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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
The Location Allowance rates on this page apply from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021 and are provided for historical purposes. For Location Allowance rates effective from 1 July 2021 visit the Location Allowance for employees in regional areas page. This information is only relevant to employers and...
WA pay rates and award summaries
The fees below are exclusive of GST and effective from 1 July 2021. Building services and plumbing licensing fees A print-friendly PDF version of the complete fee schedule is available below. Click here to download the document Electrical licensing fees A print friendly PDF version of the complete...
Fees and payment options
Clean up after cyclones, storms or floods Cyclones, storms and floods can be traumatic events for those involved and there is naturally a sense of urgency around clean up activities. However, the most important part of a recovery operation is the wellbeing of workers, volunteers and the community...
Environmental factors
Wage theft is the systematic and deliberate underpayment of wages or entitlements to a worker. The Report wage theft website tells you how to anonymously report wage theft to the relevant Government department. The website is relevant for both state system and national system employees. The wage...
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 tells you how to get help if you think you have been underpaid. The information on this page assumes you have worked out which of the two industrial relations systems which operate in WA covers your employer and your job. If not, please read the Work out which industrial relations system...
Employment rights for WA workers
This page helps you find the right information on pay rates and employment entitlements for your job. The information on this page assumes you have worked out which of the two industrial relations systems which operate in WA covers your employer and your job. If not, please read the Work out which...
Employment rights for WA workers
Two different industrial relations systems operate in Western Australia, the state system and the national fair work system. Which one covers you depends on the type of structure of your employer’s business. A particular type of job or occupation can have different pay rates and working...
Employment rights for WA workers

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This guide which can be viewed or printed is for Western Australian workers and tells you about: key minimum entitlements for pay rates and leave; and where to find more information on pay rates and...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
26 Jul 2021
Two diferent industrial relations systems operate in WA, the state system and the national fair work system. The two systems have different employment rights and obligations. Which of these two...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
26 Jul 2021
This guide which can be printed is for Western Australian workers and 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...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
26 Jul 2021
This checklist has been developed to provide information and assistance to employers, self-employed persons, persons having control of workplaces and employees working on farms. This checklist will...
WorkSafe
Checklist
19 Jul 2021
Between July 2018 and May 2021, WorkSafe WA undertook a proactive compliance project into engineered stone benchtop fabrication and installation to investigate respirable crystalline silica (RCS)...
WorkSafe
Reports
14 Jul 2021
This publication applies to cafés or restaurant businesses in the state industrial relations system where the business operates as: sole traders (e.g. Jane Smith trading as Jane’s Café)...
Labour Relations
Flyers
02 Jul 2021
This publication applies to cafés or restaurant businesses in the state industrial relations system where the business operates as: sole traders (e.g. Jane Smith trading as Jane’s Café)...
Labour Relations
Flyers
02 Jul 2021
This publication applies to cafés or restaurant businesses in the state industrial relations system where the business operates as: sole traders (e.g. Jane Smith trading as Jane’s Café)...
Labour Relations
Flyers
02 Jul 2021
Minimum pay rates for staff – legal employment obligations of beauty salon business owners Owners of beauty salon businesses which operate in the state industrial relations system must provide the...
Labour Relations
Flyers
02 Jul 2021
An abattoir worker sustained a fatal knife wound while working in the cattle head processing area when a spare hook fell from the processing rail holding the head and struck their knife. The knife...
WorkSafe
Alert
14 Jun 2021

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Private Sector Labour Relations has just launched a new community education campaign to help Western Australian employers and employees understand employment rights. The Employment Rights in WA campaign aims to raise employers’ and employees’ awareness of their employment rights and obligations and the pathways for employees to resolve an alleged underpayment. A key part of the campaign is...
Labour Relations
Department News
27 Jul 2021
Business owners and their accountants need to be aware that when someone purchases a business or part of a business in Western Australia, if there has been a transmission of business, the new owner will take on the long service leave obligations for existing employees, and this is regardless of anything written in a sale of business contract. In order to be entitled to long service leave under...
Labour Relations
Department News
12 Jul 2021
In the 2020/21 financial year, Private Sector Labour Relations industrial inspectors recovered $1,240,151 in unpaid wages and leave entitlements for employees covered by state employment laws. A total of 199 complaints lodged with Private Sector Labour Relations resulted in $566,678 being recovered for employees, with a further $518,348 recovered through an ongoing proactive compliance campaign...
Labour Relations
Media release
06 Jul 2021
The state minimum wage and all WA award rates of pay are increasing by 2.5% from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2021. The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission issued the 2021 State Wage Case decision on 24 June 2021. Wageline now has available the July 2021 versions of its WA award summaries which include the new rates of pay that will apply from 1 July 2021, and has...
Labour Relations
Department News
30 Jun 2021
On 24 June 2021, the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission increased the state minimum wage and all pay rates in WA awards effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2021. The state minimum wage for adult employees (21 and over) has increased by 2.5% or $19 per week to $779.00 per week. WA award rates of pay have increased by 2.5%. Junior rates and rates for apprentices...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 Jul 2021
The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission has today increased the state minimum wage and all pay rates in WA awards effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2021. The state minimum wage for adult employees (21 and over) will increase by 2.5% ($19 per week) to $779.00 per week. WA award rates of pay will also increase by 2.5%. Junior rates and rates for apprentices and...
Labour Relations
Department News
24 Jun 2021
WorkSafe has commenced prosecution action against a subcontractor over serious injuries suffered by a worker on the Forrestfield Airport Link Project in July 2018. Salini Australia Pty Ltd has been charged with failing to provide and maintain a safe working environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee. On the afternoon of July 7, 2018, three Salini employees were engaged...
WorkSafe
Media release
24 Jun 2021
The Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Bill 2021 has today passed through Parliament The Bill will improve security of payment across the WA building and construction industry An additional $6.9 million allocated for implementation, training and compliance The McGowan Government's Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Bill 2021 has today passed State...
Building and Energy
Media release
22 Jun 2021
Many WA awards require employees to be paid a location allowance when employed in certain regional towns. Location allowances have just been increased by the 2021 Location Allowance General Order, and new rates take effect from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2021. The new rates for each town and a list of the relevant WA awards are available on the Location Allowance for employees in...
Labour Relations
Department News
22 Jun 2021
There are two systems of employment law that operate in WA – the state industrial relations system and the national fair work system. These systems have different employment obligations, so getting the right information is critical. Employers and employees cannot choose which system they operate under. The state system includes businesses and organisations (and their employees) that operate as...
Labour Relations
Department News
08 Jun 2021

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