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The health and safety of Western Australian workplaces remains a priority. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, last year the WA government launched a virtual Safe Work Month. This year the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety continues to deliver occupational health and safety messages...
Safe Work Month
Wage theft is the systematic and deliberate underpayment of wages and entitlements to workers. To combat wage theft in Western Australia, Private Sector Labour Relations has developed a range of initiatives including education campaigns and resources to increase the communities’ awareness of...
Combatting wage theft in Western Australia
This information 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. If you...
Public holiday pay
The challenge In 2021, Wageline is supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals Challenge as an industry partner for ‘Sustainable Development Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth’. Our challenge this year is for participating students to identify new strategies to reduce wage theft in WA to...
Community education campaigns
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
WA’s Work Health and Safety legislation is expected to come into force in January 2022. The department has launched a series of WHS specific webpages designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) prepare for the new Work Health and Safety laws. These...
Work health and safety legislation reform
Action Plan for Reform An Action Plan for reform to introduce better payment protections for all participants in the Western Australian building and construction industry was released by the Minister for Commerce in September 2021. Security of payment – Action plan What does the Action Plan do? The...
Security of payment
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety would like to acknowledge the finalists of the Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards 2021. These awards recognise outstanding solutions and innovations to specific workplace health and safety problems in Western Australia. Winners will be...
Work Safety Awards
A state-wide campaign is being undertaken by Private Sector Labour Relations Division to promote compliance with state employment laws by horticultural industry businesses in the state industrial relation system. Employers who are in the state industrial relations system are those where the...
Proactive compliance campaigns
Employee central is an information hub for WA workers to help you with: working out which industrial relations system covers your employment (this is a really important first step) where to get the right information on pay rates getting help with underpayments reporting wage theft anonymously where...
Employment rights for WA workers

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October is Safe Work Month, it is easy to join us in promoting safety in your workplace. Be a safety champion throughout October by: Using our campaign kit to promote safety in your workplace;...
WorkSafe
Information
06 Oct 2021
This publication provides information on which dates are observed as the public holidays for employers and employees covered by key WA awards. For other WA awards, view the award on the WA Industrial...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
01 Oct 2021
Action Plan for Reform An Action Plan for reform to introduce better payment protections for all participants in the Western Australian building and construction industry was released by the Minister...
Building and Energy
Plans
21 Sep 2021
This briefing is for 2021 participants in the Universities UN Sustainable Development Goals Challenge. This document explains the two systems of industrial relations in Western Australia, provides...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
21 Sep 2021
WorkSafe has recently had a number of reported incidents involving the unplanned and uncontrolled movement of plant or vehicles, which have resulted in the death or serious injury of workers. A...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
30 Aug 2021
In February 2020, a haul truck arrived at a workshop for maintenance with no tyres fitted in position 4 or 5. The position 6 tyre casing blew out 15 days later. Four workers were working on the haul...
WorkSafe
Alert
30 Aug 2021
This checklist has been developed to provide information and assistance to employers, self-employed persons, persons having control of workplaces and employees working in the motorcycle retailing...
WorkSafe
Checklist
30 Aug 2021
This publication is a summary of the Municipal Employees Award. On 24 June 2021 the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) issued the 2021 State Wage Case decision. The WAIRC...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
25 Aug 2021
The new Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2021 (the Act) received Royal Assent on 25 June 2021, and will improve security of payment for all participants in the building...
Building and Energy
Policies
17 Aug 2021
Quad bikes in workplaces guide outlines the legal requirements for those operating or in charge of workplaces where quad bikes are used and will assist riders, as well as managers, to ensure they are...
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
10 Aug 2021

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The WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner has moved to reassure senior leaders that volunteer firefighters will not be adversely affected by the incoming new workplace safety laws. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Darren Kavanagh met with senior leaders from WAFarmers, Pastoralists and Graziers Association, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades and...
WorkSafe
Media release
04 Oct 2021
Wageline has published comprehensive information for state system employers and employers on the public holidays over the Christmas New Year period. This season's public holidays are: Christmas Day, Saturday 25 December 2021 and Monday 27 December 2021 Boxing Day, Sunday 26 December 2021 and Tuesday 28 December 2021 New Year's Day, Saturday 1 January 2022 and Monday 3 January 2022 When Christmas...
Labour Relations
Department News
04 Oct 2021
WorkSafe is undertaking a proactive inspection program to look at workplace safety and health issues in takeaway food outlets. The program will involve inspectors visiting fast food outlets in Perth and regional areas of the State throughout the 2021/22 financial year. WorkSafe Acting Director Carla van Ijzendoorn said today the inspection program had been prompted by continued significant...
WorkSafe
Media release
17 Sep 2021
A land development company has been fined $95,000 (and ordered to pay $2044.50 in costs) over an incident in 2018 in which a worker was seriously injured when a wall and a steel plate fell on him. Wormall Civil Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and, by that failure, causing serious injury to an employee, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court today...
WorkSafe
Media release
17 Sep 2021
A recent compliance matter that started with an anonymous report of wage theft has resulted in Private Sector Labour Relations industrial inspectors recovering over $17,000 in underpayments. The employer, who runs a regional accommodation business, conducted a self-audit after being contacted by an industrial inspector. The audit found that more than 30 employees, including chefs, wait and...
Labour Relations
Department News
06 Sep 2021
Children working at the Perth Royal Show 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...
Labour Relations
Event
01 Sep 2021
Wageline has published new WA award summaries for the two WA awards that cover employees working in local government authorities in the state industrial relations system. The WA award summaries for the Local Government Officers Award and the Municipal Employees Award are now available on the WA award summaries page.
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Aug 2021
Wageline has a range of resources in languages other than English to help employees resolve underpayments and report wage theft. The Report Wage Theft website at www.wagetheft.wa.gov.au has information in Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Italian, Korean, Vietnamese and English that assists Western Australian workers with how to: seek help with resolving an underpayment issue or...
Labour Relations
Department News
19 Aug 2021
The owner of a former Perth based labour hire business has been issued a significant penalty of $22,704 for underpaying an international student more than $31,000 over a two year period. Garth Douglas Smith, trading as Hi Ho Personnel, has been ordered to repay the employee, who worked as a casual storeperson, $31,396.94 in underpayments plus over $6,500 interest and a penalty of $22,704 plus...
Labour Relations
Media release
18 Aug 2021
A roofing company has been fined $450,000 (and ordered to pay $3056 in costs) after a roof plumber fell through a penetration on the construction site of the new Perth Museum. Charman Australia Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court yesterday. Charman is one...
WorkSafe
Media release
13 Aug 2021

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