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Wage theft is the systematic and deliberate underpayment of wages or entitlements to a worker. The WA Government’s wage theft website directs workers in the state and national industrial relations systems on how to anonymously report wage theft to the relevant Government department. The Wage theft...
Employment rights for WA workers
Workplace health and safety laws require your employer to ensure your safety and the safety of any others in the workplace as much as they reasonably can. This includes minimising the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace. A safe and effective vaccine is just one part of keeping the...
COVID 19 - Coronavirus
Who to contact Contact information Unfair dismissal claims - state system employees Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission Phone: 9420 4444 Website: www.wairc.wa.gov.au Unfair dismissal claims - national system employees Fair Work Commission Phone: 1300 799 675 Website: www.fwc.gov.au...
Where else to get help
This page is a guide for Western Australian workers that tells you about: how to work out the minimum pay rate you should be paid for the work that you are doing; and how to seek help if you think that you have not been paid correctly. You may also like to visit the Employment rights (pay, leave...
Employment rights for WA workers
This pages provides an overview for Western Australian workers about key minimum entitlements for pay rates and leave and where to find more information on pay rates and employment rights for the work that you are doing. You might also like to visit the Checking your pay and getting help with...
Employment rights for WA workers
This page helps employees find information about employment rights, including pay rates and leave entitlements. You might also like to visit the Checking your pay and getting help with underpayments page and the Employment rights overview page. Two different industrial relations systems operate in...
Employment rights for WA workers
The information below is only relevant to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system – sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trusts and some incorporated or not for profit organisations. Find out more on the Guide to who is in the WA state system page...
Public holiday pay
About this page This page is for young workers aged 15-21 It gives you some tips of things to do and questions to ask when you start a new job. Tip 1 - Ask questions at your job interview, or when you first start work This will help you get the facts about your new job and your employment...
Starting work in WA
The Employment Rights in WA Initiative is an education campaign focused on educating employers and employees in Western Australia about employment rights and obligations The aim of the campaign is to raise the level of employer and employee awareness of employment rights and obligations and the...
Community education campaigns
Private Sector Labour Relations at the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety is able to investigate alleged underpayments of long service leave entitlements under the Long Service Leave Act. If you believe you have been underpaid a long service leave entitlement under the Long Service...
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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
16 Apr 2021
This publication is a summary of the Photographic Industry Award. This award covers employees working in the photographic industry: as developers, printers, mounters, retouchers, colourers, enlargers...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
14 Apr 2021
This publication is a summary of the Retail Pharmacists Award. This award covers employees at retail pharmacies and/or dispensaries working as pharmacists, pharmacts-in-charge, pharmacist managers,...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
14 Apr 2021
This document provides essential information to assist you with your Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards submission. Further information 2021 Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards 2021 Work...
WorkSafe
Information
16 Mar 2021
In November 2020, two workers were in the process of tree lopping in a truck-mounted elevating work platform (EWP) when the boom-type EWP suffered a major structural failure, with the metal support...
WorkSafe
Alert
03 Mar 2021
In September 2020, a bar attendant at a hotel received an electric shock while attempting to turn off a glass washer that was overflowing. The glass washer was plugged into a general power outlet...
WorkSafe
Alert
03 Mar 2021
Note: The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety's investigation is ongoing. Information contained in the safety alert is based on findings at the time of writing. On 29 October 2020, a...
WorkSafe
Alert
23 Feb 2021
On 11 January 2021, the Department received a report of an incident at a mine site where an electronic cigarette (vape) battery spontaneously ignited in a worker’s pocket while he was travelling in a...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
23 Feb 2021
This publication is a summary of the Enrolled Nurses and Nursing Assistants (Private) Award. On 26 June 2020 the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) issued the 2020 State Wage...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
01 Apr 2021
This publication is a summary of the Industrial Spraypainting and Sandblasting Award. On 26 June 2020 the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) issued the 2020 State Wage Case...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
01 Apr 2021

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Wageline has published two new WA award summaries for the: Retail Pharmacists Award ; and Photographic Industry Award The Retail Pharmacists Award covers employees working in retail pharmacies and/or dispensaries as pharmacists, pharmacist managers, pharmacists-in-charge, trainee pharmacists (interns) and pharmacy students in the state industrial relations system. The Photographic Industry Award...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Apr 2021
Long service leave is a paid leave entitlement for employees who have continuous employment with one and the same employer for a specified period. The majority of private sector Western Australian businesses and employees in both the state and national industrial relations systems are covered by the state Long Service Leave Act 1958. Detailed information is available on the Long service leave –...
Labour Relations
Department News
12 Apr 2021
Easter is almost here and before the long weekend begins, employers and employees in the state industrial relations system should check their employment entitlements for the Easter period. The Western Australian public holidays for the 2021 Easter period are: Good Friday – 2 April Easter Monday – 5 April The Easter 2021 public holiday page provides information on employment entitlements for:...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 Apr 2021
In May 2020, the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission issued the COVID-19 JobKeeper General Order. This General Order applied to private sector state system employer and employees who were participating in the Commonwealth JobKeeper scheme. The COVID-19 JobKeeper General Order allowed qualifying employers to temporarily stand down an employee or reduce their hours of work. On 28...
Labour Relations
Department News
26 Mar 2021
Wageline at the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has launched its Twitter account . The Inquiry into Wage Theft in Western Australia recommended a social media campaign to raise the level of employer and employee awareness of employment rights and obligations and the pathways for resolving an underpayment. In November 2020, Wageline launched its social media campaign with a...
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Mar 2021
Nominations are now open for the prestigious 2021 Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards, celebrating safety across Western Australian workplaces. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Darren Kavanagh said the Awards would recognise outstanding solutions and innovations in health and safety across all WA workplaces. “This is a terrific opportunity for WA businesses to show off their workplace safety...
WorkSafe
Media release
22 Mar 2021
WorkSafe has commenced prosecution action against a shed building company and its director over the fall death of a worker and the serious injury of another worker in March 2020. MT Sheds (WA) Pty Ltd and company director Mark Thomas Withers face a total of seven separate charges including charges in relation to the death of Jake Williams and serious injuries to Fraser Pinchin last year. The...
WorkSafe
Media release
22 Mar 2021
The Western Australian public holidays for the 2021 Easter period are: Good Friday – 2 April Easter Monday – 5 April While Easter Saturday, 3 April is not a public holiday in Western Australia, some WA awards require employees to be paid additional rates on this day. To check if this applies to your situation visit the WA award summaries page or alternatively contact Wageline on 1300 655 266. For...
Labour Relations
Department News
08 Mar 2021
Under the Western Australia Public and Bank Holidays Act 1972 , Anzac Day takes place on 25 April, but when that day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the next following Monday is also a public holiday. In 2021, Anzac Day falls on Sunday 25 April. Subsequently, Sunday 25 April and Monday 26 April are both public holidays in Western Australia. However, employees in the state industrial relations...
Labour Relations
Department News
02 Mar 2021
All employers covered by the WA state industrial relations system are legally required to keep employment records. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships or unincorporated trusts. Employment records must be in English and can be written or electronic, as long as they can be printed. They must be kept for at least seven years after they are...
Labour Relations
Department News
22 Feb 2021

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