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Monday 5 June is the public holiday for Western Australia Day Wageline is closed for the public holiday and reopens at 9am on Tuesday 6 June. State system employers and employees can check public holiday entitlements on the Western Australia Day public holiday entitlements for 2023 page of the Wageline website. The page details public holiday entitlements for Western Australia Day 2023 for: state...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 Jun 2023
The owners of Sinamon cafe have been fined a total of $89,800 by the Industrial Magistrates Court for failing to comply with court orders to produce employment records. Ahmed El Sayed Imam and Yan Woon Desiree Hui pleaded guilty to charges brought against them by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety and were fined and ordered to pay the prosecution’s costs. Sinamon operates...
Labour Relations
Media release
31 May 2023
The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission has issued a new General Order which applies to all state system employers and employees. In the event that a special public holiday is proclaimed in Western Australia, the Provisions in Industrial Instruments for Special Days appointed under Section 7 of the Public and Bank Holidays Act 1972 General Order provides an entitlement for...
Labour Relations
Media release
19 May 2023
The owner of Ultra Tune South Fremantle, Michael Ferguson, has been penalised morethan $6000 for failing to keep a daily record of employees' start and finish times and failing to produce employment records to an industrial inspector. "Record keeping is the bedrock of compliance," Executive Director Private Sector Labour Relations Lorraine Field said today. "Failing to maintain the correct...
Labour Relations
Media release
19 May 2023
The state Farm Employees Award has been updated by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC). The award variation is effective from 1 July 2023. The changes to this WA award include: new provisions for part time employees, including a requirement for employees and employers to agree in writing on hours of work; an updated definition for the Farm Tradesperson classification;...
Labour Relations
Media release
17 May 2023
In March, Private Sector Labour Relations industrial inspectors conducted a proactive compliance campaign in the South-West region of WA. Industrial inspectors visited almost 70 businesses in Bunbury, Busselton, Dunsborough and Margaret River. The campaign focused on inspecting businesses with known high levels of non-compliance, such as cafes and restaurants, hairdressers and beauty salons...
Labour Relations
Department News
08 May 2023
The public holiday for Western Australia Day in 2023 is Monday 5 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 2023 page for details on the public holiday entitlements for Western Australia Day for state system employers and employees, including specific...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 May 2023
The 2023 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 specific 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 25 September 2023.
Labour Relations
Department News
20 Apr 2023
During the school holidays many young workers will be keen to earn some extra money by working over the 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 other advertising material...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Apr 2023
Easter is just around the corner. The Western Australian public holidays for the 2023 Easter period are: Good Friday – Friday 7 April Easter Sunday – Sunday 9 April Easter Monday – Monday 10 April Wageline will be closed across the Easter period and reopen on Tuesday 11 April. Visit the Easter 2023 public holiday entitlements page for details on the public holiday entitlements for Easter public...
Labour Relations
Department News
03 Apr 2023
The owner of the now closed Indian Garden Restaurant in North Perth, Kuldeep Jodha, has been fined $33,850 by the Industrial Magistrates Court for failing to comply with a court order to produce employment records. An industrial inspector from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety issued Mr Jodha with two notices to produce employment records in 2020 as part of a proactive...
Labour Relations
Media release
28 Mar 2023
Wageline has published information for state system employers and employees on employment arrangements for the Anzac Day public holiday on 25 April 2023. The Anzac Day 2023 public holiday entitlements 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...
Labour Relations
Department News
20 Mar 2023
Monday 6 March is the public holiday for Labour Day. Wageline is closed for the public holiday and reopens at 9am on Tuesday 7 March. State system employers and employees can check public holiday entitlements on the Labour Day 2023 public holiday entitlements page of the Wageline website. The page details public holiday entitlements for Labour Day 2023 for: state system award free employees Shop...
Labour Relations
Department News
02 Mar 2023
In June 2022, new employment obligations were introduced for people who directly employ someone to provide domestic services in their home. These people are referred to here as household employers. People who self-manage NDIS funding and directly employ their own support staff are likely to be household employers. Wageline has a publication specifically for household employers who employ a...
Labour Relations
Department News
20 Feb 2023
Wageline has published information to assist state system employers and employees with public holiday arrangements for Easter 2023. The Western Australian public holidays for the 2023 Easter period are: Good Friday – Friday 7 April Easter Sunday – Sunday 9 April Easter Monday – Monday 10 April Visit the Easter 2023 public holiday entitlements page for details on the public holiday entitlements...
Labour Relations
Department News
15 Feb 2023
The February edition of Wageline News has been published. Read this latest edition on the Wageline News page.
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Feb 2023
The public holiday for Labour Day in 2023 is Monday 6 March. Employment entitlements for public holidays will vary based on an employee's award coverage and employment arrangements. Visit the Labour Day 2023 public holiday entitlements 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
06 Feb 2023
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
30 Jan 2023
Higher penalties have been introduced for employers who contravene state employment laws or do not provide employees their legal employment entitlements. Under the new penalty provisions: maximum penalties for contravening an entitlement provision (for example, a provision of a WA award) have increased from $2,000 to $65,000 for bodies corporate and $13,000 for individuals maximum penalties for...
Labour Relations
Department News
16 Jan 2023
If you are planning ahead, you can find the public holidays dates for 2023, 2024 and 2025 on the Public holidays in Western Australia page.
Labour Relations
Department News
09 Jan 2023
The public holiday for Australia Day in 2023 is Thursday 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 2023 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 2023
Wageline will be closed from 4.30pm Friday 23 December 2022 to Monday 2 January 2023, and will reopen at 9am on Tuesday 3 January 2023. Information on employment obligations and entitlements will continue to be available during that period on the Wageline website . The Christmas – New Year 2022–2023 public holiday information provides state system employers and employees with: information on...
Labour Relations
Department News
20 Dec 2022
The owner of cafe Busselton Bean & Gone, Roger Clark, has been fined $7,725 by the Industrial Magistrates Court for failing to comply with a court order to produce employment records. An industrial inspector from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety issued Mr Clark with two notices to produce employment records in 2021 as part of a proactive compliance campaign in the...
Labour Relations
Media release
20 Dec 2022
A range of new provisions were introduced in June 2022 in the state industrial relations system to increase employee protections and assist in combatting wage theft. The changes include new provisions which prohibit: employers compelling an employee to accept goods, accommodation or other services of any kind instead of money as part of the employee’s pay (‘payment in kind’) employers...
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Dec 2022
The December edition of the Wageline News has just been published. Read this latest edition on the Wageline News page.
Labour Relations
Department News
08 Dec 2022

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