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This page provides information for employers and employees about silica and some of the legal duties relating to protecting workers from developing silicosis. Silica is found in sand, stone, concrete and mortar. It is also used in the manufacture of a variety of products including composite stone...
Silica
The mentally healthy workplaces online hub brings together videos, podcasts, information sheets and checklists for both workers and management to use. Learn about psychosocial hazards and risk factors in the workplace and the benefits of having a mentally healthy workplace. Mental health and...
Mentally healthy workplaces
The department is seeking your comments regarding the regulations that will support the proposed Work Health and Safety Act for Western Australia (WHS Act (WA)) . The following videos have been produced to provide information regarding the consultation process: Work Health and Safety Regulations...
Information sessions and workshops
Construction Induction Training cards (CIT) are supplied to an RTO on the condition that the CIT cards are only issued to candidates who provide evidence that they are located in Western Australia at the time of the assessment for the CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry...
Construction Industry Training Card
Electric shocks from taps, pipes or appliances are warning signs that something could be wrong with the electrical wiring or applainces.
Reporting accidents
Silica is a common naturally occurring mineral. This fact sheet provides information about where silica is found, what are the hazards and risk management. What is silica and where is it found? Silica is a common naturally occurring mineral, also known as silicon dioxide. One common type of...
Silica
The Inquiry received 20 non-confidential submissions, which are listed below in alphabetical order. The Inquiry chose to not publish certain non-confidential submissions due to the nature of information contained in these submissions. Australian Industry Group Australian Hotels Association (WA)...
Inquiry into wage theft
Submissions to the 2021 Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards are now open. These awards recognise outstanding solutions and innovations to specific workplace health and safety problems in Western Australia. For the purpose of these awards, “innovation” is broadly defined as either a new...
Work Safety Awards
Calculating a long service leave entitlement when employment ends
Long service leave
In 2018, the Western Australian Government passed legislation to increase workplace safety and health offence penalties, under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (OSH Act) and the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 (MSI Act). Level 4 penalties increase from $500,000 to a maximum $2.7...
Legislation, codes and guidance materials

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During a lifeguard training session in July 2019, a new cylinder was to be fitted to an Oxy-Viva set. Two workers were injured when a worker ‘cracked’ a ‘C’ size medical oxygen cylinder. Cracking...
WorkSafe
Alert
01 Oct 2019
This publication applies to cafés or restaurant businesses in the state industrial relations system where the business operates as: sole traders (e.g. Jane Smith trading as Jane’s Café)...
Labour Relations
Flyers
08 Jan 2021
The Regional Services Review - Consultation Paper is now available for all stakeholders to have their say.
Corporate
Consultations / public comment
16 Sep 2019
Public comment period has now closed regarding the regulations that will support the proposed Work Health and Safety Act for Western Australia (WHS Act (WA)). THIS DOCUMENT IS NO LONGER CURRENT AND...
WorkSafe
Information
14 Jan 2020
This checklist has been developed to highlight safety issues for workers in kitchens and provides information on how to best manage those risks to minimise workplace injuries and comply with...
WorkSafe
Checklist
16 Aug 2019
This checklist has been developed to highlight safety issues for workers in schools and provides information on how to best manage those risks to minimise workplace injuries and comply with...
WorkSafe
Checklist
15 Aug 2019
Minimum pay rates for staff – legal employment obligations of beauty salon business owners Owners of beauty salon businesses which operate in the state industrial relations system must provide the...
Labour Relations
Flyers
22 Jan 2021
Tasks carried out by electricians can increase the risk of musculoskeletal injuries such as sprains and strains due to awkward postures, repetitive actions and excessive force required to lift, carry...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
09 Jul 2019
WorkSafe is investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatality involving a bogged vehicle. It is alleged that: it occurred while workers were recovering a vehicle that had become bogged a tractor...
WorkSafe
Alert
12 Jun 2019
From September 2018 to January 2019, Private Sector Labour Relations Division conducted a proactive campaign to promote compliance with child employment laws in horse riding schools and equestrian...
Labour Relations
Reports
31 Jan 2020

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A Bayswater waste recycling company has been 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 of gross negligence in failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment for a labour hire worker in the Perth Magistrates Court on Friday. In January 2016, a worker at...
WorkSafe
Media release
14 Jul 2020
As part of the State Government’s strategies to combat wage theft, the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is co-ordinating the Getting Employment Right Grants Program (Grants Program) in 2020/21. Under the Grants Program, applications will be assessed and DMIRS will allocate funding to successful employer and employee organisations to develop and deliver education...
Labour Relations
Department News
03 Jul 2020
WA’s Commission for Occupational Safety and Health is seeking public comment on a revised Code of Practice on Violence and Aggression at Work . Since 2014, the State has operated under a Code of Practice on Violence, Aggression and Bullying, but the Commission’s Legislative Advisory Committee made the decision to separate this into two Codes - one dealing specifically with violence and aggression...
WorkSafe
Media release
26 Jun 2020
On 26 June 2020 the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) issued the 2020 State Wage Case decision. The WAIRC decision grants a 1.75% per week increase in the state minimum wage and WA award rates of pay from 1 January 2021 . The new state minimum wage from 1 January 2021 will be $760.00 per week. The minimum pay rates for award free employees and all pay rates in WA awards...
Labour Relations
Department News
26 Jun 2020
Many private sector WA awards require employers to pay an employee working in certain regional towns a location allowance to compensate for the additional cost of living, climatic discomfort, and isolation in these towns. The location allowance is varied in accordance with the Consumer Price Index for the cost of living, excluding housing. The location allowance payable for each town has...
Labour Relations
Department News
19 Jun 2020
The death of a 76-year-old farmer last month at Elleker, west of Albany, has prompted a reminder about quad bike safety. The farmer went out on a quad bike to do some checks on the afternoon of May 24. He had not returned that evening and was later found deceased on the farm. His quad bike was operated on a steep incline in wet and windy weather, and it appeared it was being ridden down the slope...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Jun 2020
Wageline’s new WA long service leave calculator is now available in the long service leave section of the Wageline website. The WA long service leave calculator can provide an estimate of an employee’s long service leave entitlement when employment ends as a result of resignation, dismissal, death or redundancy. The WA long service leave calculator is relevant to employees covered by the WA Long...
Labour Relations
Department News
10 Jun 2020
The Industrial Magistrates Court has ruled that an aged care worker was entitled to almost $10,000 for unpaid long service leave after being employed on a casual basis for 13 years. The casual personal care assistant worked for Atlantic Healthcare Services (Ubiquitous Holdings Pty Ltd) between 2001 and 2014 and during this period was placed with a number of health care clients. Private Sector...
Labour Relations
Media release
05 Jun 2020
Jobseekers wanting to work in the WA construction industry may be misled by a company offering “introductory” online safety training courses. It is a requirement for people working on a construction site in Australia to have what is known as a “white card” which indicates they have undertaken and passed a safety induction course delivered by a registered training provider. Consumer Protection and...
WorkSafe
Media release
21 May 2020
The Industrial Magistrates Court has ordered chartered accountancy firm Hall Chadwick (WA) Pty Ltd to pay a former tax accountant $21,604.79 for unpaid long service leave entitlements plus $3,500 in interest. The tax accountant had been employed by Hall Chadwick for more than 10 years but did not receive payment for accrued long service leave when she resigned in 2017. Private Sector Labour...
Labour Relations
Media release
01 May 2020

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