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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
This information is only relevant to employers in the WA state industrial relations system – being sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trusts and some incorporated or not for profit organisations. The Guide to who is in the WA state system has more information of which types...
Information for state system employers
This information is only relevant to employers in the WA state industrial relations system – being sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trusts and some incorporated or not for profit organisations. The Guide to who is in the WA state system has more information of which types...
Information for state system employers
Workplace health and safety laws require you to ensure the safety of your workers, yourself and any others in the workplace as much as you reasonably can. This includes minimising the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace. This page provides information about your obligations under...
COVID 19 - Coronavirus
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...
Information for state system employers
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

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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
This publication applies to cafés or restaurant businesses in the state industrial relations system where the business operates as: sole traders (e.g. Jane Smith trading as Jane’s Café)...
Labour Relations
Flyers
02 Jul 2021
This publication applies to cafés or restaurant businesses in the state industrial relations system where the business operates as: sole traders (e.g. Jane Smith trading as Jane’s Café)...
Labour Relations
Flyers
02 Jul 2021
This publication applies to cafés or restaurant businesses in the state industrial relations system where the business operates as: sole traders (e.g. Jane Smith trading as Jane’s Café)...
Labour Relations
Flyers
02 Jul 2021
Minimum pay rates for staff – legal employment obligations of beauty salon business owners Owners of beauty salon businesses which operate in the state industrial relations system must provide the...
Labour Relations
Flyers
02 Jul 2021
An abattoir worker sustained a fatal knife wound while working in the cattle head processing area when a spare hook fell from the processing rail holding the head and struck their knife. The knife...
WorkSafe
Alert
14 Jun 2021
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...
WorkSafe
Information
27 May 2021

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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
Wageline has just launched a publication to help small business owners who are new to employing staff. Understanding employment obligations - a guide for new employers in the state industrial relations system answers many of the questions commonly asked by new employers in the state industrial relations system. The guide is also very relevant for any small business owners who want to ensure they...
Labour Relations
Department News
19 Jul 2021
Business owners and their accountants need to be aware that when someone purchases a business or part of a business in Western Australia, if there has been a transmission of business, the new owner will take on the long service leave obligations for existing employees, and this is regardless of anything written in a sale of business contract. In order to be entitled to long service leave under...
Labour Relations
Department News
12 Jul 2021
In the 2020/21 financial year, Private Sector Labour Relations industrial inspectors recovered $1,240,151 in unpaid wages and leave entitlements for employees covered by state employment laws. A total of 199 complaints lodged with Private Sector Labour Relations resulted in $566,678 being recovered for employees, with a further $518,348 recovered through an ongoing proactive compliance campaign...
Labour Relations
Media release
06 Jul 2021
The state minimum wage and all WA award rates of pay are increasing by 2.5% from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2021. The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission issued the 2021 State Wage Case decision on 24 June 2021. Wageline now has available the July 2021 versions of its WA award summaries which include the new rates of pay that will apply from 1 July 2021, and has...
Labour Relations
Department News
30 Jun 2021
On 24 June 2021, the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission increased the state minimum wage and all pay rates in WA awards effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2021. The state minimum wage for adult employees (21 and over) has increased by 2.5% or $19 per week to $779.00 per week. WA award rates of pay have increased by 2.5%. Junior rates and rates for apprentices...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 Jul 2021

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