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This information is designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the new Work Health and Safety laws. While PCBUs are responsible for making decisions regarding health and safety, they don’t always have a full understanding of the finer detail...
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The Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WHS Act) prohibits discriminatory, coercive and misleading conduct about WHS. This means that people can raise health and safety issues and concerns at their workplace without fear of discrimination or coercion. What is discrimination? Discrimination is the...
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PCBUs have a duty under the Work Health and Safety Act. This information is designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the duties of a PCBU. What is a business or undertaking Whether an organisation is a business or undertaking will depend on...
Your rights and responsibilities
Officers under the Work Health and Safety Act have specific duties. This information is designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the duties of an officer under the Work Health and Safety laws. Who is an officer? Having the word ‘officer’ in...
Your rights and responsibilities
Dangerous incidents are applicable to all duty holders under the jurisidction of the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 . The regulator must be notified of any incident in relation to a workplace that exposes any person to a serious risk resulting from an immediate or imminent exposure to: an...
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How can I comply with the new work health and safety laws? Under the Work Health and Safety and Regulations 2022 (WHS Regulations), duty holders will be required to manage the risk of falls at workplaces, as prescribed by the following regulations: Regulation 78 – Management of risk of fall...
Slips and trips and falls
The Work Health and Safety Act and accompanying regulations came into effect on 31 March 2022. Go to the Work Health and Safety laws website For information about WA's work health and safety (WHS) laws
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Commercial Tenancy (Retail Shops) Agreements Act 1985 (WA) Statutory Review 2022 Short on time but still want to share your views? Complete the online survey to share your views on key issues in the commercial tenancy market. Commerical Tenancy law review online survey The Commercial Tenancy (...
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Questions asked during Safe Work Month Webinar on 30 October 2020 have been compiled along with the department's responses. Commencement When did the Work Health and Safety Act receive assent? The Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WHS Act) was assented to by the Governor on 10 November 2020. However...
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This information sheet provides general guidance for workers and persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) on how to manage the risk of falls at work under the new work health and safety...
WorkSafe
Information
18 Jul 2022
Commercial Tenancy (Retail Shops) Agreements Act 1985 (WA) Statutory Review 2022 Have your say? Send us your answers from the workbook or complete the online survey Complete the online survey The...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
21 Jun 2022
This guide is designed to provide information and practical suggestions that may be helpful to you and others at a time when you are grieving and having to navigate legal and other processes...
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
30 Mar 2022
Employers (or persons conducting a business or undertaking) have a duty under OSH or WHS legislation to eliminate, or if that is not reasonable practicable, minimise the risks of COVID-19 at the...
WorkSafe
Information
18 Feb 2022
It's important for employers and workers to be prepared for the risks associated with cleaning up after a natural disaster. This publication has important health and safety information for cleaning...
WorkSafe
Information
20 Apr 2021
The Digital DMIRS Strategy seeks to improve the department’s operations and service delivery through the effective use of technology. Some goals of the strategy are to modernise digital systems and...
Corporate
Information
23 Dec 2020
While it is reasonable to be concerned about the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, there are a number of actions you can take to look after your mental health during this challenging time. Access...
WorkSafe
Information
08 Apr 2020
It is reasonable for employees to experience increased worry, anxiety and stress about the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Managing the risk to mental health during this time means employees will have...
WorkSafe
Information
02 Mar 2022
Safe Work Australia has created an easy to follow infographic to advise workplaces on the steps they should take if a worker comes down with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.
WorkSafe
Information
23 Sep 2021
THIS DOCUMENT IS NO LONGER CURRENT AND IS AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE FOR HISTORICAL PURPOSES ONLY. The public comment period on the Work Health and Safety Regulations for Western Australia closed on 26...
WorkSafe
Information
12 Nov 2021

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Premises certified despite not complying with applicable building standards Fire safety risks for building occupants, including a child-care centre Registered building surveying contractor and practitioner fined $5,000 each The Building Services Board has fined a Perth building surveying company and its former supervisor $5,000 each for incorrectly certifying that a commercial premises complied...
Building and Energy
Media release
28 Jun 2022
Friday, 10 June 2022 Commercial tenancy laws covering retail shops now under review Various emerging issues to be canvassed during consultation phase Lease rights regarding rents, operating costs and duration of tenancy explored The laws which govern commercial tenancy agreements between small retailers and landlords, including shopping centre owners, are being reviewed by the McGowan Government...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Jun 2022
Detailed eligibility criteria updated for Level 1 and 2 small business grant programs Periods of reduced turnover shortened to deliver assistance sooner for Level 1 and Level 2 COVID-19 Business Assistance Packages Applications to open March 10 for the Small Business Rental Relief Package and March 17 for the Small Business Hardship Fund The McGowan Government has worked with industry to bring...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Mar 2022
The McGowan Government has released exposure drafts of regulations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 ahead of the commencement of major work health and safety (WHS) reforms in March 2022. Releasing the exposure drafts of the supporting regulations provides all participants in Western Australian workplaces the opportunity to prepare themselves to meet the requirements of the new Act and to...
WorkSafe
Alert
20 Dec 2021
Key points Emergency period under the Commercial Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020 to be extended for six months Ongoing support for small commercial tenants experiencing COVID-19 hardship Small Business Commissioner and the State Administrative Tribunal will continue to offer free dispute resolution services during the emergency period The State Government is extending the emergency period...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Sep 2020
Framework for rent relief negotiations between commercial tenants and landlords Code applies to small businesses with turnover of less than $50 million a year Landlords required to respond to written requests from tenants in 14 days The McGowan Government has introduced a new code of conduct to help commercial tenants and landlords reach agreements about rent during the COVID-19 coronavirus...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 May 2020
As many businesses prepare to reopen, WA’s plumbing regulator is urging owners and managers of recently unoccupied buildings to ensure that hot and cold water services are thoroughly flushed before use to clear potentially hazardous stagnation. Building and Energy is supporting an advisory note issued by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB), which warns that water quality could change if it...
Building and Energy
Media release
21 May 2020
The McGowan Government has announced a new package to support tenants, landlords and the construction industry in the COVID-19 pandemic. The package adds to the McGowan Government's $1.7 billion stimulus and relief package for businesses and households impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It complements the introduction of a six-month freeze on rent increases, the moratorium on evictions from March...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Apr 2020
New laws introduced by the McGowan Government to establish a six-month moratorium on evictions for certain commercial tenancies in Western Australia and establish a mandatory code of conduct to assist with negotiations between landlords and tenants have now passed the WA Parliament. The aim of the legislation is to help small commercial tenants that are now in financial distress to survive the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Apr 2020
While the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic is changing rapidly, we remain focussed on delivering our services while adhering to advice from Government to protect the health and safety of our staff and the wider community. The department is planning for a range of scenarios and endeavouring to ensure continuity of service. A number of functions can be performed remotely or by using our online...
Corporate
Department News
23 Mar 2020

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