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This information is designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the role of WorkSafe. What is the role of the Department? WorkSafe, part of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, is the WHS department that will assist the...
About WorkSafe
This information is designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the new Work Health and Safety laws. Will there be a transition period for businesses to adopt the new laws? Yes, transitional arrangements are now in place where duties are new...
Work health and safety laws
This information is designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the Work Health and Safety laws. The WHS Act and accompanying regulations came into effect on 31 March 2022. Download the Act Download the Regulations WHS publications and...
Work health and safety laws
The regulator can grant a group of people an exemption from complying with a regulation of the Work Health and Safety Regulations. These are referred to as a class exemptions. It is important to read class exemptions closely to see if they apply to you, and if you cannot meet all of the conditions...
Class exemptions
The State Government is committed to engaging with suppliers who meet their employment and industrial obligations. The Supplier Wage Audit (SWA) unit is responsible for auditing suppliers to government to ensure compliance with employment obligations under applicable industrial laws and instruments...
Supplier wage audit
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
Work health and safety is everybody’s business. We all have a role to play in keeping our workplaces healthy and safe. You can stay connected by: attending your local agricultural shows and WorkSafe WA events like Safe Work Month sign up to WorkSafe’s regular email news alert follow WorkSafe on...
What’s happening in agriculture?
Call 1800 678 198 to report a workplace related death, serious injury or illness, or immediately life-threatening dangerous incident. These must be reported to WorkSafe immediately after becoming aware of the incident. Urgent medical assistance where required should be sought prior to contacting...
Farm safety – Report an incident
Safety alerts are issued by WorkSafe to provide background information and contributing factors which have contributed to an incident. These alerts also suggest practical measures which can be put in place to assist in reducing the risk. Listed below are Safety alerts which are relevant to the...
Farm safety alerts
WorkSafe is developing a series of case studies showcasing: real incidents where the people involved have suffered a serious injury or death; and examples of practical approaches which have been used by farmers in Western Australia to improve safety. Be sure to keep checking this page to see our...
Farm safety – Know the hazards

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WorkSafe Mines Safety has received a number of notifications reporting potentially serious incidents involving breakthroughs into areas or headings that have not been barricaded. Recent incidents...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
20 Sep 2022
From 2018 to 2021, six serious incidents relating to air conditioning flushing canisters have been reported on mine sites in Western Australia. In five of these incidents, the flushing canister had...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
20 Sep 2022
A number of incidents have recently occurred when plant has been used to lift, lower or suspend loads near workers. Incidents have resulted in serious injuries and fatalities. Contributory factors...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
20 Sep 2022
Alloy lifting chains and associated components (such as hooks, shackles and links) are used widely across a variety of industries and environments to lift and move loads. There are a number of forms...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
20 Sep 2022
The Psychosocial hazards in the workplace code of practice focuses on the general principles applied to the prevention and management of psychosocial hazards in the workplace. The intent of this code...
WorkSafe
Code of practice
26 Aug 2022
The Workplace behaviour Code of practice focuses on the general principles applied to the prevention and management of inappropriate or unreasonable behaviour in the workplace. The intent of the...
WorkSafe
Code of practice
26 Aug 2022
Until recently, quad bikes were the vehicle of choice for many agricultural and farming workers. However, because quad bikes have been involved in a large number of serious injuries and deaths in...
WorkSafe
Information
22 Aug 2022
A person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) must do what is ‘reasonably practicable’ to keep workers and other people at the workplace healthy and safe. PCBUs must eliminate risks to health...
WorkSafe
Information
05 Aug 2022
Nominating authorities who are currently authorised under the Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2021 to appoint adjudicators and review adjudicators in Western Australia.
Building and Energy
Register
29 Jul 2022
This code of practice provides practical guidance on how to manage health and safety risks associated with welding processes in the workplace. Although this Code focuses on welding processes, it may...
WorkSafe
Code of practice
15 Jul 2022

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Announcements

WorkSafe is investigating the work-related death of a 50-year-old man at Bibra Lake on 18 October 2022. Investigators have responded to a report of an incident at the premises of transport and logistics company Matic Transport. WorkSafe investigators examine the circumstances of incidents with a view to ensuring compliance and preventing future incidents of a similar nature. WorkSafe WA...
WorkSafe
Media release
21 Oct 2022
Wageline has published comprehensive information for state system employers and employees on the public holidays over the Christmas New Year period. This season's public holidays are: Christmas Day, Sunday 25 December 2022 and Monday 26 December 2022 Boxing Day, Monday 26 December 2022 and Tuesday 27 December 2022 New Year's Day, Sunday 1 January 2023 and Monday 2 January 2023 When Christmas Day...
Labour Relations
Department News
31 Oct 2022
WorkSafe is investigating the possible work-related death of a 68-year-old farmer near Beverley yesterday. The man was reported to have been working on a farm when he was struck by machinery. WorkSafe investigators examine the circumstances of incidents with a view to ensuring compliance and preventing future incidents of a similar nature. WorkSafe Commissioner Darren Kavanagh said any work-...
WorkSafe
Media release
05 Oct 2022
Two new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) sheets are now available. The new FAQs cover digital identity and the WA Relationship Authorisation Manager (WARAM). The My Account FAQ has also been updated. The FAQs provide answers to common questions such as: What is a digital identity and why we need to protect it? What is the WARAM and how can it benefit our customers and their business ? Both new...
Corporate
Department News
29 Sep 2022
Dates and locations have been announced for public consultation on the WorkSafe Commissioner’s Inquiry into safety in the agriculture industry. WorkSafe Commissioner Darren Kavanagh announced the Inquiry in June following the 12 th death in 12 months in the agriculture industry, and appointed an Independent Inquirer, Pam Scott, to undertake the Inquiry. Ms Scott will visit four regional centres...
WorkSafe
Media release
28 Sep 2022
The entitlement to two weeks’ unpaid pandemic leave has been extended for private sector state system employees. The unpaid pandemic leave provisions were implemented through the COVID-19 General Order issued by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission on 25 March 2022. The General Order now applies until 31 January 2023, unless extended. The COVID-19 General Order applies to...
Labour Relations
Department News
27 Sep 2022
WorkSafe is investigating the work-related death of a 59-year-old farmer at a property 20km north of Esperance yesterday. The man was reported to have been performing repairs under a seed bin when the bin fell on him, inflicting fatal crush injuries. WorkSafe investigators examine the circumstances of incidents with a view to ensuring compliance and preventing future incidents of a similar nature...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Sep 2022
On the National Day of Mourning on Thursday, 22 September 2022 a special public holiday will be held in Western Australia. Wageline has published information on employment entitlements for state system employees on the National Day of Mourning public holiday page. Employers and employees covered by national fair work industrial relations system, including employees covered by national modern...
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Sep 2022
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 the Royal Show. Business owners and...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Sep 2022
Submissions have been invited to the WorkSafe Inquiry into safety in the agriculture sector . In addition to the call for written submissions, Independent Inquirer Pam Scott will seek community consultation in person at venues to be announced throughout WA. WorkSafe Commissioner Darren Kavanagh announced the Inquiry in June after the 12 th death in the agriculture sector over a 12-month period...
WorkSafe
Media release
05 Sep 2022

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