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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
WA’s Work Health and Safety legislation is expected to come into force in January 2022. The department has launched a series of WHS specific webpages designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) prepare for the new Work Health and Safety laws. These...
Work health and safety legislation reform
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety would like to acknowledge the finalists of the Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards 2021. These awards recognise outstanding solutions and innovations to specific workplace health and safety problems in Western Australia. Winners will be...
Work Safety Awards
Who to contact Contact information Apprenticeships and traineeships Department of Training and Workforce Development Phone: 13 19 54 Website: www.dtwd.wa.gov.au/apprenticeship-office Workplace safety WorkSafe Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety Phone: 1300 307 877 Website: www.dmirs...
Help for all WA small business employers
This page helps small business employers find the right information on pay rates and employment obligations for staff. The information on this page assumes you have worked out which of the two industrial relations systems which operate in WA covers your business. If not, please read the Find out...
Help for all WA small business employers
WA Employer Essentials is an information hub for WA small business employers . These pages help all WA small business employers with: finding out which industrial relations system covers your business (this is a really important first step) where to get the right information on pay rates and other...
Help for all WA small business employers
A state-wide campaign is being undertaken by Private Sector Labour Relations Division to promote compliance with state employment laws by horticultural industry businesses in the state industrial relation system. Employers who are in the state industrial relations system are those where the...
Proactive compliance campaigns
The Location Allowance rates on this page apply from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021 and are provided for historical purposes. For Location Allowance rates effective from 1 July 2021 visit the Location Allowance for employees in regional areas page. This information is only relevant to employers and...
WA pay rates and award summaries
Clean up after cyclones, storms or floods Cyclones, storms and floods can be traumatic events for those involved and there is naturally a sense of urgency around clean up activities. However, the most important part of a recovery operation is the wellbeing of workers, volunteers and the community...
Environmental factors
The majority of private sector Western Australian employees in both the state and national industrial relations systems are covered by the state Long Service Leave Act 1958 . Long service leave is a paid leave entitlement for employees who have continuous employment with one and the same employer...
Help for all WA small business employers

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WorkSafe has recently had a number of reported incidents involving the unplanned and uncontrolled movement of plant or vehicles, which have resulted in the death or serious injury of workers. A...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
30 Aug 2021
In February 2020, a haul truck arrived at a workshop for maintenance with no tyres fitted in position 4 or 5. The position 6 tyre casing blew out 15 days later. Four workers were working on the haul...
WorkSafe
Alert
30 Aug 2021
This checklist has been developed to provide information and assistance to employers, self-employed persons, persons having control of workplaces and employees working in the motorcycle retailing...
WorkSafe
Checklist
30 Aug 2021
This publication is a summary of the Municipal Employees Award. On 24 June 2021 the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) issued the 2021 State Wage Case decision. The WAIRC...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
25 Aug 2021
Quad bikes in workplaces guide outlines the legal requirements 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...
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
10 Aug 2021
This information sheet is a brief guide for employers on what to do when you suspect someone in the workplace may be using Methamphetamine (meth).
WorkSafe
Information
30 Jul 2021
Two diferent industrial relations systems operate in WA, the state system and the national fair work system. The two systems have different employment rights and obligations. Which of these two...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
26 Jul 2021
This publication is only relevant to small business owners in the WA state industrial relations system – sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trusts and some incorporated or not...
Labour Relations
Guide / handbook
19 Jul 2021
This checklist has been developed to provide information and assistance to employers, self-employed persons, persons having control of workplaces and employees working on farms. This checklist will...
WorkSafe
Checklist
19 Jul 2021
Between July 2018 and May 2021, WorkSafe WA undertook a proactive compliance project into engineered stone benchtop fabrication and installation to investigate respirable crystalline silica (RCS)...
WorkSafe
Reports
14 Jul 2021

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The public holiday for the Queen’s Birthday is Monday, 27 September 2021. Employment entitlements for public holidays will vary based on an employee's award coverage and employment arrangements. The Queen’s Birthday 2021 public holiday information page provides information for state system employers and employees on entitlements for: award free employees Shop and Warehouse (Wholesale and Retail...
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Sep 2021
A recent compliance matter that started with an anonymous report of wage theft has resulted in Private Sector Labour Relations industrial inspectors recovering over $17,000 in underpayments. The employer, who runs a regional accommodation business, conducted a self-audit after being contacted by an industrial inspector. The audit found that more than 30 employees, including chefs, wait and...
Labour Relations
Department News
06 Sep 2021
Children working at the Perth Royal Show It is nearly time for the Perth Royal Show, and Wageline is giving a timely reminder to all business owners, parents and young workers about children working at the Royal Show. There are restrictions on the ages children can work in Western Australia, and these laws apply to all workplaces including retail outlets, mobile food vans, and amusement rides at...
Labour Relations
Event
01 Sep 2021
Wageline has published new WA award summaries for the two WA awards that cover employees working in local government authorities in the state industrial relations system. The WA award summaries for the Local Government Officers Award and the Municipal Employees Award are now available on the WA award summaries page.
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Aug 2021
The owner of a former Perth based labour hire business has been issued a significant penalty of $22,704 for underpaying an international student more than $31,000 over a two year period. Garth Douglas Smith, trading as Hi Ho Personnel, has been ordered to repay the employee, who worked as a casual storeperson, $31,396.94 in underpayments plus over $6,500 interest and a penalty of $22,704 plus...
Labour Relations
Media release
18 Aug 2021
A roofing company has been fined $450,000 (and ordered to pay $3056 in costs) after a roof plumber fell through a penetration on the construction site of the new Perth Museum. Charman Australia Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court yesterday. Charman is one...
WorkSafe
Media release
13 Aug 2021
WA’s Commission for Occupational Safety and Health is seeking public comment on a code of practice on Psychosocial Hazards in the Workplace. The code is intended to provide practical guidance for workplaces where workers may be exposed to psychological and social hazards such as inappropriate behaviours, violence and aggression, fatigue, burnout, stress and trauma, all of which can be harmful to...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 Aug 2021
Wageline has new resources for small business employers at www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/WA-employers to explain: the two systems of employment law that operate in Western Australia and how to determine which one covers your business; and where to find information on pay rates and employment obligations for your employees so that you comply with your legal obligations. Many small business employers in WA...
Labour Relations
Department News
10 Aug 2021
WorkSafe has issued a warning to licensing assessors and industry in general after a Perth assessor had most High Risk Work Licence assessor classes cancelled for not properly assessing license applicants. The assessor was registered to assess 18 classes of high-risk work, but 17 of these were cancelled after a WorkSafe investigation found the assessor was not properly assessing workers. The...
WorkSafe
Media release
03 Aug 2021
Private Sector Labour Relations has just launched a new community education campaign to help Western Australian employers and employees understand employment rights. The Employment Rights in WA campaign aims to raise employers’ and employees’ awareness of their employment rights and obligations and the pathways for employees to resolve an alleged underpayment. A key part of the campaign is...
Labour Relations
Department News
27 Jul 2021

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