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On 25 June 2020, the Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 (the Bill) was introduced into State Parliament. The Bill was the State Government’s response to the recommendations made by: the 2018 Final Report of the Ministerial Review of the State Industrial Relations System conducted...
Industrial relations reform in Western Australia
To be entitled to long service leave under the Long Service Leave Act 1958 , an employee’s employment with their employer must be continuous. The amount of long service leave is determined by the employee’s period of continuous employment . Under the Long Service Leave Act, an employee must be paid...
Long service leave
In May 2020, temporary state system JobKeeper provisions were introduced for private sector state system employers and employees who were participating in the Commonwealth JobKeeper scheme. These provisions were implemented by the COVID-19 JobKeeper General Order issued by the Western Australian...
COVID-19 coronavirus
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...
Unpaid pandemic leave
Working from home can be a temporary arrangement or an ongoing agreement between the employer and the worker which allows workers to perform work at their home. No matter what arrangement has been made, under the Occupational Safety and Health legislation, both the employer and the worker have a...
Office safety
The following information has been developed to assist employers and employees meet their safety and health obligations. Department of Mines Industry Regulation and Safety Public transport including taxis and rideshare services - Minimising the risk of exposure to COVID-19 Working from home Safe...
COVID 19 - Coronavirus
The following information has been developed for employers and employees looks at ways to look after your mental health during this challenging time. COVID-19 coronavirus guide for employers: Looking after your mental health COVID-19 coronavirus guide for employees: Looking after your mental health...
COVID 19 - Coronavirus
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:image_medium {"link":"https:\/\/ www.commerce.wa.gov.au \/publications\/what-do-if-worker-has-covid-19...
COVID 19 - Coronavirus
This page contains frequently asked questions on COVID-19. Is social (physical) distancing required at work? Social (also called physical) distancing must be followed at work as far as practicable, based on principles published by the Department of Health . The extent of social distancing will...
COVID 19 - Coronavirus
State system private sector 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...
COVID-19 coronavirus

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This strategic plan sets out realistic goals for the Commission for Occupational Safety and Health to achieve over the next three years.
WorkSafe
Plans
24 Jun 2020
The department's mental health and wellbeing inspectors have developed a series of resources on workplace mental health and wellbeing. The concepts presented may assist workplaces to discuss, consult...
WorkSafe
Information
15 Jun 2021
WorkSafe has identified instances where demolition work was conducted without first removing asbestos-containing materials. Recently, workers may have been exposed to asbestos while carrying out...
WorkSafe
Alert
17 Sep 2020
In April 2020, a worker was transferring compressed air from one air receiver (pressure vessel) to a second air receiver that was mounted on a frame for transportation with a forklift. The second air...
WorkSafe
Alert
17 Sep 2020
The Western Australian occupational safety and health laws require employers to take care of the safety and health of workers and others at the workplace. This includes providing and maintaining, so...
WorkSafe
Information
15 May 2020
The Western Australian occupational safety and health laws require employers to take care of the safety and health of their workers and others at the workplace. This includes: providing and...
WorkSafe
Information
15 May 2020
The Western Australian occupational safety and health laws require employers to take care of the safety and health of their workers and others at the workplace. This includes: providing and...
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
04 Jun 2020
The Western Australian occupational safety and health laws require employers to take care of the safety and health of their workers and others at the workplace. This includes: providing and...
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
01 May 2020
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

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In most cases, when employment ends after at least 7 years of continuous employment , an employee is entitled to pro rata long service leave. The WA long service leave calculator can provide an estimate of an employee’s long service leave entitlement when employment ends as a result of resignation, dismissal, death or redundancy. Since its launch in mid 2020, the WA long service leave calculator...
Labour Relations
Department News
18 Jan 2021
Amendments to the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996, relating to health surveillance for workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica will come into effect on 15 April 2021. The amendments will require employers to provide a low-dose HRCT scan, supervised by an appointed medical practitioner, instead of the previously required chest X-ray. Western Australia is the first...
WorkSafe
Alert
18 Jan 2021
Wageline has published three new WA award summaries: Enrolled Nurses and Nursing Assistants (Private) Award Industrial Spraypainting and Sandblasting Award Sheet Metal Workers Award The Enrolled Nurses and Nursing Assistants (Private) Award covers trainee and student enrolled nurses, enrolled nurses and nursing assistants in the state industrial relations system. The Industrial Spraypainting and...
Labour Relations
Department News
15 Jan 2021
From today, employees who need to make a complaint to Private Sector Labour Relations about underpayments can use our new Underpayment of wages and entitlements complaint form. The new form is easier to complete and streamlines the process of providing initial information to the industrial inspectors at Private Sector Labour Relations. Previously, state system employees with both a wages or...
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Jan 2021
The public holiday for Australia Day in 2021 is Tuesday 26 January. Each WA award prescribes entitlements for public holidays. These entitlements vary from industry to industry, so it is essential that employers and employees read their relevant WA award summary and understand their rights and obligations. Entitlements can include penalty rates, additional leave and time in lieu. The Australia...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Jan 2021
Workplaces have been reminded to guard against the effects of extreme temperatures as another week of summer heat hits the State. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Darren Kavanagh today reminded employers and workers of the need to take extra care during the summer months to avoid the risk of heat stress or the more serious heat stroke. “This warning goes out not only to outdoor workers, but also to...
WorkSafe
Media release
05 Jan 2021
The Wageline contact centre will be closed from Friday 25 December 2020 to Friday 1 January 2021, and will reopen at 8:30am on Monday 4 January 2021. Information on employment obligations and entitlements will continue to be available during that period on the Wageline website www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/wageline . The Christmas New Year 2020–21 public holiday arrangements page provides information on...
Labour Relations
Department News
21 Dec 2020
The school holidays are just starting and many young workers will be keen to earn some extra money by working over the break, but in Western Australia there are restrictions on where and when children under 15 can work. Employers, parents and young workers need to know that children who are 13 or 14 can only work in a shop, fast food outlet, cafe, restaurant or deliver newspapers or other...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 Apr 2021
A Mandurah glazing company has been fined $90,000 (and ordered to pay $3474.50 in costs) after a worker was seriously injured when he was trapped under multiple glass sheets that fell on him. Madora Bay Glass Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee and was fined in the Mandurah Magistrates Court yesterday...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Dec 2020
Wageline today launched new resources on the Wageline website at www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/wagetheft to assist all WA employers and employees find the right information on their employment rights and obligations. The 2019 Inquiry into Wage Theft in Western Australia found one of the reasons wage theft occurs is a lack of knowledge of employment conditions by both workers and employers. Wageline’s new...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Dec 2020

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