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Everyone in the workplace, including those working on a farm, have duties under work health and safety (WHS) laws. WHS Act and regulations The WHS Act and accompanying regulations came into effect on 31 March 2022. Download the Act Download the regulations Main responsibilities and duties Under WHS...
Farm safety and WHS
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For the National Day of Mourning on Thursday, 22 September 2022 a special public holiday has been proclaimed in Western Australia. The proclamation was published in the Government Gazette on 15 September 2022. This page outlines public holiday entitlements for employees in the state industrial...
Public holiday pay
An industrial inspector may accept a written undertaking from a person, called an ‘enforceable undertaking’, if the inspector reasonably believes the person has contravened an entitlement provision or civil penalty provision under the Industrial Relations Act 1979 . In most cases, the person giving...
Compliance activities
An industrial inspector may issue a compliance notice to a person where they reasonably believe the person has contravened an ‘entitlement provision’ under the Industrial Relations Act 1979 . In most cases, the person will be an employer. What is a compliance notice? A compliance notice requires...
Compliance activities
Industrial inspectors are designated under the Industrial Relations Act 1979 to secure the observance of state employment laws and industrial instruments such as awards. They may do this by a variety of mechanisms including investigating a matter or taking enforcement proceedings in the Industrial...
Compliance activities
Industrial inspectors employed in the Private Sector Labour Relations Division of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (the Department) have responsibility for enforcing state employment laws. The functions of industrial inspectors include: conciliating and investigating...
Compliance activities
This guidance is intended to assist local government authorities and amusement device owners/operators in Western Australia understand their duties under Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws with respect to amusement devices. The Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WHS Act) and Work Health and Safety (...
Plant and machinery
Procedures are agreed safe ways of completing tasks and are an essential part of any safety management system. Usable procedures increase human reliability by providing a consistent and safe means of performing a task. They can also be job aids to assist with reducing skill- based error from slips...
Human factors
An industrial inspector may issue a civil infringement notice (infringement notice) to a person where they reasonably believe the person has contravened a ‘record-related civil penalty provision’ under the Industrial Relations Act 1 979. A record-related civil penalty provision relates to...
Compliance activities

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This Code provides practical guidance to persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) who design structures that will be used, or could reasonably be expected to be used, as a workplace. This...
WorkSafe
Code of practice
15 Jul 2022
This code of practice provides practical guidance on how to manage health and safety risks associated with spray painting and powder coating.
WorkSafe
Code of practice
03 Nov 2022
This code of practice provides practical guidance on how to label hazardous chemicals that are being manufactured or imported for use, handling or storage in Australia.
WorkSafe
Code of practice
15 Jul 2022
This Code provides practical guidance on how to effectively manage risks associated with working with engineered stone and, subsequently, minimise the incidence of respirable crystalline silica...
WorkSafe
Code of practice
15 Jul 2022
This code of practice provides practical guidance on how to manage health and safety risks associated with managing risks of plant in the workplace.
WorkSafe
Code of practice
15 Jul 2022
This code of practice provides practical guidance to PCBUs on how to manage health and safety risks associated with removing asbestos or asbestos containing materials (ACM) from workplaces. A PCBU...
WorkSafe
Code of practice
18 Jul 2022
This code of practice provides practical guidance on how to manage risks associated with asbestos, asbestos containing material (ACM) and asbestos-contaminated dust or debris (ACD) at the workplace...
WorkSafe
Code of practice
18 Jul 2022
This code of practice provides practical guidance for those who design, construct, import, supply or install plant or structures, on how to eliminate, or if that is not possible, minimise the risk of...
WorkSafe
Code of practice
18 Jul 2022
This code of practice provides practical guidance on how to eliminate, or if that is not possible, minimise the risk of falls from height in housing construction. This code of practice should be read...
WorkSafe
Code of practice
18 Jul 2022
This code of practice provides practical guidance on how to manage health and safety risks associated with hazardous chemicals used in the workplace.
WorkSafe
Code of practice
15 Jul 2022

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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
Monday, 26 September 2022 is a public holiday in Western Australia. This public holiday, previously known as the Queen’s Birthday public holiday, is now known as the King’s Birthday public holiday. Wageline has published public holiday information for state system employers and employees on the King's Birthday 2022 public holiday page. This page provides specific information on entitlements for:...
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Sep 2022
WorkSafe Commissioner Darren Kavanagh has released the Terms of Reference for his Inquiry into the Agricultural Industry and appointed an Independent Inquirer to assist him. The death of a Great Southern farm worker in June was the 12th death in the Agriculture industry in 12 months, leading the Commissioner to initiate an Inquiry under the provisions of the Work Health and Safety Act 2020. The...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Aug 2022
A ground and air cargo services company has been fined $110,000 (and ordered to pay $8000 in costs) over an incident in which a baggage handler was seriously injured when he fell from a moving baggage tug at Perth Airport. Swissport Australia Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and, by that failure, causing serious injury to a worker, and was fined in the...
WorkSafe
Media release
22 Jul 2022
In the 2021/22 financial year, Private Sector Labour Relations industrial inspectors recovered $797,977 in unpaid wages and leave entitlements for employees covered by state employment laws. A total of 216 complaints lodged with Private Sector Labour Relations resulted in $514,693 being recovered for employees, with a further $197,367 recovered through ongoing proactive compliance campaigns in...
Labour Relations
Department News
20 Jul 2022
The department has released a series of translated information on the WHS laws to assist vulnerable worker groups, including culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) populations. These information sheets are based on the WHS interpretative guidelines, the information sheets contain simplified wording providing people with guidance on the key concepts they need to understand, with hyperlinks...
WorkSafe
Department News
20 Jul 2022

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