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As a young worker, starting your career is an exciting time and knowing your employment rights and where to find the right information is very important to check you are getting paid correctly. The first step in understanding your employment rights is to work out which system covers your employment...
Resources for young workers in WA
This page provides information on frequently asked questions relating to audiometric testing requirements. When is audiometric testing required? Audiometric (hearing) testing requirements apply when a worker is frequently required by the PCBU to wear hearing protection to protect against the risk...
Noise and vibration
Concrete pumping involves the transportation of a freshly mixed batch of concrete via a system of pipes to a specific location on a construction site. Concrete pumping is a widely used process in the construction industry. It can be used to manufacture pre-cast and tilt up concrete panels, concrete...
Construction
ThinkSafe is WorkSafe’s flagship online publication for workplace health and safety in Western Australia. Below is the list of all the editions of the magazine. ThinkSafe magazine : May 2024 ThinkSafe magazine : May 2023 ThinkSafe magazine : July 2022 ThinkSafe magazine : September 2021 ThinkSafe...
ThinkSafe magazine
The use, supply and manufacture of engineered stone slabs, panels and benchtops of engineered stone is now banned in Western Australia. Under the transition period, work of this nature carried out between 1 July 2024 and 31 December 2024 will be exempt from the prohibition, provided the work falls...
Silica
Elevating work platforms (EWP) are mobile platforms that lift or lower people and equipment from a base support using a: hinged device articulated device combination of hinged and articulated devices. Workers need a high risk work (HRW) licence to operate a boom-type EWP, where the length of the...
Plant and machinery
The information on high risk work (HRW) licensing requirements when carrying out dogging work below was provided by Safe Work Australia. What is dogging work? Dogging work involves exercising judgement (making decisions) when: selecting appropriate slinging methods and lifting gear by: considering...
Information about high risk work licences
Farms are unique workplaces. The combination of hazards and the nature of the work makes agriculture one of the most dangerous sectors in which to work. This guide provides farmers with a foundation for establishing good safety practices on your farm. The checklists in this guide are not extensive...
Farm safety publications and alerts
This page contains frequently asked questions relating to construction induction training. What is construction induction training? The Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022 (WHS General Regulations) set out mandatory requirements for the provision of construction safety induction...
Construction Induction Training
Actions in the priority areas will include the following approaches: Information and awareness Why is this important? It is important to address the perception in some parts of the community that WHS conflicts with business productivity. Many businesses (especially small businesses) want clearer...
How we’ll get there

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Farming equipment used to lift, transfer and support bins and crates on and off a truck bed is commonly known as a Hobbs Hoist. A farmer was fatally injured when a Hobbs Hoist supporting a seeder bin...
WorkSafe
Alert
23 Jul 2024
From 1 July 2024, a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) must notify the WorkSafe Commissioner of their intention to carry out any work involving the processing of legacy engineered...
WorkSafe
Form – notification
01 Jul 2024
This information sheet provides information on human factors for operators to consider in their hazard and operability analysis (HAZOP) processes. HAZOP is a widely used and comprehensive method for...
WorkSafe
Information
25 Jun 2024
This publication is a summary of the Fast Food Outlets Award. On 12 June 2024 the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) issued the 2024 State Wage Case decision increasing the...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
26 Jun 2024
Recently, several incidents have occurred where workers have been seriously injured while working with a pipe wrench and a drilling rod on a live drill rig. In December 2021, WorkSafe prosecuted an...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
06 Jun 2024
WorkSafe’s Dust strategy 2023–24 is driving improvements in the management of hazardous dusts to protect workers from harm. It forms part of Priority Three - Respiratory hazards within the WorkSafe:...
WorkSafe
Information
16 May 2024
This report uses the WorkSafe WA Notified Fatalities Database of work-related traumatic injury fatalities and the WorkCover WA workers’ compensation claims database as primary data sources...
WorkSafe
Reports
15 May 2024
A worker at a farm was fatally injured when he became entangled in the rotating parts of a plastic mulch retriever (PMR) attached to the rear of a tractor. The incident occurred while the operator...
WorkSafe
Alert
26 Mar 2024
WorkSafe has conducted an investigation into an incident where a bus driver was entrapped between the door and frame of the bus, causing fatal injuries. There have been several reported incidents...
WorkSafe
Alert
20 Mar 2024
WorkSafe is aware of recent incidents where hydraulic fluid contamination has resulted in the uncontrolled movement of the basket on elevating work platforms (EWPs). This includes the loss of...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
01 Mar 2024

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WorkSafe is investigating work-related deaths in two separate incidents today. At around 8am in Donnybrook, a male worker suffered fatal injuries while in the process of collecting a skip bin from the front yard of a residential premises. WorkSafe investigators attended and conducted an examination of the scene. At around 2pm at Maida Vale, a worker is believed to have been electrocuted while...
WorkSafe
Media release
24 Jul 2024
Industrial inspectors from Private Sector Labour Relations (PSLR) recovered $548,817 on behalf of employees in the 2023/24 financial year. This figure comes from proactive compliance activities undertaken by PSLR inspectors and underpayment complaints made to PSLR by employees. In the last 12 months, industrial inspectors conducted 102 proactive inspections which recovered more than $150,000 on...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Jul 2024
There will be major changes to the state Hairdressers Award later in 2024, as this WA award is being updated by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC). In mid-June 2024 the WAIRC issued an Order, which has not yet commenced , to vary the provisions of the award. It is anticipated that the scope of the Hairdressers Award will also be varied to extend coverage of the award...
Labour Relations
Department News
08 Jul 2024
An increase to WA award pay rates and the state minimum wage is effective from today, with employers obligated to pay the new rates from the first full pay period on after 1 July 2024. The state minimum wage for employees 21 and over will increase to $918.60 per week. Minimum rates for younger workers and award free trainees and apprentices will also increase. Rates of pay in WA awards will...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 Jul 2024
The 1 July 2024 versions of the Wageline WA award summaries, which include the rates of pay applying from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2024, are now available. The new state minimum rates of pay for award free employees have also been published. Visit www.demirs.wa.gov.au/awardsummaries for the 1 July 2024 award summaries. Visit www.demirs.wa.gov.au/minimumpayrates for the new...
Labour Relations
Department News
26 Jun 2024
In September a new entitlement to 10 days’ paid family and domestic violence leave (FDV leave) will commence for all employees in the state industrial relations system This entitlement to paid FDV leave comes from the National Employment Standards in the federal Fair Work Act 2009 , and will commence for state system employees on 9 September 2024. Under the national provisions, a full time, part...
Labour Relations
Department News
17 Jun 2024
Many WA awards require employees to be paid a location allowance when employed in certain regional towns. Location allowances have just been increased by the 2024 Location Allowance General Order, and new rates take effect from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2024. The new rates for each town and a list of the relevant WA awards are available on the Location allowance for employees in...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Jun 2024
Significant updates to the provisions of the Shop and Warehouse (Wholesale and Retail Establishments) Award have now come into effect. These changes commenced on the first full pay period on or after 5 June 2024. The updated Shop and Warehouse Award now better reflects contemporary retail trading arrangements and removes a number of outdated and obsolete provisions to improve clarity and make it...
Labour Relations
Department News
05 Jun 2024
The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission has today increased the state minimum wage and pay rates in all WA awards effective from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2024. The state minimum wage for employees 21 and over will increase to $918.60 per week. Minimum rates for younger workers and award free trainees and apprentices will also increase. Rates of pay in WA awards...
Labour Relations
Department News
12 Jun 2024
New statistics have shown Western Australian workers have a much lower chance of being fatally injured at work in 2024 than they did 34 years ago. When the increase in WA workforce numbers is taken into account, a worker’s risk of being fatally injured fell by 83 percent between 1988/89 and 2022/23. In 1988/89, WA recorded 49.5 fatalities per million workers. By 2022/23, this number had reduced...
WorkSafe
Media release
15 May 2024

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