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This is a free information-sharing forum for managers and OSH personnel in the community-based aged care and disability services industry. It is designed to share findings from the recent WorkSafe compliance campaign examining OSH management systems of service providers of personal care, domestic...
Information sessions and workshops
The awards recognise outstanding OSH management, solutions and innovation in Western Australian workplaces and are now open for submissions. WorkSafe strongly encourages you to submit an entry for a worthy individual, solution or organisation and would appreciate you informing your colleagues and...
Work Safety Awards
David Hillyard was appointed as Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection in December 2015. Prior to this, he was the Director of Consumer Protection’s Retail and Services Directorate. David has worked with Consumer Protection for over 35 years and has been in senior management roles where most...
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The information on this page applies only to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trust arrangements as well as any incorporated association or not for...
Public holiday pay
The Children and Community Services Act 2004 regulates the employment of children under the age of 15 years in Western Australia. T hese child employment laws apply to all Western Australian employers. This includes employers covered by the state industrial relations system and WA awards and...
When children can work
In December 2016 and January 2017, the Department of Commerce ran free information sessions for building and construction industry participants relating to the amendments to the Construction Contracts Act 2004 . Key changes began to come into effect from 15 December 2016 with the aim of creating...
Changes and reforms to the Construction Contracts Act
I have heard that adjudication is too costly? While there are costs involved with using adjudication, typically these costs are far less than those involved in commencing court action. Do construction contracts need to be in writing? No. There is no requirement that construction contracts be in...
Subcontractors guide to payment disputes
An adjudicator’s determination is binding on the parties and appeal rights are very limited. The Act provides a right to apply to the State Administrative Tribunal only where the adjudicator dismissed the application for adjudication without making a determination of the dispute. The adjudicator...
Subcontractors guide to payment disputes
If the adjudicator has made a determination and payment has not been received within the time specified, then there are two steps that should be taken. The first step is to suspend works on the construction project. Under the Act, a contractor may give notice to the head contractor (or principal)...
Subcontractors guide to payment disputes
The adjudicator’s determination is binding on the parties, until the time of a court judgement or arbitration award is made concerning the matter arising under the contract. If neither party initiates court or arbitration proceedings the determination will remain binding. If the determination...
Subcontractors guide to payment disputes

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WorkSafe Western Australia is the government agency responsible for regulating WA’s occupational safety and health (OSH) legislation. When incidents occur at workplaces, employers are required to...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
10 Apr 2017
Recently WorkSafe has seen scaffolding where damaged components and unsafe practices were used in the erection of the scaffold. These included broken connection lugs and components secured with wire...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
07 Apr 2017
A checklist for removing non-friable (bonded) asbestos, for both licenced asbestos removalists and for those removing small quantities (less than 10 m2) who do not require a licence.
WorkSafe
Checklist
31 Mar 2017
A builder who engages contractors or directly employs people has obligations to meet safety and health requirements under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (the Act). The Act also sets out...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
16 Mar 2017
Wageline's Long Service Leave in Western Australia fact sheet provides a publication format version of the information on the Long Service Leave page of this website for ease of printing.
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
15 Mar 2017
This checklist applies where any inspection, cleaning, repair, maintenance or alteration of plant is carried out or where the function or condition of plant is impaired to the extent that it presents...
WorkSafe
Checklist
25 Jan 2017
This occupational safety and health (OSH) handout has been developed to assist employers, self-employed persons, persons having control of workplaces and employees working in airport operations and...
WorkSafe
Checklist
16 Jan 2017
Process and time for adjudications under the provisions of the Construction Contracts Act 2004 as amended by the Construction Contracts Amendment Act 2016.
Building Commission
Fact sheet
13 Jan 2017
WorkSafe visited 82 nail salons between 2012 and 2016 to assess hazardous substances compliance. Air monitoring was conducted in a small number of salons. This publication provides information for...
WorkSafe
Information
06 Jan 2017
This occupational safety and health (OSH) newsletter has been developed to provide information and assistance to employers, self-employed persons, persons having control of workplaces and employees...
WorkSafe
Checklist
03 Jan 2017

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The Anzac Day public holiday is on Tuesday 25 April 2017. Do you know your employment obligations for this public holiday? If an employee is covered by a WA award, check the relevant award on the WA award summaries page of our website. Information about public holidays for state system award free employees is available on the Pay rates for public holidays page of our website or for more...
Labour Relations
Department News
19 Apr 2017
Easter is here this weekend. Do you know your employment obligations? The Western Australian public holidays for the 2017 Easter period are: Good Friday - Friday 14 April 2017 Easter Monday - Monday 17 April 2017 Visit the Easter 2017 public holiday arrangement page for: An overview of the Easter public holiday payment arrangements for state system employers and employees Detailed information on...
Labour Relations
Department News
12 Apr 2017
Over the past few weeks the Department of Commerce has been conducting a proactive compliance campaign about the employment of children in the fast food industry. The campaign was a success with 975 fast food employers and head offices of franchise groups across the Perth metropolitan area provided with an information pack about the employment of children under the Children and Community Services...
Labour Relations
Department News
07 Apr 2017
A Perth doctor has been ordered to pay a penalty of $4000 plus disbursements for obstructing an investigation into whether he correctly paid one of his workers. The Industrial Magistrates Court ordered the penalties against Dr Patrick Nugawela in a default judgment last month after finding he had obstructed an industrial inspector from the Department of Commerce. Dr Nugawela failed to provide...
Labour Relations
Media release
20 Mar 2017
The fast food industry is a major employer of young workers. The Department of Commerce is currently undertaking a proactive compliance campaign in the fast food industry across the Perth metropolitan area to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Children and Community Services Act 2004 which regulates the employment of children under the age of 15 years. All employers in Western Australia...
Labour Relations
Department News
21 Mar 2017
The Western Australian public holidays for the 2017 Easter period are: Good Friday - Friday 14 April 2017 Easter Monday - Monday 17 April 2017 Visit the Easter 2017 public holiday arrangements page for: An overview of the Easter public holiday payment arrangements for state system employers and employees Detailed information on public holiday arrangements for State system award free employees...
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Mar 2017
Wageline is participating in the Small Business Development Corporation Bizlinks event for small business on Wednesday 29 March 2017. The attached flyer has details on this free event for small business owners.
Labour Relations
Event
03 Mar 2017
Monday 6 March is the Labour Day public holiday. Employers should be aware of their obligations on this public holiday, including public holiday pay rates. If an employer is covered by a WA award, check the relevant award on the WA award summaries page of our website. Information about public holidays for award free employers is available on the Pay rates for public holidays page of our website...
Labour Relations
Department News
28 Feb 2017
An employee has been fined $11,000 (and ordered to pay $1745 in costs) over the death of a fellow worker at a hay baling workplace at Narrogin in 2013. Thomas William Lewis pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care for the safety of another person and, by that failure, causing the person’s death, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court today. At the time of the death, Mr Lewis and...
WorkSafe
Media release
20 Feb 2017
Two different industrial relations systems operate in WA, the state system and the national fair work system. Which system applies to a particular business or organisation and its employees depends on the type of business arrangement under which the employer operates. Wageline's newly revised Guide to who is in the WA state system provides an overview of which types of business are included in...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Feb 2017

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