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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...
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 . State employment laws are changing early in 2022 Learn more at Upcoming changes to state employment laws in Western Australia . These pages help all WA small business employers with: finding out which industrial...
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...
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Action Plan for Reform An Action Plan for reform to introduce better payment protections for all participants in the Western Australian building and construction industry was released by the Minister...
Building and Energy
Plans
21 Sep 2021
This briefing is for 2021 participants in the Universities UN Sustainable Development Goals Challenge. This document explains the two systems of industrial relations in Western Australia, provides...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
21 Sep 2021
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
12 Nov 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

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A South Bayswater engineering company has been fined $200,000 (and ordered to pay $3320.50 in costs) over an incident in which a worker’s arm was amputated below the elbow. B&Y Precision Engineering Pty Ltd (trading as De Cassan Industries) pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and was fined in the Armadale Magistrates Court last week. In October 2018, an...
WorkSafe
Media release
20 Dec 2021
The McGowan Government has released exposure drafts of regulations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 ahead of the commencement of major work health and safety (WHS) reforms in March 2022. Releasing the exposure drafts of the supporting regulations provides all participants in Western Australian workplaces the opportunity to prepare themselves to meet the requirements of the new Act and to...
WorkSafe
Alert
20 Dec 2021
On 16 December 2021, the Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 was passed by State Parliament. The new state employment laws introduced by the Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Act 2021 (IRLA Act) will commence in early 2022. The commencement date for the new laws has not yet been set. The IRLA Act amends the Industrial Relations Act 1979, the Long Service Leave Act 1958...
Labour Relations
Department News
16 Dec 2021
On 15 December 2021, Minister Stephen Dawson MLC made a Brief Ministerial Statement in Parliament advising that the Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws will come into effect in March 2022. Originally scheduled for January 2022, the new laws will bring together work health and safety for general industry, mines and petroleum and geothermal operations under a single WHS Act. Draft WHS regulations...
WorkSafe
Department News
16 Dec 2021
The State Government’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy is now in effect for Group 1, which includes DMIRS officers who enter, and remain at, a rural or remote resources industry site or a remote resources industry operating centre for the purpose of performing a statutory function under a law of the State. A rural or remote resources industry site is located outside the metropolitan area,...
Corporate
Media release
09 Dec 2021
Wageline has published a new WA award summary for the Printing Award . The Printing Award covers employees working in the printing industry, including artists, designers, proof readers, screen printers, printing machinists, storepersons, and keyboard operators in the state industrial relations system. The new WA award summary is available on the WA award summaries page.
Labour Relations
Department News
03 Dec 2021
A construction company has been fined $320,000 (and ordered to pay $22,212.45 in costs) over an incident in 2017 in which a young worker fell to his death. 17-year-old Wesley Ballantine died after he fell through a void in the roof of an internal atrium at the old GPO building during the construction of the H&M store in Forrest Place, Perth. Industrial Construction Services Pty Ltd (ICS) was...
WorkSafe
Media release
26 Nov 2021
A subcontractor on the Forrestfield Airport Link Project has been fined $200,000 (and ordered to pay $2847.50 in costs) over serious injuries suffered by a worker in July 2018. Salini Australia Pty Ltd pleaded guilty in October to failing to provide and maintain a safe working environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee (maximum fine $400,000), and was fined in the Perth...
WorkSafe
Media release
23 Nov 2021
A site supervisor at a land development company has been fined $10,000 (and ordered to pay $1172.50 in costs) over an incident in 2018 in which a worker was seriously injured when limestone blocks from an adjacent retaining wall and a steel plate fell on him. Glenn Edwin Rush pleaded guilty to failing as an employee to take reasonable care to avoid adversely affecting the health of another person...
WorkSafe
Media release
10 Nov 2021
A Welshpool sheet metal fabrication company has been handed one of the highest ever fines under WA’s workplace safety laws. PGQW Pty Ltd– previously known as Boxline Industries Pty Ltd – and its manager Bradley Michael Shackleton have been fined a total of $650,000 over an incident in 2018 in which an employee suffered serious burns. PGQW pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe...
WorkSafe
Media release
04 Nov 2021

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