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For the National Day of Mourning on Thursday, 22 September 2022 a special public holiday has been proclaimed in Western Australia. The proclamation was published in the Government Gazette on 15 September 2022. This page outlines public holiday entitlements for employees in the state industrial...
Public holiday pay
An industrial inspector may accept a written undertaking from a person, called an ‘enforceable undertaking’, if the inspector reasonably believes the person has contravened an entitlement provision or civil penalty provision under the Industrial Relations Act 1979 . In most cases, the person giving...
Compliance activities
An industrial inspector may issue a compliance notice to a person where they reasonably believe the person has contravened an ‘entitlement provision’ under the Industrial Relations Act 1979 . In most cases, the person will be an employer. What is a compliance notice? A compliance notice requires...
Compliance activities
Industrial inspectors are designated under the Industrial Relations Act 1979 to secure the observance of state employment laws and industrial instruments such as awards. They may do this by a variety of mechanisms including investigating a matter or taking enforcement proceedings in the Industrial...
Compliance activities
Industrial inspectors employed in the Private Sector Labour Relations Division of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (the Department) have responsibility for enforcing state employment laws. The functions of industrial inspectors include: conciliating and investigating...
Compliance activities
This guidance is intended to assist local government authorities and amusement device owners/operators in Western Australia understand their duties under Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws with respect to amusement devices. The Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WHS Act) and Work Health and Safety (...
Plant and machinery
Procedures are agreed safe ways of completing tasks and are an essential part of any safety management system. Usable procedures increase human reliability by providing a consistent and safe means of performing a task. They can also be job aids to assist with reducing skill- based error from slips...
Human factors
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
An industrial inspector may issue a civil infringement notice (infringement notice) to a person where they reasonably believe the person has contravened a ‘record-related civil penalty provision’ under the Industrial Relations Act 1 979. A record-related civil penalty provision relates to...
Compliance activities
The Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards were held at the State Reception Centre on 28 October 2022. These award recognise outstanding solutions and innovations to specific workplace health and safety problems in Western Australia. This year 71 submissions were received with 36 companies...
Work Safety Awards

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WorkSafe Mines Safety has received a number of notifications reporting potentially serious incidents involving breakthroughs into areas or headings that have not been barricaded. Recent incidents...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
20 Sep 2022
From 2018 to 2021, six serious incidents relating to air conditioning flushing canisters have been reported on mine sites in Western Australia. In five of these incidents, the flushing canister had...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
20 Sep 2022
A number of incidents have recently occurred when plant has been used to lift, lower or suspend loads near workers. Incidents have resulted in serious injuries and fatalities. Contributory factors...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
20 Sep 2022
Alloy lifting chains and associated components (such as hooks, shackles and links) are used widely across a variety of industries and environments to lift and move loads. There are a number of forms...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
20 Sep 2022
An infringement notice can be requested to be withdrawn by an employer or can be withdrawn by the issuing inspector. A person issued with an infringement notice may request that it be withdrawn...
Labour Relations
Form – application
13 Sep 2022
When an industrial inspector issues an infringement notice, the penalty amount must be paid within 28 days after the day the notice is served. The notice will clearly identify the due date and...
Labour Relations
Form – application
13 Sep 2022
The Psychosocial hazards in the workplace code of practice focuses on the general principles applied to the prevention and management of psychosocial hazards in the workplace. The intent of this code...
WorkSafe
Code of practice
26 Aug 2022
The Violence and aggression at work code of practice focuses on the general principles applied to the prevention and management of violence and aggression in the workplace. The intent of this code is...
WorkSafe
Code of practice
26 Aug 2022
The Workplace behaviour Code of practice focuses on the general principles applied to the prevention and management of inappropriate or unreasonable behaviour in the workplace. The intent of the...
WorkSafe
Code of practice
26 Aug 2022
Until recently, quad bikes were the vehicle of choice for many agricultural and farming workers. However, because quad bikes have been involved in a large number of serious injuries and deaths in...
WorkSafe
Information
22 Aug 2022

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Two new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) sheets are now available. The new FAQs cover digital identity and the WA Relationship Authorisation Manager (WARAM). The My Account FAQ has also been updated. The FAQs provide answers to common questions such as: What is a digital identity and why we need to protect it? What is the WARAM and how can it benefit our customers and their business ? Both new...
Corporate
Department News
29 Sep 2022
Dates and locations have been announced for public consultation on the WorkSafe Commissioner’s Inquiry into safety in the agriculture industry. WorkSafe Commissioner Darren Kavanagh announced the Inquiry in June following the 12 th death in 12 months in the agriculture industry, and appointed an Independent Inquirer, Pam Scott, to undertake the Inquiry. Ms Scott will visit four regional centres...
WorkSafe
Media release
28 Sep 2022
The entitlement to two weeks’ unpaid pandemic leave has been extended for private sector state system employees. The unpaid pandemic leave provisions were implemented through the COVID-19 General Order issued by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission on 25 March 2022. The General Order now applies until 31 January 2023, unless extended. The COVID-19 General Order applies to...
Labour Relations
Department News
27 Sep 2022
WorkSafe is investigating the work-related death of a 59-year-old farmer at a property 20km north of Esperance yesterday. The man was reported to have been performing repairs under a seed bin when the bin fell on him, inflicting fatal crush injuries. WorkSafe investigators examine the circumstances of incidents with a view to ensuring compliance and preventing future incidents of a similar nature...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Sep 2022
On the National Day of Mourning on Thursday, 22 September 2022 a special public holiday will be held in Western Australia. Wageline has published information on employment entitlements for state system employees on the National Day of Mourning public holiday page. Employers and employees covered by national fair work industrial relations system, including employees covered by national modern...
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Sep 2022
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 the Royal Show. Business owners and...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Sep 2022
Submissions have been invited to the WorkSafe Inquiry into safety in the agriculture sector . In addition to the call for written submissions, Independent Inquirer Pam Scott will seek community consultation in person at venues to be announced throughout WA. WorkSafe Commissioner Darren Kavanagh announced the Inquiry in June after the 12 th death in the agriculture sector over a 12-month period...
WorkSafe
Media release
05 Sep 2022
Monday, 26 September 2022 is a public holiday in Western Australia. This public holiday, previously known as the Queen’s Birthday public holiday, is now known as the King’s Birthday public holiday. Wageline has published public holiday information for state system employers and employees on the King's Birthday 2022 public holiday page. This page provides specific information on entitlements for:...
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Sep 2022
WorkSafe Commissioner Darren Kavanagh has released the Terms of Reference for his Inquiry into the Agricultural Industry and appointed an Independent Inquirer to assist him. The death of a Great Southern farm worker in June was the 12th death in the Agriculture industry in 12 months, leading the Commissioner to initiate an Inquiry under the provisions of the Work Health and Safety Act 2020. The...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Aug 2022
A ground and air cargo services company has been fined $110,000 (and ordered to pay $8000 in costs) over an incident in which a baggage handler was seriously injured when he fell from a moving baggage tug at Perth Airport. Swissport Australia Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and, by that failure, causing serious injury to a worker, and was fined in the...
WorkSafe
Media release
22 Jul 2022

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