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Employers, parents and young people need to know all the special rules that apply when young people are working during the school holidays. Western Australia’s laws which restrict the types of jobs and work children can be employed to do, and the hours they can work, apply all year around. There are restrictions on the types of businesses that can employ children under 15 years of age. Children...
Labour Relations
Department News
07 Dec 2022
The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission varied the state Electrical Contracting Industry Award to increase allowances on 24 November 2022. The variations take effect from the first pay period on or after 24 November 2022. Wageline’s WA award summary has been updated with the new allowance rates and can be viewed at www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/awardsummaries A full copy of the award can be...
Labour Relations
Department News
06 Dec 2022
The Christmas/New Year period is fast approaching. This season's public holidays are: Christmas Day, Sunday 25 December 2022 and Monday 26 December 2022 Boxing Day, Monday 26 December 2022 and Tuesday 27 December 2022 New Year's Day, Sunday 1 January 2023 and Monday 2 January 2023 When Christmas Day and New Year’s Day fall on a Sunday the following Monday is also a public holiday and when Boxing...
Labour Relations
Department News
05 Dec 2022
The Long Service Leave Act 1958 (LSL Act) applies to many state and national system employers and employees in Western Australia. On 20 June 2022, record keeping requirements under the LSL Act changed. Employers now need to keep additional long service leave records for each employee, and there are significant new penalties for not keeping required records, or keeping an employment record that...
Labour Relations
Department News
30 Nov 2022
State system employers are prohibited from advertising employment at a rate of pay that is less than the minimum wage applicable to the job. Enforcement action can be taken against an employer who has advertised employment at a rate of pay below the legal minimum and penalties apply. This provision is one of the new employment protections introduced by the Industrial Relations Legislation...
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Nov 2022
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, Sunday 25 December 2022 and Monday 26 December 2022. Boxing Day, Monday 26 December 2022 and Tuesday 27 December 2022. New Year’s Day, Sunday 1...
Labour Relations
Department News
21 Nov 2022
In June 2022, new compliance and enforcement provisions were introduced that provided enhanced powers and a new range of compliance tools that can be used by industrial inspectors. These new tools include the ability for industrial inspectors to issue compliance notices, infringement notices, and to enter into enforceable undertakings. Recently, industrial inspectors have commenced issuing...
Labour Relations
Department News
17 Nov 2022
The owners of two Perth cafes have been penalised a total of $14,300 for failing to produce employment records to an industrial inspector. Ahmed El Sayed Imam and Yan Desiree Hui - the owners of Sinamon café’s two locations at Victoria Park and Mt Lawley – were required by law to produce the employment records but failed to do so. Industrial inspectors from the Department of Mines, Industry...
Labour Relations
Media release
15 Nov 2022
Wageline has published comprehensive information for state system employers and employees on the public holidays over the Christmas New Year period. This season's public holidays are: Christmas Day, Sunday 25 December 2022 and Monday 26 December 2022 Boxing Day, Monday 26 December 2022 and Tuesday 27 December 2022 New Year's Day, Sunday 1 January 2023 and Monday 2 January 2023 When Christmas Day...
Labour Relations
Department News
31 Oct 2022
The entitlement to two weeks’ unpaid pandemic leave has been extended 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 now applies until 31 January 2023, unless extended. The COVID-19 General Order applies to...
Labour Relations
Department News
27 Sep 2022
On the National Day of Mourning on Thursday, 22 September 2022 a special public holiday will be held in Western Australia. Wageline has published information on employment entitlements for state system employees on the National Day of Mourning public holiday page. Employers and employees covered by national fair work industrial relations system, including employees covered by national modern...
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Sep 2022
Monday, 26 September 2022 is a public holiday in Western Australia. This public holiday, previously known as the Queen’s Birthday public holiday, is now known as the King’s Birthday public holiday. Wageline has published public holiday information for state system employers and employees on the King's Birthday 2022 public holiday page. This page provides specific information on entitlements for:...
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Sep 2022
It is nearly time for the Perth Royal Show, and Wageline is giving a timely reminder to all business owners, parents and young workers about children working at the Royal Show. There are restrictions on the ages children can work in Western Australia, and these laws apply to all workplaces including retail outlets, mobile food vans, and amusement rides at the Royal Show. Business owners and...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Sep 2022
In the 2021/22 financial year, Private Sector Labour Relations industrial inspectors recovered $797,977 in unpaid wages and leave entitlements for employees covered by state employment laws. A total of 216 complaints lodged with Private Sector Labour Relations resulted in $514,693 being recovered for employees, with a further $197,367 recovered through ongoing proactive compliance campaigns in...
Labour Relations
Department News
20 Jul 2022
On 23 June 2022, the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission increased the state minimum wage and all pay rates in WA awards effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2022. The state minimum wage for adult employees (21 and over) has increased by $40.90 per week to $887.40 per week. WA award rates of pay have increased with award rates below $887.40 increasing by $40.90...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 Jul 2022
Wageline now has available the 1July 2022 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 2022, and has published the new state minimum rates of pay for award free employees. Visit www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/awardsummaries for the July 2022 award summaries Visit www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/minimumpayrates for the new minimum...
Labour Relations
Department News
30 Jun 2022
Employers should start the new financial year right by making sure they are keeping the correct employment records. Additional record keeping obligations and pay slip requirements for state system employers commenced on 20 June 2022 Visit the Employment records – employment obligations page for details on record keeping requirements
Labour Relations
Department News
29 Jun 2022
A minimum entitlement to five days’ unpaid family and domestic violence leave has been introduced for all employees in the state industrial relations system. An employee is able to take unpaid family and domestic violence leave if: the employee is experiencing family and domestic violence; and the employee needs to do something to deal with the impact of the family and domestic violence; and it...
Labour Relations
Department News
27 Jun 2022
It is now compulsory for all employers in state industrial relations system to provide their employees with pay slips containing specific information. The new pay slip requirements commenced on 20 June 2022, along with expanded employment record keeping obligations for employers. Employers now face significant penalties for not providing a pay slip, or providing a pay slip that is false or...
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Jun 2022
The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission has today increased the state minimum wage and all pay rates in WA awards effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2022. The state minimum wage for adult employees (21 and over) will increase by $40.90 per week to $819.90 per week. State award rates of pay will also increase, with award rates below $887.40 increasing by $40.90...
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Jun 2022
The WA Long Service Leave Act applies to many state and national system employers and employees in Western Australia. On 20 June 2022, a number of important changes to the Long Service Leave Act commenced. Key changes include: Modernisation of the types of paid and unpaid absences that count towards long service leave accrual; Provision for greater flexibility in how long service leave is taken;...
Labour Relations
Department News
22 Jun 2022
Earlier this week, 20 June 2022, changes to state employment laws commenced and new employer obligations and employee entitlements were introduced. Visit the Changes to state employment laws page for information on the changes, including fact sheets on key topics. The content of the Wageline website, including the WA award summaries, has been updated to reflect the changes and incorporate new...
Labour Relations
Department News
21 Jun 2022
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 2022 Location Allowance General Order, and new rates take effect from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2022. 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
21 Jun 2022
Today, 20 June 2022, the changes to state employment laws introduced by the Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Act 2021 have commenced. Visit the Changes to state employment laws page for information on the changes, including fact sheets on key topics. The content of the Wageline website, including the WA award summaries, has been updated to incorporate the changes to state employment law...
Labour Relations
Department News
20 Jun 2022
Do you employ someone to provide domestic services in a private home? From today, 20 June 2022, employment obligations for household employers are changing. Domestic services include caring for a child, a person with a disability or an elderly person, as well as cleaning and help with other household tasks. People who self-manage NDIS funding and directly employ their own support staff are likely...
Labour Relations
Department News
20 Jun 2022

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