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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
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...
WA pay rates and award summaries
A Western Australian employee covered by a WA award or industrial agreement requiring superannuation contributions to be paid into a fund is entitled to ‘choice of fund’ under the Industrial Relations Act 1979 (WA) ( the IR Act ). Other employees eligible for superannuation may be entitled to...
Choice of superannuation fund
This page contains frequently asked questions on forklifts. Do I always have to wear the seat belt when operating a forklift truck? Yes. Regulation 4.44 of the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 states that an employer must ensure that the operator of the forklift uses the seat belt...
Forklifts
Did you know? The most common metal guillotine injuries are crushed or amputated fingers. Most of these accidents are not caused by the blade of the guillotine, but by the clamps that hold the sheet of metal being cut. Other injuries are from fingers jamming under the sheet of metal being cut, and...
Plant and machinery
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...
Bereavement leave
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...
Parental leave
Chemicals, just like any other hazard, need to be managed. The information on this page will assist you in achieving this. What should I do to manage chemical hazards? Employers and self employed people have a legal responsibility to obtain adequate information about hazardous substances used in...
Hazardous substances
It is mandatory for employers to release employees who are members of the Reserve to undertake defence service, including defence service training. It is an offence under the federal Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act for an employer to dismiss or otherwise disadvantage an employee for...
Defence reserve service
Employers are required to continue to pay employees their normal wages or salary when they are summonsed to attend court as a juror or witness. There are significant penalties that apply if an employer refuses to pay or acts in a detrimental way to an employee undertaking jury duty. Employers can...
Jury service

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This guide provides information that can be used to decide the most effective solutions for providing safe stables and training facilities.
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
22 May 2014
Information about selecting and using dust masks in construction work.
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
21 May 2014
This is a guide for employers on occupational safety and health issues relevant to casual workers, in particular short-term transient workers.
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
21 May 2014
This guide is to help casual workers understand the safety and health needs of their workplace.
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
22 May 2014
This guide covers the design, manufacture, supply and safe use of a front end loader (FEL), and its ancillary attachments, on a tractor. It also covers used front end loaders, and their attachments for resale.
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
21 May 2014
This document seeks to improve health and safety outcomes in Australian workplaces by offering businesses and employees practical guidance on managing risks related to forklifts.
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
22 May 2014
WA’s occupational safety and health legislation requires that all workplace hazards are identified, the risks assessed and controls put in place. Dusts, fumes and fibres can be a particular problem...
WorkSafe
Information
21 May 2014
This is a joint publication the Department of Commerce, the Department of Mines and Petroleum, and the Department of Health providing information on cracker dust (also known as quarry fines).
WorkSafe
Information
21 May 2014
Provides a sample template for preparing an investigation report into an incident involving manual tasks.
WorkSafe
Information
21 May 2014
Do you provide training to employees that perform manual tasks?
WorkSafe
Training material
21 May 2014

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Announcements

An infrastructure company has been fined $50,000 over an incident in 2011 that resulted in a worker having both legs amputated below the knee. The Pilbara Infrastructure - a wholly owned subsidiary of Fortescue Metals Group Ltd - pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment for a person who was not an employee, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court today. The...
WorkSafe
Media release
09 Jun 2016
WorkSafe has issued a further warning to carefully check High Risk Work Licences after discovering another falsified licence. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today WorkSafe had recently been alerted to a licence that had been altered to include classes of high risk work for which the owner had not been trained. “In this latest instance, a licence was presented to a Canning Vale...
WorkSafe
Media release
07 Jun 2016
Wageline is currently developing a new look and format for its WA Award Summaries. Wageline’s WA Award Summaries provide employers and employees with a snapshot of pay rates and key employment conditions in the relevant state award, as well as critical information for employers on obligations on other state employment laws such as long service leave and employment of children. From 1 July...
Labour Relations
Department News
02 Jun 2016
The WA Industrial Relations Commission today increased the state minimum wage and award wages by $13 per week, effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2016. The state minimum wage for adult award-free employees will increase by $13 to $692.90 per week. Adult pay rates under state awards will also increase by $13. Junior rates will increase proportionately. Wageline will update the...
Labour Relations
Alert
10 Jun 2016
This information is no longer current and is available on the website for historical purposes only. Western Australians are being given the opportunity to contribute to the State’s future workplace safety and health system by submitting comment on the model Work Health and Safety Regulations. In December 2015, the WorkSafe WA Commissioner provided information on the status of the consultation...
WorkSafe
Media release
01 Jun 2016
WorkSafe has issued a reminder to anyone involved in the transportation and delivery of precast concrete wall panels to ensure that strict safe work procedures are in place. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today employers should ensure they operate in accordance with the relevant Australian Standard and national Code of Practice. “There are laws covering the entire process of...
WorkSafe
Media release
30 May 2016
Monday 6 June 2016 is the Western Australia day public holiday. Employers in the state industrial relations system can check their public holiday obligations on the Pay rates for public holidays page or contact Wageline for more information.
Labour Relations
Department News
23 May 2016
Nominations have been called for the prestigious Work Safety Awards Western Australia 2016. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today the Awards aimed to publicly acknowledge the excellent workplace innovations and occupational safety and health systems being developed in WA. “The Work Safety Awards Western Australia recognise outstanding occupational safety and health management,...
WorkSafe
Media release
06 May 2016
A proactive inspection program covering a two-year period looking at safety in restaurants and cafes has uncovered several areas of concern within the industry. The proactive inspection program, carried out by WorkSafe inspectors over the 2014/15 and 2015/16 financial years, focused on restaurants and cafes across metropolitan and regional areas of the State. A total of 225 workplaces were...
WorkSafe
Media release
22 Apr 2016
A proactive inspection program looking at construction sites in and around Perth’s CBD has found a high level of compliance with workplace safety laws. The program involved construction inspectors checking safety standards at construction sites in the CBD and surrounding suburbs east and west of the city earlier this month. WorkSafe Director Chris Kirwin said today the level of compliance with...
WorkSafe
Media release
22 Apr 2016

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