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The information on this page applies only to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trust arrangements as well as any incorporated associations or not for...
WA pay rates and award summaries
The information on this page applies only to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trust arrangements as well as any incorporated associations or not for...
Changes with significant effect
This page lists resources related to working with forklifts. Key information resources Guidance note - Working safely with forklifts Forklift safety Reducing the risk Checklist for forklifts Forklift frequently asked questions Important information for forklift operators in Western Australia...
Forklifts
'Cancer' is a term for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control. The term cancer covers a range of different diseases. There are a number of well-known sets of circumstances which have demonstrated the link between some occupational exposures and some types of cancer. The...
Diseases and health
Before selecting a licenced asbestos removalist, you may wish to confirm that the material to be removed contains asbestos. Only a competent person who has appropriate training, knowledge and experience can identify asbestos containing material (ACM) and determine if the ACM is friable or non-...
Asbestos licensing
To obtain a High Risk Work Licence you will need to be trained by a Registered Training Organisation and assessed by a WorkSafe Registered Assessor. This directory lists assessors who are affiliated with a Registered Training Organisation. At the completion of your training and assessment your...
How to become a high risk work registered assessor
In Western Australia certain demolition work must be carried out by a WorkSafe demolition licence holder. There are three types of demolition licence , please ensure you select the right type of licence holder for the work to be carried out. Find a demolition licence holder Search this directory to...
Demolition licence
Working on or near energised electrical equipment (live work) is the leading cause of burns, shocks, serious accidents and fatalities for electricians. Energy Safety ’s Code of Practice Safe Low Voltage Work Practices by Electricians sets out guidelines issued under the authority of Section 33AA of...
Information for industry
Inhalation of respirable asbestos fibres may cause diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Risk factors include the dose (number of fibres inhaled), lifetime exposure, fibre type, smoking status and genetics. If the health of a person is at risk as a result of exposure to...
Asbestos
Listed below are the licencing fees for asbestos, demolition, high risk work and high risk work assessors . These fees are current as of 1 July 2016 until 30 June 2017. Please note: No GST is payable on fees. Asbestos Application for restricted asbestos licence : $794 Application for renewal of...
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This guidance note applies to all workplaces in Western Australia covered by the OSH Act. It provides guidance for employers and workers on minimising the exposure to underground asset strikes and...
WorkSafe
Guidance note
20 Dec 2016
In recent years, two people have died as a result of crush injuries from falling trailer ramps. The trailer ramps were operated by a sealed hydraulic system. In both incidents, the ramps had earlier...
WorkSafe
Alert
25 Nov 2016
This form is to be used as part of the process of making a complaint to Wageline at the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety about alleged underpayment of a long service leave...
Labour Relations
Form – application
21 Jul 2017
This form is to be used as part of the process of making a complaint to Wageline at the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety about alleged underpayment of wages by an employer. Details...
Labour Relations
Form – application
21 Jul 2017
An employee was fatally injured when the wooden box he was standing in overbalanced and fell on top of him. The employee had been using the box balanced on the tines of a forklift and raised to a...
WorkSafe
Alert
10 Nov 2016
A person engaged to assist with the day-to-day activities at a septic liquid waste pond facility drowned when he slipped into one of the ponds. On the day of the incident the person was required to...
WorkSafe
Alert
10 Nov 2016
Recently construction workers were exposed to asbestos whilst carrying out renovation work on a multi-storey building. A worker was using an electrical jackhammer to remove old waste pipes from a...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
These six templates help small business employers meet their legal obligations for time and record keeping and keep accurate employee leave records. All state system employers are legally required to...
Labour Relations
Template
21 Jul 2017
This occupational safety and health (OSH) newsletter has been developed to provide information and assistance to employers, self-employed persons, persons having control of workplaces and employees...
WorkSafe
Checklist
22 Nov 2016
Cleaning tasks are common to most workplaces, however tasks such as mopping and vacuuming can increase the risk of musculoskeletal injuries such as sprains and strains due to awkward postures,...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
20 Oct 2016

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Announcements

Long service leave payments can be a hidden cost when buying a business. Small business owners and their accountants need to be aware that when someone purchases a business or part of a business in Western Australia, in most circumstances the new owner will take on the long service leave obligations for existing employees, for the whole period of their employment. This applies regardless of...
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Aug 2017
The new and improved Wageline fact sheets for long service leave and record keeping requirements are now available on the Wageline website. These fact sheets provide critical information that employers and employees need to know about long service leave in Western Australia and record keeping requirements in the state industrial relations system. New employee or subcontractor fact sheet Wageline...
Labour Relations
Department News
07 Aug 2017
In the last few months Wageline has been conducting a proactive campaign highlighting employers' obligations to keep employment records. The response to this campaign has been very positive with employers contacting Wageline for extra information and downloading our record keeping templates which assist small business meet their legal obligations. Keeping employment records is a key business...
Labour Relations
Department News
31 Jul 2017
Employees in the state industrial relations system have an entitlement to carers leave from the Minimum Conditions of Employment Act 1993 . A full time or part time employee is entitled to use paid sick leave to care for a member of their family or household who is injured or ill. In the first year of employment, a full time or part time employee can use any paid sick leave that he or she has...
Labour Relations
Department News
26 Jul 2017
A proactive inspection program looking at safety in plant and plant movement in the retail and transport industries has found improvements in some areas, but areas of concern in others. The inspection program was conducted throughout the 2016/17 financial year in Perth and regional areas of the State, focusing on plant and plant movement risk factors in the retail and transport industries...
WorkSafe
Media release
13 Jul 2017
On Wednesday 12 July the Government announced the development of a modernised Work Health and Safety Bill for Western Australia which is based on the national Work Health and Safety Act. This Bill will replace three acts, the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 , Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 ; and Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Safety Levies Act 2011 . The development of the Bill...
WorkSafe
Alert
12 Jul 2017
The Operation Manager of a roofing company has been fined $7500 (and ordered to pay costs of $517) after a labourer was seriously injured in a fall through a skylight. Charles Roy Farmer pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care to avoid adversely affecting another person and, by that failure, causing serious harm and was fined in the Fremantle Magistrates Court on June 26.. In September...
WorkSafe
Media release
07 Jul 2017
WorkSafe has issued a warning to keep children out of hazardous workplaces – particularly farms – during the school holidays. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today workplaces were not the ideal places to take children, especially potentially hazardous ones like farms. “What needs to be kept in mind is that a farm is a workplace that frequently contains plant and machinery that can be...
WorkSafe
Media release
05 Jul 2017
A WorkSafe assessor has been fined $14,000 and had his registration cancelled for a second time after he was found guilty of breaching his duties as an assessor. Kenneth Sully was found guilty of seven charges of failing to assess competency in accordance with the assessment instrument, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court on June 16. Mr Sully’s certificate of registration as a WorkSafe...
WorkSafe
Media release
05 Jul 2017
Many WA awards require employees to be paid a location allowance when working in certain regional towns. A location allowance is paid to employees in regional areas to compensate for the additional cost of living, climatic discomfort, and isolation in these towns. The location allowance is varied in July each year, in accordance with the Consumer Price Index for the cost of living, excluding...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Jul 2017

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