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The information below 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...
Public holiday pay
This information is 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. Employers...
COVID-19 coronavirus
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety will be hosting a free webinar on Friday 12 November from 12pm – 1pm. This free webinar is your chance to ask questions about how volunteers and volunteer organisations may or may not be affected by Western Australian’s new WHS laws...
Information sessions and workshops
In 2017, work started on developing modernised work health and safety (WHS) laws in Western Australia which will be based on the national model Work Health and Safety Act (the model WHS Act). Below are historical documents relating to the development of the WHS laws in Western Australia 2017 Call...
Legislation, codes and guidance materials
The health and safety of Western Australian workplaces remains a priority. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, last year the WA government launched a virtual Safe Work Month. This year the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety continues to deliver occupational health and safety messages...
Safe Work Month
Wage theft is the systematic and deliberate underpayment of wages and entitlements to workers. To combat wage theft in Western Australia, Private Sector Labour Relations has developed a range of initiatives including education campaigns and resources to increase the communities’ awareness of...
Combatting wage theft in Western Australia
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
The challenge In 2021, Wageline is supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals Challenge as an industry partner for ‘Sustainable Development Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth’. Our challenge this year is for participating students to identify new strategies to reduce wage theft in WA to...
Community education campaigns
Action Plan for Reform An Action Plan for reform to introduce better payment protections for all participants in the Western Australian building and construction industry was released by the Minister for Commerce in September 2021. Security of payment – Action plan What does the Action Plan do? The...
Security of payment
Best solution to a work health and safety risk (199 employees or less) - AMCAPBest solution to a work health and safety risk (199 employees or less) - AMCAPBest solution to a work health and safety risk (199 employees or less) - AMCAPBest solution to a work health and safety risk (199 employees or...
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This publication is a summary of the Printing Award. On 24 June 2021 the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) issued the 2021 State Wage Case decision. The WAIRC decision grants...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
10 Dec 2021
Employers have a duty of care under occupational safety and health laws (OSH) to ensure workers are not exposed to hazards in the workplace, as far as practicable. The workplace can be defined...
WorkSafe
Information
22 Nov 2021
On 25 June 2021, the McGowan Government enacted its signature Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2021 (the Act) to improve payment protections for contractors working the WA...
Building and Energy
Consultations / public comment
14 Jan 2022
The Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 was passed as the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WHS Act) and assented to by the Governor on 10 November 2020. The WHS Act will not commence until proclamation...
WorkSafe
Information
04 Nov 2021
The three-month public consultation period for developing recommendations for the adoption of the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) regulations in Western Australia ended on 26 November 2019. A...
WorkSafe
Information
04 Nov 2021
The two-month public consultation period for the modernisation of Western Australia’s Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws ended on 31 August 2018. A total of 66 submissions provided a range of views on...
WorkSafe
Information
04 Nov 2021
The Construction Contracts Act 2004 (the Act) commenced operation on 1 January 2005. The Act provides a means for the rapid adjudication of payment disputes for parties to a contract for the carrying...
Building and Energy
Reports
28 Oct 2021
The Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards were held at Optus Stadium on 22 October 2021. Find out about the finalist in this prestigious event in the Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards 2021...
WorkSafe
Brochure
22 Oct 2021
October is Safe Work Month, it is easy to join us in promoting safety in your workplace. Be a safety champion throughout October by: Using our campaign kit to promote safety in your workplace;...
WorkSafe
Information
06 Oct 2021
This publication provides information on which dates are observed as the public holidays for employers and employees covered by key WA awards. For other WA awards, view the award on the WA Industrial...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
01 Oct 2021

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The January edition of the Wageline News has just been published. Read this latest edition on the Wageline News page.
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Jan 2022
WorkSafe is investigating the work-related death of a shearer at Katrine, between Northam and Toodyay. The man was reported to have been placing wool into a wool press yesterday when he was caught in the machinery. WorkSafe investigators examine the circumstances of incidents in workplaces with a view to ensuring compliance and preventing future incidents of a similar nature. WorkSafe WA...
WorkSafe
Media release
14 Jan 2022
If you are planning ahead for 2022 and 2023, you can find the public holiday dates for this year and next year on the Public holidays page. This year, Easter Sunday, 17 April 2022 will be a public holiday. State employment laws will be changing in early 2022, and the changes include making Easter Sunday a permanent public holiday in WA.
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Jan 2022
Easter Sunday will be established as a public holiday in Western Australia, and new provisions are being implemented in the state industrial relations system for the Easter Sunday public holiday entitlements. These changes have been introduced by the Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Act 2021 and will commence early in 2022. In 2022, Easter Sunday falls on 17 April. The Public and Bank...
Labour Relations
Department News
10 Jan 2022
Changes to state employment laws are coming, and when these changes commence in early 2022, household employers will have a range of new employment obligations. ‘Household employers’ are people who directly employ someone to provide domestic services in a private home. Domestic services include caring for a child, a person with a disability or an elderly person, and help with other personal tasks...
Labour Relations
Department News
07 Jan 2022
The public holiday for Australia Day in 2022 is Wednesday 26 January. Employment entitlements for public holidays will vary based on an employee's award coverage and employment arrangements. Visit the Australia Day public holiday entitlements 2022 page for details on the public holiday entitlements for Australia Day for state system employers and employees, including specific information for:...
Labour Relations
Department News
06 Jan 2022
Wageline will be closed from 4.30pm Friday, 24 December 2021 to Monday, 3 January 2022, and will reopen at 9am on Tuesday, 4 January 2022. Information on employment obligations and entitlements will continue to be available during that period on the Wageline website www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/wageline . The Christmas New Year 2021–22 public holiday information page provides state system employers and...
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Dec 2021
Martin Long – owner of Broome restaurant Ginreab Thai - has been penalised almost $3,000 for wilfully misleading an industrial inspector. During 2021, industrial inspectors from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety inspected regional restaurants and cafes to ensure compliance with state employment laws. Inspectors identified that Mr Long was not compliant with his WA award...
Labour Relations
Media release
22 Dec 2021
WorkSafe is investigating the work-related death yesterday of a 72-year-old farmer at Maya in WA’s Mid-West, around 240km NNE of Perth. The man was reported to have been jump-starting an old tractor in order to use it to release a bogged truck when the tractor struck him. It then continued travelling into a paddock where it hit trees and started a fire. WorkSafe investigators examine the...
WorkSafe
Media release
22 Dec 2021
An exploration drilling company has been fined $256,000 (and ordered to pay $2363.50 in costs) over an incident in which a contractor died after being struck by a large “stillson” wrench. The stillson – otherwise known as a pipe wrench – had been attached to a drill rig that was being operated under hydraulic power. Orbit Drilling Pty Ltd pleaded guilty as a principal that engaged a contractor to...
WorkSafe
Media release
20 Dec 2021

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