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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 WHS topics. Of the 66 submissions, 17 were requested to be kept confidential. Submissions that were...
Work health and safety legislation reform
The Children and Community Services Act 2004 (CCS Act) prohibits children under 15 working in horse riding schools and equestrian centres. These child employment laws apply to all Western Australian employers. If you run or manage a business that is a horse riding or equestrian centre you need to...
When children can work
Industrial Inspectors in the Private Sector Labour Relations Division assisted Western Australian workers recover a total of $458,290 in unpaid wages and entitlements in the last financial year. This amount included nearly $300,000 in unpaid long service leave and $137,000 in wages and other...
Labour Relations
Public comment ended 31 August 2018 - THIS DOCUMENT IS NO LONGER CURRENT AND IS AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE FOR HISTORICAL PURPOSES ONLY The Western Australian Government is seeking your comments on the proposals to modernise Western Australia’s WHS laws. Background On 12 July 2017, the Government’s...
Work health and safety legislation reform
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 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

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Who to contact Contact information Pay rates, employment entitlements and leave (with the exception of long service leave) for national system employees Fair Work Ombudsman Phone: 13 13 94 Website:...
Labour Relations
Information
20 Nov 2018
This checklist has been developed to highlight safety issues in fuel retailing and provides information on how to best manage those risks to minimise workplace injuries and comply with occupational...
WorkSafe
Checklist
06 Nov 2018
A concise version of the annual report that provides the reader with a snapshot of the annual report clearly articulating the value created by the department over the financial year.
Corporate
Reports
25 Oct 2018
The positioning of furniture and equipment at a workstation directly impacts your posture. This self-assessment checklist has been produced to assist in setting up your workstation.
WorkSafe
Checklist
23 Oct 2018
Employees standing near traffic along roadways, roundabouts and in parking areas while holding or ‘flapping’ advertising billboards can be exposed to a hazard from moving vehicles. Employees often do...
WorkSafe
Alert
15 Oct 2018
Home and community care service workers are at risk of exposure to work-related violence when working alone in a client’s home. Risks may arise from actions of the client, their carer or others at...
WorkSafe
Alert
12 Oct 2018
WorkSafe is investigating an incident in which a worker suffered serious crush injuries as a result of a large metal sliding gate falling on him. The incident scene is shown in the photograph below...
WorkSafe
Alert
21 Sep 2018
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

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WorkSafe will soon begin an inspection program looking at the issue of violence and aggression in organisations providing community health care services. The program will focus on nursing professionals, health and welfare support workers and personal carers who work in clients’ homes or community settings, and will continue over the next six months in metropolitan and regional areas of the State...
WorkSafe
Media release
13 Dec 2018
A crane operator has been fined $4400 (and ordered to pay $4700 in costs) after he overloaded a crane and injured another worker when the crane collapsed. Robert Anthony Hoekzema pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care to avoid adversely affecting another person and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday. In June 2015, Mr Hoekzema was employed as a casual crane operator...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 Dec 2018
The Wageline Newsletter December edition was sent today to approximately 5,000 subscribers, and has been published on the Wageline website. This edition features information about the upcoming Christmas and New Year public holidays and what employers need to know about their employment obligations over this period, child employment laws and a range of other critical information for state system...
Labour Relations
Department News
10 Dec 2018
WA is now well into cyclone season, and businesses throughout the State have been reminded to ensure that contingency plans have been established and are in operation. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Ian Munns said today it was crucial that everyone on both sea and land knew what to do when there was a cyclone in the area. “Under workplace safety and health laws, employers must have adequate plans in...
WorkSafe
Media release
07 Dec 2018
A proactive inspection program undertaken by WorkSafe to look at safety in specific types of retail outlet in WA has uncovered concerns with electricity, falls from height, manual tasks and emergency precautions. The program involved WorkSafe inspectors visiting retail stores including those selling clocks, craft goods, duty free, firewood, musical instruments, pets and pet accessories, swimming...
WorkSafe
Media release
30 Nov 2018
If you are working or employing during the end of year period and you fall under the state industrial relations system it is important to understand public holiday entitlements and obligations. This season's public holidays are: Christmas Day, Tuesday 25 December 2018 Boxing Day, Wednesday 26 December 2018 New Year's Day, Tuesday 1 January 2019 Under the Hairdressers Award, Tuesday 25 December...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Dec 2018
If you are working or employing during the end of year period and you fall under the state industrial relations system it is important to understand public holiday entitlements and obligations. This season's public holidays are: Christmas Day, Tuesday 25 December 2018 Boxing Day, Wednesday 26 December 2018 New Year's Day, Tuesday 1 January 2019. Under the Restaurant, Tearoom and Catering Workers...
Labour Relations
Department News
07 Dec 2018
If you are working or employing during the end of year period and you fall under the state industrial relations system it is important to understand public holiday entitlements and obligations. This season's public holidays are: Christmas Day, Tuesday 25 December 2018 Boxing Day, Wednesday 26 December 2018 New Year's Day, Tuesday 1 January 2019. Under the Shop and Warehouse (Wholesale and Retail...
Labour Relations
Department News
30 Nov 2018
During November 2018, Private Sector Labour Relations has been conducting an education campaign promoting compliance by nail salons operating in the state industrial relations system, to ensure employees were receiving their correct rates of pay and entitlements. Over 250 businesses across Western Australia were provided with information on the minimum conditions required for employees in this...
Labour Relations
Department News
27 Nov 2018
A proactive inspection program undertaken by WorkSafe to look at safety in WA’s pubs, taverns and bars has uncovered concerns with hazardous substances, manual tasks and emergency precautions. The program involved Inspectors visiting pubs, taverns and bars in Perth and regional areas of the State over a two-year period from July 2016 to June 2018. The program was prompted by a significant number...
WorkSafe
Media release
26 Nov 2018

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