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This page helps WA workers find information about employment rights, including pay rates and leave entitlements. You might also like to visit the How to check your pay and get help with underpayments page and the Overview of employment rights in WA page. Two different industrial relations systems...
Employment rights in WA
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...
Record keeping and pay slip requirements
The Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 was passed as the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WHS Act) and assented to by the Governor on 10 November 2020. The WHS Act will not commence until proclamation. The WHS regulations have to be finalised before proclamation occurs. Work on the WHS regulations...
Work health and safety legislation reform
Medical practitioners undertaking health surveillance are required to have an understanding of the potential adverse health effects of inorganic arsenic and to use their clinical knowledge to advise on health surveillance for workers in the workplace. Source Arsenic is widely distributed in rocks...
Health surveillance
Appointed Medical Practitioners (AMPs) are expected to have a good understanding of the duties of an AMP as outlined in regulation 5.24 of the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 (‘the Regulations’). Medical practitioners who wish to become an AMP are required to be adequately trained...
Health surveillance
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

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This publication is a summary of the Enrolled Nurses and Nursing Assistants (Private) Award. On 24 June 2021 the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) issued the 2021 State Wage...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
30 Jun 2021
This publication is a summary of the Industrial Spraypainting and Sandblasting Award. On 24 June 2021 the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) issued the 2021 State Wage Case...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
30 Jun 2021
This publication is a summary of the Sheet Metal Workers Award. On 24 June 2021 the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) issued the 2021 State Wage Case decision. The WAIRC...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
30 Jun 2021
Employers are required to ensure that where fitted respirators are required to protect health, these are correctly fitted. Examples of fitted respirators (also called respiratory protective equipment...
WorkSafe
Information
15 Jan 2021
The Digital DMIRS Strategy seeks to improve the department’s operations and service delivery through the effective use of technology. Some goals of the strategy are to modernise digital systems and...
Corporate
Information
23 Dec 2020
This publication is a summary of the Transport Workers (Passenger Vehicles) Award. There are several WA awards covering the work of a driver or driver assistant. The award that applies will depend on...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
30 Jun 2021
This publication is a summary of the Bakers (Country) Award. A baker working in a bakery that is more than 45kms from the Perth General Post Office is likely to be covered by this award. A baker or...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
06 Jul 2021
This publication is a summary of the Aboriginal Communities and Organisations Award. On 24 June 2021 the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) issued the 2021 State Wage Case...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
30 Jun 2021
Despite all sporting, horse riding industry and education bodies promoting the use of safety approved riding helmets, it has been found that some cattle stations are allowing station hands to ride...
WorkSafe
Alert
17 Sep 2020
In March 2020, a young worker was assaulted during a robbery by three males at a 24-hour service station. The worker was new to the job and was working alone for the duration of the night shift. At...
WorkSafe
Alert
17 Sep 2020

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Employees who believe they have been underpaid can make an underpayment complaint to Wageline, which is part of Private Sector Labour Relations at the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. The process for making a complaint is set out at Making a Complaint about underpayment of wages or entitlements . State system employees For state system employees, Private Sector Labour...
Labour Relations
Department News
30 Apr 2021
Wednesday 28 April 2021 is World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Worker's Memorial Day. This day provides us an opportunity not only to raise awareness of safety and health in workplaces but to remember those who have died from a work-related injury or illness. The International Labour Organisation annually sets a theme for the day. This year's theme is Anticipate, prepare and respond to...
WorkSafe
Event
23 Apr 2021
Wageline has published two new WA award summaries for the: Retail Pharmacists Award ; and Photographic Industry Award The Retail Pharmacists Award covers employees working in retail pharmacies and/or dispensaries as pharmacists, pharmacist managers, pharmacists-in-charge, trainee pharmacists (interns) and pharmacy students in the state industrial relations system. The Photographic Industry Award...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Apr 2021
Long service leave is a paid leave entitlement for employees who have continuous employment with one and the same employer for a specified period. The majority of private sector Western Australian businesses and employees in both the state and national industrial relations systems are covered by the state Long Service Leave Act 1958. Detailed information is available on the Long service leave –...
Labour Relations
Department News
12 Apr 2021
Easter is almost here and before the long weekend begins, employers and employees in the state industrial relations system should check their employment entitlements for the Easter period. The Western Australian public holidays for the 2021 Easter period are: Good Friday – 2 April Easter Monday – 5 April The Easter 2021 public holiday page provides information on employment entitlements for:...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 Apr 2021
In May 2020, the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission issued the COVID-19 JobKeeper General Order. This General Order applied to private sector state system employer and employees who were participating in the Commonwealth JobKeeper scheme. The COVID-19 JobKeeper General Order allowed qualifying employers to temporarily stand down an employee or reduce their hours of work. On 28...
Labour Relations
Department News
26 Mar 2021
Wageline at the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has launched its Twitter account . The Inquiry into Wage Theft in Western Australia recommended a social media campaign to raise the level of employer and employee awareness of employment rights and obligations and the pathways for resolving an underpayment. In November 2020, Wageline launched its social media campaign with a...
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Mar 2021
Nominations are now open for the prestigious 2021 Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards, celebrating safety across Western Australian workplaces. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Darren Kavanagh said the Awards would recognise outstanding solutions and innovations in health and safety across all WA workplaces. “This is a terrific opportunity for WA businesses to show off their workplace safety...
WorkSafe
Media release
22 Mar 2021
WorkSafe has commenced prosecution action against a shed building company and its director over the fall death of a worker and the serious injury of another worker in March 2020. MT Sheds (WA) Pty Ltd and company director Mark Thomas Withers face a total of seven separate charges including charges in relation to the death of Jake Williams and serious injuries to Fraser Pinchin last year. The...
WorkSafe
Media release
22 Mar 2021
The Western Australian public holidays for the 2021 Easter period are: Good Friday – 2 April Easter Monday – 5 April While Easter Saturday, 3 April is not a public holiday in Western Australia, some WA awards require employees to be paid additional rates on this day. To check if this applies to your situation visit the WA award summaries page or alternatively contact Wageline on 1300 655 266. For...
Labour Relations
Department News
08 Mar 2021

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