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Working from home can be a temporary arrangement or an ongoing agreement between the employer and the worker which allows workers to perform work at their home. No matter what arrangement has been made, under the Occupational Safety and Health legislation, both the employer and the worker have a...
Office safety
The following information has been developed to assist employers and employees meet their safety and health obligations. Department of Mines Industry Regulation and Safety Public transport including taxis and rideshare services - Minimising the risk of exposure to COVID-19 Working from home
COVID 19 - Coronavirus
The following information has been developed for employers and employees looks at ways to look after your mental health during this challenging time. COVID-19 coronavirus guide for employers: Looking after your mental health COVID-19 coronavirus guide for employees: Looking after your mental health...
COVID 19 - Coronavirus
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.
Suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 at work
Suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 at work, by Safe Work Australia
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COVID 19 - Coronavirus
This page contains frequently asked questions on COVID-19. Is social distancing required at work? Social distancing must be followed at work as far as practicable, based on principles published by the Department of Health . Risk assessments should be conducted and suitable control strategies...
COVID 19 - Coronavirus
State system employers and employees impacted by the COVID-19 Coronavirus This information is 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...
COVID-19 coronavirus
This page contains frequently asked questions about vaping. Is vaping hazardous? Yes, vaping can be hazardous. The nature of the hazard will depend upon factors such as the liquid used in the e-cigarette and the health status of the individual. In 2019, there were 2290 cases of lung injury...
Smoking
Some regional areas in Western Australia hold the Queen’s Birthday public holiday on an alternative date, usually to coincide with a significant date or event for that area. Below are the previous years’ regional Queen’s Birthday public holiday dates. 2019 Local Government Authority Dates for Queen...
Public holidays
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
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

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An employer can use this sample checklist when requesting as part of the working from home agreement that workers complete a self-assessment of the work space.
WorkSafe
Information
09 Apr 2020
The Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 requires employers to take care of the health and safety of their workers and others at the workplace. This includes: providing and maintaining a work...
WorkSafe
Information
09 Apr 2020
In early 2020, an air-conditioning installer suffered a fatal electric shock while working in the roof space of a house. In Western Australia, it is a legal requirement to de-energise and isolate all...
WorkSafe
Alert
08 Apr 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
08 Apr 2020
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. [scald=8226:...
WorkSafe
Information
07 Apr 2020
The Western Australian strategy and framework for the prevention and management of work-related musculoskeletal disorders are intended as useful resources for stakeholders who can influence...
WorkSafe
Information
11 Feb 2020
ThinkSafe is the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s flagship online publication for workplace safety and health in Western Australia. ThinkSafe magazine - January 2020 ThinkSafe...
WorkSafe
Newsletter
07 Feb 2020
In late 2018 the Private Sector Labour Relations (PSLR) division of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety commenced a proactive compliance campaign focused on compliance with...
Labour Relations
Reports
31 Jan 2020
During July 2017, the Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Commerce and Industrial Relations, the Hon Bill Johnston MLA, sought to establish a Ministerial Advisory Panel (MAP) on Work Health and Safety...
WorkSafe
Information
14 Jan 2020

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The City of Armadale has had a fine increased by $80,000 over a 2014 incident in which a member of the public was seriously injured when struck by a front-end loader at a waste disposal site. The City was fined $30,000 (plus costs) in April 2018 over the incident after being charged with failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace. WorkSafe appealed the penalty in a Single Judge Appeal and...
WorkSafe
Media release
03 Apr 2020
The Commission for Occupational Safety and Health seeks your views and comments on the draft Code of Practice – Occupational Diving in Western Australia . The draft code provides guidance for occupational divers in Western Australia on the management of occupational safety and health issues relevant to preparing for and performing tasks while submerged in a fluid using artificially-supplied...
WorkSafe
Media release
27 Mar 2020
The Employment impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus page of the Wageline website provides detailed information for state system employers and employees on employment obligations and entitlements relevant to a range of situations arising from the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus. This information is relevant to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system - sole traders,...
Labour Relations
Department News
25 Mar 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
WorkSafe is investigating the work-related death of a 25-year-old worker at Condingup (east of Esperance) yesterday. The man was believed to have been working on the roof of a shed when he and another worker fell. The other worker was injured in the fall. Inspectors travelled to the site this morning and will interview witnesses and investigate the circumstances. WorkSafe thoroughly investigates...
WorkSafe
Media release
12 Mar 2020
Circular 4/2020 sets out workforce flexibilities available to public sector employers. The State Government is monitoring the situation in relation to COVID-19 and responding accordingly, and this Circular will be updated and reissued as required. This Circular replaces PSLR Circular 3/2020, “Novel coronavirus and absence from work”. Circular 4/2020 – COVID-19 and employment flexibilities This...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Mar 2020
Under current legislation, employers are required to provide and maintain, as far as is practicable, a working environment in which their workers are not exposed to health risks. This includes situations where employees and contractors may be at risk of contracting viruses such as the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Employers need to keep up to date with the latest health warnings from the...
WorkSafe
Alert
10 Mar 2020
Information update Two different industrial relations systems operate in Western Australia the state system and the national fair work system. The state system covers sole traders, unincorporated partnerships and trusts and some incorporated or not for profit organisations. For employers and employees covered by the state system, information is being regularly updated on the Employment impacted...
Labour Relations
Department News
17 Mar 2020
The Western Australian public holidays for the 2020 Easter period are: Good Friday – Friday 10 April Easter Monday – Monday 13 April While Easter Saturday 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...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Mar 2020
The owner of a now-closed North Perth café has been ordered by the Industrial Magistrates Court to back pay $24,337 in unpaid award wages and interest to five former employees. Ms Jodie Cooper, who operated the Cloud Nine Vegan café, was also penalised $9,000 for the 24 contraventions of the Restaurant, Tearoom and Catering Workers’ Award 1979 . When setting the penalties, Industrial Magistrate...
Labour Relations
Media release
06 Mar 2020

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Use Bpoint, the department's authorised payment processor, to make a payment to renew your High Risk Work Licence. You can find the Biller Code and Reference Number from your bill notice for making your payment. Additional information on payment by phone or BPay is also available on your bill notice.
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