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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 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 Building Commission 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
Am I a subcontractor or an employee? An employee is paid according to a relevant award or contract and is supplied with the material and equipment required to do the work. A subcontractor is paid through invoices based on results achieved and will supply their own material and equipment to...
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
Once you have made an application for adjudication, it may be withdrawn at any time up until the adjudicator makes a determination. If you wish to withdraw the application and cease adjudication, the Act requires that you serve a notice to withdraw on both the adjudicator and the respondent. Where...
Subcontractors guide to payment disputes

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In May 2017 p resenters from both WorkSafe and the Health Department delivered an information session on asbestos health risks, the relevant legislation, and some common issues that arise in relation...
WorkSafe
Information
23 Oct 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
06 Oct 2017
Wageline's making a complaint process - an employee's guide fact sheet provides a publication format version of the information on the Making a complaint about underpayment of wages and entitlements...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
15 Sep 2017
Wageline's making a complaint process fact sheet provides a publication format version of the information on the Making a complaint about underpayment of wages and entitlements page of this website...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
05 Oct 2017
This page provides a PDF version of the latest editions of the Wageline Newsletter. Wageline Newsletter is an email service which updates you on: increases to the state minimum wage and WA award...
Labour Relations
Newsletter
11 Dec 2017
Slips & trips are a serious issue in most workplaces and account for approximately 23.5% of all lost time injuries every year. Use the practical guide, toolbox talk and posters to assist you in...
WorkSafe
Information
24 Aug 2017
Wageline's employee or subcontractor fact sheet provides a publication format version of the information on the Employee or subcontractor page of this website for ease of printing.
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
07 Aug 2017
At the time the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations were developed a national Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) was developed by Safe Work Australia. An examination of that RIS showed that...
WorkSafe
Information
12 Jul 2017
WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch today (16/12/2015) provided information on the current status of the consultation process and development of the Work Health and safety (WHS) laws. “In August...
WorkSafe
Information
12 Jul 2017
EnergySafety and WorkSafe are calling for public comment on proposals to amend the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 and the Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991 to prohibit work on...
WorkSafe
Information
12 Jul 2017

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A Greenwood medical practitioner has been fined $6280 (and ordered to pay costs of $1067) for failing to comply with a court order to supply an employee's records to an industrial inspector. Dr Patrick Allan Nugawela was found guilty of failing to comply with an order of the Industrial Magistrate's Court to produce records to an industrial inspector, and was fined in the Industrial Magistrate's...
Labour Relations
Media release
16 Nov 2017
Over the festive season Wageline's opening hours will be: Monday 25 December Closed Tuesday 26 December Closed Wednesday 27 December 10am - 4.30pm Thursday 28 December 8.30am - 4.30pm Friday 29 December 8.30am - 4.30pm Monday 1 January Closed Tuesday 2 January 8.30am - 4.30pm Call Wageline on 1300 655 2666. Wageline deals with queries about: pay rates, leave entitlements and other employment...
Labour Relations
Department News
20 Dec 2017
It's that time of year where people are getting their last minute Christmas shopping done and most businesses are preparing to wind down for the holiday period. Though it is a time for employers and employees to switch off and take a break, it is important to understand your employment obligations over the festive holiday period. This season's public holidays are: Christmas Day, Monday 25...
Labour Relations
Department News
18 Dec 2017
The Christmas/ New Year period is rapidly approaching and it is important to understand public holiday obligations for the festive season. This season's public holidays are: Christmas Day, Monday 25 December 2017 Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December 2017 New Year's Day, Monday 1 January 2018 Employers and employees should be aware of their employment obligations on these public holidays. The Christmas...
Labour Relations
Department News
15 Nov 2017
The Wageline Newsletter December edition was sent last week to approximately 10,000 subscribers, and has been published on the Wageline website. This edition features information about the upcoming Christmas / New Year public holidays and what employers need to know about their employment obligations over this period, as well as a range of other critical information for state system employers...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Dec 2017
The festive season has arrived! In preparation for the Christmas/ New Year period many businesses often employ extra staff as Christmas casuals to manage the increase in retail trading hours and customers over this time. Employers need to be aware of their obligations when hiring employees in this type of employment arrangement. A casual employee is someone who works irregular hours each week...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Dec 2017
WorkSafe has begun a proactive inspection program looking at safety issues with workers in WA’s parks and gardens. The inspection program will involve inspectors visiting parks and gardens in Perth and regional areas of the State throughout the remainder of the 2017/18 financial year. WorkSafe Acting Director Sally North said today the inspection program had been prompted by the high number of...
WorkSafe
Media release
13 Nov 2017
A proactive inspection program undertaken by WorkSafe has revealed some areas of concerns with workplace safety in the accommodation sector. The inspection program was conducted throughout the 2016/17 financial year in Perth and regional areas of the State, focusing on smaller accommodation workplaces such as motels, caravan parks, lodges, chalets and bed and breakfasts. WorkSafe Director Sally...
WorkSafe
Media release
03 Nov 2017
WA’s harvest season has begun, and brings with it a reminder from WorkSafe to ensure all safety measures are taken. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today the agriculture sector did not have a good record when it came to workplace safety. “WA’s agriculture, forestry and fishing industry has one of the highest rates of work-related injury of all industries,” Mr McCulloch said. “The...
WorkSafe
Media release
27 Oct 2017
WorkSafe continues to participate in roadblock exercises, with the latest ones revealing a reasonable level of compliance with fatigue management and related laws. WorkSafe recently participated in two joint roadblock operations undertaken by WA Police and also involving Main Roads WA and the Explosives and Dangerous Goods section of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. The...
WorkSafe
Media release
24 Oct 2017

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