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Questions asked during Safe Work Month Webinar on 30 October 2020 have been compiled along with the department's responses. Commencement When did the Work Health and Safety Act receive assent? The Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WHS Act) was assented to by the Governor on 10 November 2020. However...
Work health and safety legislation reform
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
Wageline News is released every month with information and updates on: increases to the state minimum wage and WA award rates of pay; changes to key WA awards; results from compliance investigations; and critical issues employers need to know to comply with state employment laws. Subscribe to...
Stay informed with Wageline
Wageline runs a social media campaign in order to raise the level of employer and employee awareness of employment rights and obligations and the pathways available for pursuing an underpayment. Employment obligations can be complex to understand, putting employers at risk of legal action and...
Stay informed with Wageline
This page provides an overview of what types of underpayment complaints can be made to Wageline and the process for resolving an underpayment under state employment laws. Employees covered by state employment laws can make an underpayment complaint to Wageline, which is part of the Private Sector...
Employment rights in WA
This page provides information for WA employers. The page covers: the two systems of employment law that operate in WA and how to determine which one covers your business; and where to find information on pay rates and employment entitlements for your employees so that you comply with your legal...
Employment obligations in WA
This page tells Western Australian small business employers about: the two systems of employment law that operate in Western Australia and how to determine which one covers your business; where to find information on pay rates and employment obligations for your employees so that you comply with...
Employment obligations in WA
Anonymously report wage theft at www.wagetheft.wa.gov.au The Western Australia Government wage theft website www.wagetheft.wa.gov.au allows workers in the state and national system to anonymously report wage theft and find out how to resolve underpayment issues. Wage theft is the systematic and...
Wage theft in Western Australia
This pages provides an overview for Western Australian workers about key minimum entitlements for pay rates and leave and where to find more information on pay rates and employment rights for the work that you are doing. You might also like to visit the How to check your pay and resolve...
Employment rights in WA
This page is a guide for Western Australian workers that 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 you think that you have not been paid correctly. You may also like to visit the Overview of employment rights in...
Employment rights in WA

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This information sheet provides advice to persons in control of a workplace 1 and those involved in inspecting, removing, managing or disposing of asbestos contaminated soils at workplaces. This...
WorkSafe
Information
03 May 2021
It's important for employers and workers to be prepared for the risks associated with cleaning up after a natural disaster. This publication has important health and safety information for cleaning...
WorkSafe
Information
20 Apr 2021
This publication is a summary of the Photographic Industry Award. This award covers employees working in the photographic industry: as developers, printers, mounters, retouchers, colourers, enlargers...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
30 Jun 2021
This publication is a summary of the Retail Pharmacists Award. This award covers employees at retail pharmacies and/or dispensaries working as pharmacists, pharmacts-in-charge, pharmacist managers,...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
30 Jun 2021
This document provides essential information to assist you with your Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards submission. Further information 2021 Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards 2021 Work...
WorkSafe
Information
16 Mar 2021
In November 2020, two workers were in the process of tree lopping in a truck-mounted elevating work platform (EWP) when the boom-type EWP suffered a major structural failure, with the metal support...
WorkSafe
Alert
03 Mar 2021
In September 2020, a bar attendant at a hotel received an electric shock while attempting to turn off a glass washer that was overflowing. The glass washer was plugged into a general power outlet...
WorkSafe
Alert
03 Mar 2021
Note: The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety's investigation is ongoing. Information contained in the safety alert is based on findings at the time of writing. On 29 October 2020, a...
WorkSafe
Alert
23 Feb 2021
On 11 January 2021, the Department received a report of an incident at a mine site where an electronic cigarette (vape) battery spontaneously ignited in a worker’s pocket while he was travelling in a...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
23 Feb 2021
This publication is a summary of the Local Government Officers Award. On 24 June 2021 the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) issued the 2021 State Wage Case decision. The...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
20 Aug 2021

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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
Wageline is marking one year since the launch of the WA long service leave calculator. Over the past year the long service leave calculator has proven to be a valuable tool for both employers and employees, with it being accessed over 74,000 times. The WA long service leave calculator provides an estimate of an employee’s long service leave entitlement when employment ends, for those covered by...
Labour Relations
Department News
03 Jun 2021
The owner of a hairdressing chain has been ordered to pay $90,000 in unpaid employment entitlements and interest to two employees. Wei Zhu - trading as Shining Quick Cuts – was ordered by the Industrial Magistrates Court to pay the employees their outstanding entitlements after enforcement action was taken by Private Sector Labour Relations. The order followed an investigation by industrial...
Labour Relations
Media release
01 Jun 2021
WA’s Commission for Occupational Safety and Health is seeking public comment on the code of practice for workplace behaviour . At the May meeting the Commission endorsed the draft workplace behaviour code of practice and agreed to a three-month public consultation period ending 30 August 2021. The guidance in this draft code of practice should be considered in conjunction with the general duties...
WorkSafe
Department News
31 May 2021
The director of a shed building company has become the first person to be sentenced to a term of imprisonment under WA’s workplace safety and health laws. Director of MT Sheds (WA) Pty Ltd - Mark Thomas Withers - was yesterday sentenced in the Esperance Magistrates Court to two years and two months’ imprisonment following the 2020 death of a young worker and the serious injury of another. He is...
WorkSafe
Media release
25 May 2021
WorkSafe has reminded owner-builders of their responsibility for workplace safety after an owner-builder was fined $25,000 and granted a spent conviction over an incident in which a worker fell from a roof. The South-West owner-builder (who cannot be identified due to the spent conviction) pleaded guilty to failing to take practicable measures to ensure that persons at the workplace were not...
WorkSafe
Media release
21 May 2021
Port Headland and Karratha in Western Australia hold the Queen's Birthday public on different dates, usually to coincide with a significant date or event for that area. The dates for 2021 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 27 September 2021.
Labour Relations
Department News
18 May 2021
Building company Gran Designs WA Pty Ltd has been fined a total of $175,000 over the 2017 death of a contract worker in the South-West town of Yarloop. The company pleaded guilty in the Bunbury Magistrates Court yesterday to five charges, the most serious of which was failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and, by that failure, causing the death of the worker. On this charge the company...
WorkSafe
Media release
12 May 2021
Award coverage for pharmacy assistants employed by businesses in the state industrial relations system has long been a complex and contested issue. On 3 May 2021, the Western Australian Industrial Appeal Court issued a decision determining that the state Shop and Warehouse (Wholesale and Retail Establishments) Award does cover pharmacy assistants. This decision is available on the WA Industrial...
Labour Relations
Department News
10 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 in. Wageline’s new WA employer essentials at www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/WA-employers explains: how to...
Labour Relations
Department News
04 May 2021

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