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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
The following media releases on successful enforcement matters before the Industrial Magistrates Court have been issued: 2020 Court finds casual employee entitled to long service leave - Atlantic Healthcare Services (Ubiquitous Holdings Pty Ltd), North Perth Accountancy firm ordered to pay former...
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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
Below are historical documents relating to the development of OSH legislation in Western Australia 1983 Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare legislation - A public discussion document - Hon DK Dans MLC 1983 1987 Second reading speech - Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Amendment Bill - Hon...
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This guide provides guidance in managing the risks associated with approved and controlled traffic and essential services across regional borders during the COVID-19 pandemic. The situation is...
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
01 May 2020
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 - May 2020 ThinkSafe...
WorkSafe
Newsletter
28 May 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

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The Industrial Magistrates Court has ruled that an aged care worker was entitled to almost $10,000 for unpaid long service leave after being employed on a casual basis for 13 years. The casual personal care assistant worked for Atlantic Healthcare Services (Ubiquitous Holdings Pty Ltd) between 2001 and 2014 and during this period was placed with a number of health care clients. Private Sector...
Labour Relations
Media release
05 Jun 2020
Jobseekers wanting to work in the WA construction industry may be misled by a company offering “introductory” online safety training courses. It is a requirement for people working on a construction site in Australia to have what is known as a “white card” which indicates they have undertaken and passed a safety induction course delivered by a registered training provider. Consumer Protection and...
WorkSafe
Media release
21 May 2020
Temporary state system COVID-19 JobKeeper provisions have been introduced for private sector state system employers and employees who are participating in the Commonwealth JobKeeper scheme. These provisions were implemented by the COVID-19 JobKeeper General Order issued by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission on 15 May 2020. The state system JobKeeper provisions allow employers...
Labour Relations
Department News
15 May 2020
The Industrial Magistrates Court has ordered chartered accountancy firm Hall Chadwick (WA) Pty Ltd to pay a former tax accountant $21,604.79 for unpaid long service leave entitlements plus $3,500 in interest. The tax accountant had been employed by Hall Chadwick for more than 10 years but did not receive payment for accrued long service leave when she resigned in 2017. Private Sector Labour...
Labour Relations
Media release
01 May 2020
Some regional areas in Western Australia hold the Queen's Birthday public holiday on different dates. The dates for 2020 are now available on the Regional dates for the Queen's Birthday public holiday page. In all other areas of Western Australia, the Queen's Birthday public holiday will be held on Monday 28 September 2020.
Labour Relations
Department News
29 Apr 2020
An entitlement to two weeks’ unpaid pandemic leave has been introduced for private sector state system employees. New flexibility provisions enabling employers and employees to agree to an employee taking twice as much annual leave at half pay or to agree for the employee to take annual leave in advance have also been implemented. These new provisions are effective from 14 April 2020. The new...
Labour Relations
Department News
15 Apr 2020
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

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