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This page is a guide for Western Australian workers that tells you about: how to work out the minimum pay rate you should be paid for the work that you are doing, and how to seek help if you think that you have not been paid correctly. You may also like to visit the Overview of employment rights in...
Employment rights in WA
This page help WA workers find information about employment rights, including pay rates and leave entitlements. You might also like to visit the How to check your pay and get help with underpayments page and the Overview of employment rights in WA page. Two different industrial relations systems...
Employment rights in WA
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...
Record keeping and pay slip requirements
The Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 was passed as the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WHS Act) and assented to by the Governor on 10 November 2020. The WHS Act will not commence until proclamation. The WHS regulations have to be finalised before proclamation occurs. Work on the WHS regulations...
Work health and safety legislation reform
Medical practitioners undertaking health surveillance are required to have an understanding of the potential adverse health effects of inorganic arsenic and to use their clinical knowledge to advise on health surveillance for workers in the workplace. Source Arsenic is widely distributed in rocks...
Health surveillance
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...
Public holiday pay
Appointed Medical Practitioners (AMPs) are expected to have a good understanding of the duties of an AMP as outlined in regulation 5.24 of the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 (‘the Regulations’). Medical practitioners who wish to become an AMP are required to be adequately trained...
Health surveillance
On 25 June 2020, the Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 (the Bill) was introduced into State Parliament. The Bill provides for changes to the definitions of employee in two key pieces of state industrial relations legislation: the Industrial Relations Act 1979 (IR Act) and the...
Industrial relations reform in Western Australia
On 25 June 2020, the Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 (the Bill) was introduced into State Parliament. The Bill is the State Government’s response to the recommendations made by: the 2018 Final Report of the Ministerial Review of the State Industrial Relations System conducted...
Industrial relations reform in Western Australia
The state system JobKeeper provisions only apply to employers who have qualified for the JobKeeper scheme and their eligible employees. Under the state system JobKeeper provisions an employer is able to give a ‘JobKeeper enabling direction’ to an employee to temporarily: stand down an employee (...
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Medical practitioners undertaking health surveillance are required to have an understanding of the potential adverse health effects of inorganic arsenic and to use their clinical knowledge to advise...
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
08 Sep 2020
This document provides contact details for asbestos regulators and information sources.
WorkSafe
Brochure
17 Aug 2020
In early March 2020, a demolition team was taking down a large industrial unit. The team had removed fire suppression pipework from the roof and collected portable fire extinguishers from around the...
WorkSafe
Alert
06 Aug 2020
This publication is a summary of the Social and Community Services (Western Australian) Interim Award. On 26 June 2020 the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) issued the 2020...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
04 Jan 2021
This publication is a summary of the Crisis Assistance, Supported Housing Industry - Western Australian Interim Award. On 26 June 2020 the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC)...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
04 Jan 2021
This strategic plan sets out realistic goals for the Commission for Occupational Safety and Health to achieve over the next three years.
WorkSafe
Plans
24 Jun 2020
The department's mental health and wellbeing inspectors have developed a series of resources on workplace mental health and wellbeing. The concepts presented may assist workplaces to discuss, consult...
WorkSafe
Information
24 Nov 2020
WorkSafe has identified instances where demolition work was conducted without first removing asbestos-containing materials. Recently, workers may have been exposed to asbestos while carrying out...
WorkSafe
Alert
17 Sep 2020

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A Mandurah glazing company has been fined $90,000 (and ordered to pay $3474.50 in costs) after a worker was seriously injured when he was trapped under multiple glass sheets that fell on him. Madora Bay Glass 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 Mandurah Magistrates Court yesterday...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Dec 2020
Wageline today launched new resources on the Wageline website at www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/wagetheft to assist all WA employers and employees find the right information on their employment rights and obligations. The 2019 Inquiry into Wage Theft in Western Australia found one of the reasons wage theft occurs is a lack of knowledge of employment conditions by both workers and employers. Wageline’s new...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Dec 2020
The public holiday for Australia Day in 2021 is Tuesday 26 January. Employment entitlements for public holidays will vary based on an employee's award coverage and employment arrangements. The Australia Day public holiday entitlements guide 2021 page provides information for state system employers and employees on public holiday entitlements for Australia Day 2021, with specific information for:...
Labour Relations
Department News
10 Dec 2020
The WA minimum wage and WA award rates of pay are increasing by 1.75% in January 2021. State system employers should get ready now for the increases which take effect from the first pay period on or after 1 January 2021. The WA award summaries and the Minimum pay rates for award free employees on the Wageline website include the rates of pay that apply from 1 July 2020 and the rates of pay that...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 Dec 2020
The main contractor for the Forrestfield Airport Link Project has been fined $150,000 (and ordered to pay $3,000 in costs) after a worker sustained major electrical burns when a crane made contact with or came too close to high voltage overhead power lines. Salini Australia Pty Ltd pleaded guilty in the Perth Magistrates Court last month to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment...
WorkSafe
Media release
30 Nov 2020
Wageline has just published two new WA award summaries – for the Bakers (Country) Award and the Transport Workers (Passenger Vehicles) Award. The Bakers (Country) Award covers bakers, apprentice bakers and doughmakers working in bakeries in the state industrial relations system that are located more than 45kms from the General Post Office Perth. The Transport Workers (Passenger Vehicles) Award...
Labour Relations
Department News
27 Nov 2020
WorkSafe has successfully prosecuted two companies and two individuals for breaches of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and Regulations. Warren James Piggott, Screenwest Pty Ltd, Quentin Victor Healy and Hanssen Pty Ltd were recently successfully prosecuted by WorkSafe WA. In Joondalup Magistrates Court on Friday a machinery operator at a recycling facility was fined $7500 (and ordered to...
WorkSafe
Media release
26 Nov 2020
With Christmas not far away, now is the time for employers and employees in the state industrial relations system to check working arrangements for public holidays over the Christmas New Year period. This season’s public holidays are: Christmas Day, Friday 25 December 2020 Boxing Day, Saturday 26 December 2020 and Monday 28 December 2020. New Year’s Day, Friday 1 January 2021. When Boxing Day...
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Dec 2020
A new social media campaign to educate employers and employees in Western Australia has been launched by Wageline at the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. The Inquiry into Wage Theft in Western Australia recommended a social media campaign in order to raise the level of employer and employee awareness of employment rights and obligations and the pathways available for pursuing...
Labour Relations
Media release
12 Nov 2020
A Bayswater waste recycling company has been fined a total of $330,000 (and ordered to pay an additional $234,000 in costs) after being found guilty of gross negligence over a 2016 incident in which a labour hire worker’s arm was amputated at the shoulder. Resource Recovery Solutions Pty Ltd was found guilty in the Perth Magistrates Court in July of two offences - gross negligence in failing to...
WorkSafe
Media release
10 Nov 2020

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