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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
The department has produced guides for employers on health surveillance for workers exposed to hazardous substance. Health surveillance is monitoring a person to identify changes in their health resulting from exposure. Isocyanates: Health surveillance – Guide for employers Organophosphates: Health...
Health surveillance

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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
The Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 requires employers to take care of the health and safety of their workers and others at the workplace. This includes: providing and maintaining a work...
WorkSafe
Information
09 Apr 2020
In early 2020, an air-conditioning installer suffered a fatal electric shock while working in the roof space of a house. In Western Australia, it is a legal requirement to de-energise and isolate all...
WorkSafe
Alert
17 Sep 2020
While it is reasonable to be concerned about the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, there are a number of actions you can take to look after your mental health during this challenging time. Access...
WorkSafe
Information
08 Apr 2020
It is reasonable for employees to experience increased worry, anxiety and stress about the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Managing the risk to mental health during this time means employees will have...
WorkSafe
Information
08 Apr 2020
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:...
WorkSafe
Information
07 Apr 2020
The Western Australian strategy and framework for the prevention and management of work-related musculoskeletal disorders are intended as useful resources for stakeholders who can influence...
WorkSafe
Information
11 Feb 2020
ThinkSafe is the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s flagship online publication for workplace safety and health in Western Australia. ThinkSafe magazine - September 2020 ThinkSafe...
WorkSafe
Newsletter
01 Oct 2020
In late 2018 the Private Sector Labour Relations (PSLR) division of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety commenced a proactive compliance campaign focused on compliance with...
Labour Relations
Reports
31 Jan 2020

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WorkSafe has successfully prosecuted two companies and two individuals for breaches of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and Regulations. Warren James Piggott, Screenwest Pty Ltd, Quentin Victor Healy and Hanssen Pty Ltd were recently successfully prosecuted by WorkSafe WA. In Joondalup Magistrates Court on Friday a machinery operator at a recycling facility was fined $7500 (and ordered to...
WorkSafe
Media release
26 Nov 2020
WA’s building regulator is seeking public comment on proposals to review registration requirements for building practitioners and contractors. The consultation is part of Building and Energy’s broad review of the compliance and enforcement framework for the WA building industry. The main aim of the initiatives is to improve confidence in the building sector and respond to a major national report...
Building and Energy
Media release
26 Nov 2020
With Christmas not far away, now is the time for employers and employees in the state industrial relations system to check working arrangements for public holidays over the Christmas New Year period. This season’s public holidays are: Christmas Day, Friday 25 December 2020 Boxing Day, Saturday 26 December 2020 and Monday 28 December 2020. New Year’s Day, Friday 1 January 2021. When Boxing Day...
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Dec 2020
A new social media campaign to educate employers and employees in Western Australia has been launched by Wageline at the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. The Inquiry into Wage Theft in Western Australia recommended 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...
Labour Relations
Media release
12 Nov 2020
A Bayswater waste recycling company has been fined a total of $330,000 (and ordered to pay an additional $234,000 in costs) after being found guilty of gross negligence over a 2016 incident in which a labour hire worker’s arm was amputated at the shoulder. Resource Recovery Solutions Pty Ltd was found guilty in the Perth Magistrates Court in July of two offences - gross negligence in failing to...
WorkSafe
Media release
10 Nov 2020
In June 2020, the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) issued the 2020 State Wage Case decision. The WAIRC decision granted a 1.75% per week increase in the state minimum wage and WA award rates of pay from 1 January 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the minimum pay rates for award free employees and all pay rates in WA awards remained unchanged from 1 July 2020. The...
Labour Relations
Department News
06 Nov 2020
Asbestos Awareness Week 2020 runs from 23-29 November 2020. Please take this opportunity to ensure your workplace asbestos management systems are up to date, and that workers are aware of these systems. And remember – buildings built before 1990 are likely to contain materials with asbestos content. Follow the links for more information: Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Industry checklist...
WorkSafe
Event
06 Nov 2020
A WorkSafe proactive inspection program has found that the owners of tower cranes have limited knowledge and understanding of the correct procedures for major inspections of tower cranes. The inspection program was conducted throughout the 2019/20 financial year, looking at safety issues relating to tower cranes in service at WA construction sites in both metropolitan and regional areas. WorkSafe...
WorkSafe
Media release
06 Nov 2020
Wage inspections have uncovered nearly $350,000 in underpayments for hospitality workers, as part of a 12 month compliance campaign by industrial inspectors at the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. A total of $348,890 in underpayments was identified for 369 employees from 49 cafe and restaurant businesses in the state industrial relations system. A large number of businesses...
Labour Relations
Media release
02 Nov 2020
Workplace exposure standard for respirable crystalline silica halved to 0.05 milligrams per cubic metre effective today and respirable coal dust halved to 1.5 milligrams per cubic metre effective October 27, 2021 Media statement Silica Guidance about dusts and other airborne contaminants
WorkSafe
Department News
27 Oct 2020

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