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The continuous employment provisions in the Long Service Leave Act changed on 20 June 2022. The effect of a period of workers compensation on an employee’s period of continuous employment will depend on when the employee’s long service leave entitlement fully accrued (became due). Long service...
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How can I comply with the work health and safety laws? Under the Work Health and Safety and Regulations 2022 (WHS Regulations), duty holders will be required to manage the risk of falls at workplaces, as prescribed by the following regulations: Regulation 78 Management of risk of fall Regulations...
Working at height
This information is only relevant to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system . The public holidays for the 2023–2024 Christmas – New Year period are: Christmas Day, Monday 25 December 2023 Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December 2023 New Year's Day, Monday 1 January 2024 Get the...
Public holiday pay
This information is only relevant to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system . About this page This publication contains previous years minimum rates of pay for employees not covered by a WA award - it does not contain the current rates of pay. The current minimum pay...
Minimum rates for award free employees
Our collection of powerpoint presentations are available to use in your workplace or to revisit a workshop you attended. Mining Applying Professor Quinlan's Ten pathways to death and disaster in WA's mining industry WorkSafe Mines Safety and Professor Michael Quinlan, author of Ten Pathways to...
Toolbox presentations
Labour hire arrangements in WA are covered by the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WHS Act) and associated regulations. The primary duty of care under the WHS Act is owed by a PCBU to a ‘worker’, which includes a labour hire worker. All PCBUs who supply workers to other businesses (labour hire...
Main responsibilities and duties under WHS
Refrigerants Australia, in consultation with the Western Australian Department of Energy, Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, released (April 2023) a series of public information fact sheets covering situations where flammable refrigerants are likely to be used in workplaces and homes. Further...
Hazardous chemicals
The Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022 (WHS Regulations) prescribe that an application for an asbestos removal licence must include the nomination of at least one supervisor (WHS Regulation 498). The supervisor(s) must be at least 18 years of age and be able to provide evidence of...
Manage your existing asbestos removal licence
An application for a replacement high risk work licence or accreditation document which has been lost, stolen or destroyed can be lodged using our online portal. You will be required to complete a declaration describing the circumstances in which the original document was lost, stolen or destroyed...
Manage your existing asbestos removal licence
As an alternative to post or email, licence holders can use the department’s online Change of Contact system. To use the system you will need to have: The number of your current licence You can find the number of your licence, and see if it is current, by checking your certificate or the online...
Manage your existing asbestos removal licence

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WorkSafe has recently investigated a number of incidents that involved mobile cranes making contact with live overhead power lines, especially on rural and agricultural properties. These incidents...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
19 May 2023
Remote tours have become a large part of Western Australia’s tourism industry. There are a range of recreational tours available such as snorkelling, diving, four wheel driving, prospecting and...
WorkSafe
Information
04 Dec 2023
This checklist is a tool to assist duty holders, including persons with management or control of a workplace involved in the construction industry to manage their site security duties under work...
WorkSafe
Checklist
04 Dec 2023
Background Regulation 298 of the Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022 (WHS General Regulations) requires a person with management or control of a workplace where construction work is...
WorkSafe
Information
04 Dec 2023
If you are submitting your licence application by post or in person, and are making payment by credit card, you must complete this application form and attach it to your application. Applications...
WorkSafe
Form – application
12 Jun 2023
This information sheet outlines the five principles of human performance and why these principles should be incorporated into the design of systems, equipment, workplaces and processes.
WorkSafe
Information
15 May 2023
The GHS is a system used to classify and communicate chemical hazards using internationally consistent terms and information on chemical labels and safety data sheets. The system was developed by the...
WorkSafe
Information
23 Mar 2023
This checklist has been developed to help minimise the risks to workers that may be exposed to zoonoses at work.
WorkSafe
Checklist
15 Mar 2023
This checklist has been developed to help minimise the risks to workers that may be exposed to zoonoses at work. Zoonoses are diseases of animals that can cause serious illness or death in people...
WorkSafe
Checklist
15 Mar 2023
This poster is for those operating or in charge of workplaces where quad bikes are used and will assist riders, as well as managers, to ensure they are operated safely.
WorkSafe
Poster
01 Mar 2023

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Two systems of employment law operate for the private sector in Western Australia, the state industrial relations system and the national fair work system. Working out which system covers an employer and its employees is the first step in understanding and complying with employment rights and obligations and this depends on the employer’s business structure. The Guide to who is in the WA state...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Nov 2023
Under the WA Long Service Leave Act , when an employee completes 10 years of continuous employment, they are entitled to take 8.667 weeks of paid long service leave. An employee is entitled to take another 4.333 weeks of paid long service leave for every further 5 years of continuous employment. This entitlement applies to full time, part time and casual employees. The term continuous employment...
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Oct 2023
Since 2019, the Report Wage Theft in Western Australia website has helped WA workers find out how to report underpayments of wages or employment entitlements online. Recently the website has been expanded from providing information in 7 languages to 13 languages. This information assists Western Australian workers with how to: seek help with resolving an underpayment issue or unpaid annual or...
Labour Relations
Department News
09 Oct 2023
WorkSafe is investigating the work-related death of a worker at a steel manufacturing company in Jandakot yesterday. The worker was reported to have been fatally injured when struck by a steel beam. WorkSafe investigators examine the circumstances of incidents with a view to ensuring compliance and preventing future incidents of a similar nature. WorkSafe Commissioner Darren Kavanagh said any...
WorkSafe
Media release
14 Sep 2023
The Area and Scope clause of the state Contract Cleaners Award has been updated to improve clarity about coverage of this WA award. This change, which is effective from 13 September 2023 , was made as part of a process being undertaken by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission to update the scope of a number of private sector WA awards. Specifically, the changes to the Contract...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Sep 2023
A sole trader in the Great Southern has been fined $47,250 (and ordered to pay $4241 in costs) over a fall suffered by a worker that caused serious injuries. Brett Sidney Cavanagh pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee and was fined in the Katanning Magistrates Court on Monday. In August 2020, Mr Cavanagh...
WorkSafe
Media release
07 Sep 2023
A fire assay company has been fined a total of $30,000 (and ordered to pay $5647 in costs) after four workers recorded high levels of lead in their blood and one was hospitalised. Jinning Pty Ltd pleaded guilty under the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 to two charges of failing to ensure that biological monitoring was conducted on an employee in a lead-risk job, along with two...
WorkSafe
Media release
29 Aug 2023
WorkSafe has commenced a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues in WA aged care and residential care facilities. The inspection program will look at a number of randomly-selected facilities across metropolitan and regional areas of the State throughout the 2023/24 financial year. Inspectors will place a strong emphasis on industry-specific hazards, along with workplace violence and...
WorkSafe
Media release
24 Aug 2023
The Work Health and Safety Regulations Amendment Regulation (no.2) 2023 came into effect on 10 August 2023 and provide for minor corrections and technical refinements. These amendments include: Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations The requirement for a high risk work licence for earthmoving machinery used as a crane will be removed for machinery that has a safe rated working load of three...
WorkSafe
Department News
16 Aug 2023
Monday, 25 September 2023 is the King’s Birthday public holiday in Western Australia. Wageline has published public holiday information for state system employers and employees on the King’s Birthday 2023 public holiday page. This page provides specific information on entitlements for: award free employees Shop and Warehouse (Wholesale and Retail Establishments) Award Restaurant, Tearoom and...
Labour Relations
Department News
16 Aug 2023

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