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The continuous employment provisions in the Long Service Leave Act changed on 20 June 2022. The effect of a period of workers compensation on an employee’s period of continuous employment will depend on when the employee’s long service leave entitlement fully accrued (became due). Long service...
Key information
Under the Work Health and Safety and Regulations 2022 (WHS Regulations), duty holders will be required to manage the risk of falls at workplaces, as prescribed by the following regulations: Regulation 78 – Management of risk of fall Regulations 79 – Specific requirements to minimise risk of fall...
Working at height
This information is only relevant to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system . The public holidays for the 2023–2024 Christmas – New Year period are: Christmas Day, Monday 25 December 2023 Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December 2023 New Year's Day, Monday 1 January 2024 Get the...
Public holiday pay
This information is only relevant to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system . About this page This publication contains previous years minimum rates of pay for employees not covered by a WA award - it does not contain the current rates of pay. The current minimum pay...
Minimum rates for award free employees
Our collection of powerpoint presentations are available to use in your workplace or to revisit a workshop you attended. Mining Applying Professor Quinlan's Ten pathways to death and disaster in WA's mining industry WorkSafe Mines Safety and Professor Michael Quinlan, author of Ten Pathways to...
Toolbox presentations
Labour hire arrangements in WA are covered by the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WHS Act) and associated regulations. The primary duty of care under the WHS Act is owed by a PCBU to a ‘worker’, which includes a labour hire worker. All PCBUs who supply workers to other businesses (labour hire...
Main responsibilities and duties under WHS
Refrigerants Australia, in consultation with the Western Australian Department of Energy, Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, released (April 2023) a series of public information fact sheets covering situations where flammable refrigerants are likely to be used in workplaces and homes. Further...
Hazardous chemicals
The Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022 (WHS Regulations) prescribe that an application for an asbestos removal licence must include the nomination of at least one supervisor (WHS Regulation 498). The supervisor(s) must be at least 18 years of age and be able to provide evidence of...
Manage your existing asbestos removal licence
An application for a replacement high risk work licence or accreditation document which has been lost, stolen or destroyed can be lodged using our online portal. You will be required to complete a declaration describing the circumstances in which the original document was lost, stolen or destroyed...
Manage your existing asbestos removal licence
As an alternative to post or email, licence holders can use the department’s online Change of Contact system. To use the system you will need to have: The number of your current licence You can find the number of your licence, and see if it is current, by checking your certificate or the online...
Manage your existing asbestos removal licence

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WorkSafe has become aware of risks arising from a lack of maintenance of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at workplaces. An AED is a piece of first aid equipment designed to be used by any...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
18 Sep 2023
This information sheet lists the duties of a competent person – inspection and maintenance of plant for the Perth Royal Show.
WorkSafe
Information
13 Sep 2023
Summary of incident There have been multiple fatalities in separate incidents at Western Australian workplaces as a result of crush injuries from falling trailer ramps. The trailer ramps were...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
10 Aug 2023
This information sheet is intended for farmers and their workers, to highlight the importance of storing diesel safely and correctly. It explains the requirements of the Dangerous Goods Safety (...
WorkSafe
Information
04 Dec 2023
If you wish to apply for a new high risk work licence, you will be required to submit this form.
WorkSafe
Form – application
31 Jul 2023
The Agriculture Industry Fatality Report provides a valuable insight into the types and causes of work-related traumatic injury fatalities within the industry. Work-related traumatic injury fatality...
WorkSafe
Reports
04 Dec 2023
If you are applying for an high risk work application follow these instructions.
WorkSafe
Information
27 Jul 2023
Use this application form to apply for one or more classes of high risk work to be added to your existing WA licence.
WorkSafe
Form – application
31 Jul 2023
The aim of this case study, which is based on the BP America (Texas City) refinery explosion in 2005, is to show how human factors can contribute to a series of events that lead to an accident.
WorkSafe
Information
28 Jun 2023
This case study is based on the explosion and fire at the Pryor Trust Well in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma in 2018. This major accident event had catastrophic consequences as five workers were killed...
WorkSafe
Information
28 Jun 2023

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The seven winners of the Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards 2023 were announced at Optus Stadium this morning. The prestigious Awards recognise outstanding innovations and solutions to specific workplace health and safety issues by individuals, groups or organisations. This year’s winners are: Work health and safety invention of the year – Wallis Drilling Pty Ltd for the Aircore automated...
WorkSafe
Media release
27 Oct 2023
Wageline has published our annual comprehensive information for state system employers and employees on the employment arrangements for the public holidays over the Christmas New Year period. This season’s public holidays are: Christmas Day, Monday 25 December 2023 Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December 2023 New Year’s Day, Monday 1 January 2024. The Christmas - New Year 2023-2024 public holiday...
Labour Relations
Department News
31 Oct 2023
WorkSafe has laid charges against two companies after a worker died after falling around 20 metres from a roof under construction at Curtin University in 2020. Steel fabrication company Elsdon Pty Ltd has been charged, being an employer, with failing to ensure the safety and health of persons not being their employees and, by that failure, causing the death of Jonathan Hartshorn and serious harm...
WorkSafe
Media release
12 Oct 2023
The Area and Scope clause of the state Cleaners and Caretakers Award has been updated to improve clarity about coverage of this WA award. This change, which is effective from 12 October 2023, was made as part of a process being undertaken by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission to update the scope of a number of private sector WA awards. Specifically, the changes to the Cleaners...
Labour Relations
Department News
17 Oct 2023
The Area, Scope and Definitions clauses of the state Restaurant, Tearoom and Catering Workers Award have been updated to improve clarity about coverage of this WA award. This change, which is effective from 12 October 2023, was made as part of a process being undertaken by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission to update the scope of a number of private sector WA awards...
Labour Relations
Department News
17 Oct 2023
Private Sector Labour Relations industrial inspectors were at the Perth Royal Show this year to conduct a proactive compliance campaign. The campaign focussed on ensuring state system employers were paying staff correctly, keeping correct employment records and on the employment of children under 15 years. Private Sector Labour Relations is responsible for ensuring all businesses in the state...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Oct 2023
WorkSafe is investigating the work-related death of a 22-year-old worker on a farming property in the Shire of Dandaragan, north of Perth, on Wednesday. She was reported to have been mustering cattle on a quad bike when the bike rolled, causing fatal injuries. WorkSafe investigators examine the circumstances of incidents with a view to ensuring compliance and preventing future incidents of a...
WorkSafe
Media release
09 Oct 2023
School holidays are starting soon, and employers, parents and young workers should know that in Western Australia there are restrictions on where and when children under 15 can work during school holidays and school terms. Find out more on the When children can work page or call Wageline on 1300 655 266 for details.
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Dec 2023
Two systems of employment law operate for the private sector in Western Australia, the state industrial relations system and the national fair work system. Working out which system covers an employer and its employees is the first step in understanding and complying with employment rights and obligations and this depends on the employer’s business structure. The Guide to who is in the WA state...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Nov 2023
Under the WA Long Service Leave Act , when an employee completes 10 years of continuous employment, they are entitled to take 8.667 weeks of paid long service leave. An employee is entitled to take another 4.333 weeks of paid long service leave for every further 5 years of continuous employment. This entitlement applies to full time, part time and casual employees. The term continuous employment...
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Oct 2023

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