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In July 2017 the Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Commerce and Industrial Relations, the Hon Bill Johnston MLA, formed a Ministerial Advisory Panel to advise on the development of a single harmonised and amalgamated Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act. The new WHS laws will cover all workplaces in...
Information sessions and workshops
Public submissions in response to the Interim Report of the Ministerial Review of the State Industrial Relations System are published below. Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union WA Branch Australian Mines and Metals Association Australian Services Union - WA Branch Chamber of Commerce and...
Ministerial review
The Machinery of Government reforms, announced by the Government in 2017, resulted in the merging of the bulk of the Department of Commerce with the Department of Mining and Petroleum to create the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. The new Department of Mines, Industry Regulation...
Structure
The Interim Report of the Ministerial Review of the State Industrial Relations System was published on 20 March 2018. The Interim Report was republished on 20 April 2018 to make a correction to an error in paragraph [1265] on page 427. The Interim Report...
Ministerial review
In May 2016, the Training Accreditation Council conducted the Strategic Industry Audit into Units of Competency that lead to High Risk Work Licences in Western Australia (the audit). Introduction The audit included: advice that the training and assessment for a High Risk Work Licence (HRWL) are not...
High risk work licence
The State Law Publisher provides an electronic copy of the Act and regulations . The State Law Publisher progressively amends its documents to include any legislative changes. This usually occurs a week or two from the time the amendments appear in the Government Gazette. You may download or print...
Legislation, codes and guidance materials
The information on this page applies only to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trust arrangements as well as any incorporated association or not for...
Public holiday pay
The Ministerial Advisory Panel (MAP) has decided on its procedures, and will meet fortnightly to develop drafting instructions for a modernised Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act in Western Australia. The National Model WHS Act , of 2016, developed by Safe Work Australia , will be considered in...
Work health and safety legislation reform
The Ministerial Review was undertaken by Mr Mark Ritter SC. Assisting him was Mr Stephen Price MLA. Mr Mark Ritter SC Mr Ritter is an experienced and well respected local barrister who was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1985, and the Federal Court and High Court of Australia...
Ministerial Review of the State industrial relations system
A total of 65 initial submissions to the Ministerial Review were received. Written submissions are published below unless the organisation or individual making the submission requested it remain confidential. There are 51 public submissions. 14 confidential submissions were also received by the...
Ministerial Review of the State industrial relations system

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This checklist has been developed to highlight safety issues in child care workplaces and provides information on how to best manage those risks to minimise workplace injuries and comply with...
WorkSafe
Checklist
12 Sep 2018
This checklist has been developed to highlight safety issues for workers in primary schools and provides information on how to best manage those risks to minimise workplace injuries and comply with...
WorkSafe
Checklist
12 Sep 2018
This information is no longer current and is available on the website for historical purposes only. At the time the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations were developed a national Regulation...
WorkSafe
Information
12 Sep 2018
This information is no longer current and is available on the website for historical purposes only. On 16 December 2015, Mr Lex McCulloch the WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner announced the...
WorkSafe
Information
12 Sep 2018
WorkSafe is investigating an incident where a farm worker was fatally injured when it appears that a tractor unexpectedly lurched forward while he was working under it. The tractor involved was over...
WorkSafe
Alert
22 Aug 2018
Refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment, including systems in vehicles, contain refrigerants. With increased costs and environmental damage associated with the use of synthetic chemical...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
21 Aug 2018
This checklist has been developed to highlight safety issues in workplaces where scientific testing and analysis is carried out and provides information on how to best manage those risks to minimise...
WorkSafe
Checklist
15 Aug 2018
This checklist has been developed to highlight safety issues in machinery and equipment repair and maintenance workplaces and provides information on how to best manage those risks to minimise...
WorkSafe
Checklist
13 Aug 2018
This checklist has been developed to highlight workplace sa fety issues in sports and recreation clubs and provides information on how to best manage those risks to minimise workplace injuries and...
WorkSafe
Checklist
26 Jul 2018
This fact sheet has been prepared by the Department of Health and the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety to provide information and best practice guidance for organisations and...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
20 Jul 2018

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Private Sector Labour Relations Division industrial inspectors have recently conducted a proactive compliance campaign focused on small businesses in the nail and beauty industry. As part of the compliance campaign, 50 state system nail and beauty salons had their employment records analysed by industrial inspectors to ensure that employees are being paid correctly and that the mandatory...
Labour Relations
Department News
05 Oct 2018
This year the Queen’s Birthday public holiday in Western Australia will be held on Monday 24 September 2018. Some regional areas in Western Australia hold the Queen's Birthday public holiday on an alternative date, usually to coincide with a significant date or event for that area. Visit the Regional Dates for the Queen's Birthday public holiday page on the Wageline website for details.
Labour Relations
Department News
20 Sep 2018
Labour Relations
Department News
17 Sep 2018
The owner-operators of a plumbing and gas fitting business in the Perth Hills have been fined $22,000 for underpaying their apprentice plumber over a period of two years. The Industrial Magistrates Court found the couple had underpaid the apprentice, failed to pay him for all rostered days off and failed to pay him for untaken annual leave on termination of employment. Industrial Magistrate Flynn...
Labour Relations
Media release
10 Sep 2018
WorkSafe has reminded workers and the community that hazards and incidents in their workplace can be anonymously reported by telephone or in writing. Reports can also be made online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but it is necessary to provide contact details – which will not be divulged to the employer - so inspectors can make contact to obtain further information. WorkSafe WA Commissioner...
WorkSafe
Media release
05 Sep 2018
WorkSafe is conducting a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues in workplaces where scientific testing and analysis is carried out. Inspectors will be looking at safety issues in workplaces conducting non-destructive testing such as radiographic, ultrasonic, magnetic particle, liquid penetrant, electromagnetic and visual testing. The program will continue until the end of the 2018/...
WorkSafe
Media release
31 Aug 2018
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has released an updated draft code of practice to help promote and maintain the mental health of FIFO workers in Western Australia. The second draft of the ' Mentally healthy workplaces for fly-in fly-out workers in the resources and construction sectors ' code has been released for further public comment, following a successful initial...
WorkSafe
Department News
23 Aug 2018
WorkSafe continues to participate in roadblock exercises, with the latest one revealing a reasonable level of compliance with fatigue management and related laws. WorkSafe recently participated in a joint roadblock operation undertaken by Main Roads WA. The exercise saw WorkSafe inspectors stationed at the road train assembly area at Northam conducting inspections of commercial vehicles to check...
WorkSafe
Media release
21 Aug 2018
WorkSafe is conducting a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues in workplaces where machinery and equipment is repaired. The program will continue until the end of the 2018/19 financial year, and will include workplaces where repairs are carried out on items such as agricultural and farm machinery, lawnmowers, outboard motors, pumps and compressors, mining equipment and material...
WorkSafe
Media release
21 Aug 2018
Wageline is providing horse riding schools and equestrian centre businesses across WA with information about their obligations for employing children as part of a campaign to increase awareness that children under 15 cannot be employed in this industry. The Children and Community Services Act 2004 regulates the employment of children under the age of 15 years and applies to all businesses in...
Labour Relations
Department News
07 Sep 2018

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