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This information is only relevant to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system . About employment contracts When an employer offers someone a job, an employment contract is being entered into. This is a legal relationship under which both the employer and the employee have...
Information for state system employers
Long service leave is a paid leave entitlement for full time, part time, casual and seasonal employees. Many private sector employers and employees in Western Australia are covered by the WA Long Service Leave Act 1958. The entitlement to long service leave under the Long Service Leave Act depends...
Key information
This information is only relevant to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system . This is general information on the minimum entitlement to annual leave based on the state Minimum Conditions of Employment Act 1993 . WA awards, industrial agreements and contracts of...
Annual leave
This information is only relevant to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system . In the context of this page, an employee with a disability means an employee whose productive capacity has been assessed under the Supported Wage System (SWS) or a supported wage industrial...
Minimum rates for award free employees
This information is only relevant to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system . The minimum public holiday entitlement for state system employees under the Minimum Conditions of Employment Act 1993 is that full time and part time employees who are not required to work on...
Public holiday pay
This information is only relevant to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system . Many employees in the state industrial relations system are covered by WA awards. WA awards are legal documents that set the legal minimum pay rates and other working arrangements for...
WA award 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...
Pay and employment information
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 . This is general information on the minimum entitlement to bereavement leave based on the state Minimum Conditions of Employment Act 1993 . WA awards, industrial agreements and contracts of...
Bereavement leave

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There have recently been fatal and serious incidents in Western Australia in which a driver has reached into a vehicle from the outside to start the engine. The purpose of this alert is to raise...
WorkSafe
Alert
22 Mar 2016
The WA version of the Model Work Health and Safety Bill has been tabled in Parliament as a Green Bill for public consultation. On 12 November 2014 Ian Munns, Director of Policy and Education at...
WorkSafe
Information
26 Nov 2014
This document is an excerpt from Hansard and details the speech given by the Minister for Commerce on 23 October 2014 on the tabling of the Work Health and Safety Bill 2014, a draft or green bill,...
WorkSafe
Information
27 Oct 2014
In 2014/15 WorkSafe WA is conducting a proactive inspection campaign focusing on the electrical, electronic and gas appliance retailing, with a view to improving safety within the industry. The...
WorkSafe
Checklist
21 Oct 2014
This page lists educational resources which deal with the prevention of noise inducing hearing loss. Current research projects Australian Workplace Exposure Survey (AWES) – Hearing Project 2014-2017...
WorkSafe
Information
29 Jun 2017
This checklist has been developed to highlight safety issues for regional local government and provides information on how to best manage those risks to minimise workplace injuries and comply with...
WorkSafe
Checklist
08 Oct 2014
This publication is a practical guide and will assist you with identifying occupational safety and health (OSH) issues and meeting the requirements of OSH legislation.
WorkSafe
Checklist
02 Oct 2014
Recently a worker was seriously injured when he was struck by a moving vehicle in the yard at his workplace. As the driver was manoeuvring to park behind a stationary vehicle, the floor mat slipped...
WorkSafe
Alert
23 Mar 2016
Organophosphates (OP) are a group of pesticides (insecticides, herbicides and fungicides) which may be applied to a range of crops, often by spraying. What organophosphate pesticides are used in...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
10 Dec 2021
October is safe work month. During this month WorkSafe encourages Western Australian workplaces to take part and plan an event or attend one of WorkSafe’s workshops to raise awareness of safety and...
WorkSafe
Poster
08 Sep 2014

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Wageline has now reopened after the Christmas and New Year period. We are excited to start a new year fresh and ready to help you with your employment queries on state employment law. Wageline deals with queries about: pay rates, leave entitlements and other employment arrangements for employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system long service leave for employees working in...
Labour Relations
Department News
03 Jan 2019
If you are a hair salon business owner or a hairdresser and you are covered by the state industrial relations system, here is the information you need to know about employee entitlements for the Australia Day public holiday in 2019. Under the Hairdressers Award, Monday 28 January 2019 is the public holiday for Australia Day. Saturday 26 January 2019 is an ordinary working day and ordinary rates...
Labour Relations
Department News
07 Jan 2019
Employers are being reminded of the limitations that apply when employing young people over the school holidays. While the Christmas holidays are the perfect time for teenagers to earn some money, employers looking for help over the busy period need to understand that restrictions apply when employing young people and that they need to comply with their obligations under the Children and...
Labour Relations
Department News
21 Dec 2018
WorkSafe will soon begin an inspection program looking at the issue of violence and aggression in organisations providing community health care services. The program will focus on nursing professionals, health and welfare support workers and personal carers who work in clients’ homes or community settings, and will continue over the next six months in metropolitan and regional areas of the State...
WorkSafe
Media release
13 Dec 2018
A crane operator has been fined $4400 (and ordered to pay $4700 in costs) after he overloaded a crane and injured another worker when the crane collapsed. Robert Anthony Hoekzema pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care to avoid adversely affecting another person and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday. In June 2015, Mr Hoekzema was employed as a casual crane operator...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 Dec 2018
The Wageline Newsletter December edition was sent today to approximately 5,000 subscribers, and has been published on the Wageline website. This edition features information about the upcoming Christmas and New Year public holidays and what employers need to know about their employment obligations over this period, child employment laws and a range of other critical information for state system...
Labour Relations
Department News
10 Dec 2018
WA is now well into cyclone season, and businesses throughout the State have been reminded to ensure that contingency plans have been established and are in operation. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Ian Munns said today it was crucial that everyone on both sea and land knew what to do when there was a cyclone in the area. “Under workplace safety and health laws, employers must have adequate plans in...
WorkSafe
Media release
07 Dec 2018
A proactive inspection program undertaken by WorkSafe to look at safety in specific types of retail outlet in WA has uncovered concerns with electricity, falls from height, manual tasks and emergency precautions. The program involved WorkSafe inspectors visiting retail stores including those selling clocks, craft goods, duty free, firewood, musical instruments, pets and pet accessories, swimming...
WorkSafe
Media release
30 Nov 2018
If you are working or employing during the end of year period and you fall under the state industrial relations system it is important to understand public holiday entitlements and obligations. This season's public holidays are: Christmas Day, Tuesday 25 December 2018 Boxing Day, Wednesday 26 December 2018 New Year's Day, Tuesday 1 January 2019 Under the Hairdressers Award, Tuesday 25 December...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Dec 2018
If you are working or employing during the end of year period and you fall under the state industrial relations system it is important to understand public holiday entitlements and obligations. This season's public holidays are: Christmas Day, Tuesday 25 December 2018 Boxing Day, Wednesday 26 December 2018 New Year's Day, Tuesday 1 January 2019. Under the Restaurant, Tearoom and Catering Workers...
Labour Relations
Department News
07 Dec 2018

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