applies to full time, part time and casual employees. This entitlement depends on the length of the employee’s continuous employment, which...
Labour Relations
Department News
31 Jul 2023
Private Sector Labour Relations industrial inspectors have the power to issue state system employers a civil infringement notice, similar to an ‘on-the-spot fine’, for failing to comply with record keeping or pay slip requirements. Recently a number of infringement notices have been issued to employers by industrial inspectors. One of these employers was the owner of a restaurant in an outer...
Labour Relations
Department News
27 Jul 2023
The state Farm Employees Award was updated by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) in May 2023, with the changes to the WA award effective from 1 July 2023. Wageline has published a new WA award summary for the Farm Employees Award which incorporates the changes made by the award variation. The changes to this WA award include: new provisions for part time employees,...
Labour Relations
Department News
19 Jul 2023
Industrial inspectors in Private Sector Labour Relations recovered $664,456 in unpaid wages and entitlements in the 2022/23 financial year. In the last 12 months, industrial inspectors completed 258 workplace investigations relating to underpayments under state employment laws, including wages under WA awards, and long service leave entitlements under the WA Long Service Leave Act. State system...
Labour Relations
Department News
18 Jul 2023
Wageline has just launched a series of new explainer videos which help WA employers and employees understand their rights and obligations under state employment laws. These new videos are embedded in the relevant content pages, or you can watch all seven on the Employment explainer videos page. The Which system of employment law applies video explains which types of businesses or organisations...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Jul 2023
On 16 June 2023, the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission increased the state minimum wage and all pay rates in WA awards effective from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2023. The state minimum wage for adult employees (21 and over) has increased by 5.3% or $43.50 per week to $863.40 per week. WA award rates of pay have increased by 5.3%. Junior rates and rates for...
Labour Relations
Department News
03 Jul 2023
Wageline now has available the 1 July 2023 versions of its WA award summaries which include the new rates of pay that will apply from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2023, and has published the new state minimum rates of pay for award free employees. Visit www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/awardsummaries for the July 2023 award summaries Visit www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/minimumpayrates for the new minimum...
Labour Relations
Department News
29 Jun 2023
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 2023 Location Allowance General Order, and new rates take effect from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2023. The new rates for each town and a list of the relevant WA awards are available on the Location allowance for employees...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Jun 2023

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