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To be entitled to long service leave under the Long Service Leave Act 1958 , an employee’s employment with their employer must be continuous. The amount of long service leave is determined by the employee’s period of continuous employment . Under the Long Service Leave Act, an employee must be paid...
Long service leave
Temporary state system JobKeeper provisions have been introduced for private sector state system employers and employees who are participating in the Commonwealth JobKeeper scheme. These provisions were implemented by the COVID-19 JobKeeper General Order issued by the Western Australian Industrial...
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...
Unpaid pandemic leave
Working from home can be a temporary arrangement or an ongoing agreement between the employer and the worker which allows workers to perform work at their home. No matter what arrangement has been made, under the Occupational Safety and Health legislation, both the employer and the worker have a...
Office safety
The following information has been developed to assist employers and employees meet their safety and health obligations. Department of Mines Industry Regulation and Safety Public transport including taxis and rideshare services - Minimising the risk of exposure to COVID-19 Working from home Safe...
COVID 19 - Coronavirus
The following information has been developed for employers and employees looks at ways to look after your mental health during this challenging time. COVID-19 coronavirus guide for employers: Looking after your mental health COVID-19 coronavirus guide for employees: Looking after your mental health...
COVID 19 - Coronavirus
Safe Work Australia has created an easy to follow infographic to advise workplaces on the steps they should take if a worker comes down with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19. [scald=8226:image_medium {"link":"https:\/\/ www.commerce.wa.gov.au \/publications\/what-do-if-worker-has-covid-19...
COVID 19 - Coronavirus
This page contains frequently asked questions on COVID-19. Is social distancing required at work? Social distancing must be followed at work as far as practicable, based on principles published by the Department of Health . Risk assessments should be conducted and suitable control strategies...
COVID 19 - Coronavirus
State system employers and employees impacted by the COVID-19 Coronavirus This information is 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...
COVID-19 coronavirus
This page contains frequently asked questions about vaping. Is vaping hazardous? Yes, vaping can be hazardous. The nature of the hazard will depend upon factors such as the liquid used in the e-cigarette and the health status of the individual. In 2019, there were 2290 cases of lung injury...
Smoking

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The mental wellbeing of people at work is good for everyone and enhances personal and organisational success. Everyone has a role to play, both in looking after their own mental health and creating a...
WorkSafe
Template
10 Jun 2020
In April 2020, a worker was transferring compressed air from one air receiver (pressure vessel) to a second air receiver that was mounted on a frame for transportation with a forklift. The second air...
WorkSafe
Alert
17 Sep 2020
The Western Australian occupational safety and health laws require employers to take care of the safety and health of workers and others at the workplace. This includes providing and maintaining, so...
WorkSafe
Information
15 May 2020
The Western Australian occupational safety and health laws require employers to take care of the safety and health of their workers and others at the workplace. This includes: providing and...
WorkSafe
Information
15 May 2020
The Western Australian occupational safety and health laws require employers to take care of the safety and health of their workers and others at the workplace. This includes: providing and...
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
04 Jun 2020
The Western Australian occupational safety and health laws require employers to take care of the safety and health of their workers and others at the workplace. This includes: providing and...
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
01 May 2020
This guide provides guidance in managing the risks associated with approved and controlled traffic and essential services across regional borders during the COVID-19 pandemic. The situation is...
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
01 May 2020
An employer can use this sample checklist when requesting as part of the working from home agreement that workers complete a self-assessment of the work space.
WorkSafe
Information
09 Apr 2020
The Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 requires employers to take care of the health and safety of their workers and others at the workplace. This includes: providing and maintaining a work...
WorkSafe
Information
09 Apr 2020
In early 2020, an air-conditioning installer suffered a fatal electric shock while working in the roof space of a house. In Western Australia, it is a legal requirement to de-energise and isolate all...
WorkSafe
Alert
17 Sep 2020

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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
In June 2020, the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) issued the 2020 State Wage Case decision. The WAIRC decision granted a 1.75% per week increase in the state minimum wage and WA award rates of pay from 1 January 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the minimum pay rates for award free employees and all pay rates in WA awards remained unchanged from 1 July 2020. The...
Labour Relations
Department News
06 Nov 2020
Asbestos Awareness Week 2020 runs from 23-29 November 2020. Please take this opportunity to ensure your workplace asbestos management systems are up to date, and that workers are aware of these systems. And remember – buildings built before 1990 are likely to contain materials with asbestos content. Follow the links for more information: Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Industry checklist...
WorkSafe
Event
06 Nov 2020
A WorkSafe proactive inspection program has found that the owners of tower cranes have limited knowledge and understanding of the correct procedures for major inspections of tower cranes. The inspection program was conducted throughout the 2019/20 financial year, looking at safety issues relating to tower cranes in service at WA construction sites in both metropolitan and regional areas. WorkSafe...
WorkSafe
Media release
06 Nov 2020
Wage inspections have uncovered nearly $350,000 in underpayments for hospitality workers, as part of a 12 month compliance campaign by industrial inspectors at the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. A total of $348,890 in underpayments was identified for 369 employees from 49 cafe and restaurant businesses in the state industrial relations system. A large number of businesses...
Labour Relations
Media release
02 Nov 2020
Workplace exposure standard for respirable crystalline silica halved to 0.05 milligrams per cubic metre effective today and respirable coal dust halved to 1.5 milligrams per cubic metre effective October 27, 2021 Media statement Silica Guidance about dusts and other airborne contaminants
WorkSafe
Department News
27 Oct 2020
The Christmas New Year period is fast approaching. 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 falls on a Saturday the next following Monday is also a public holiday under the Public and Bank Holidays Act 1972 , however employment entitlements for...
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Oct 2020
The Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 was passed by Parliament on 3 November 2020 and is awaiting royal assent. When assented, the WHS Act will not be operational until regulations are complete. Work to develop the regulations is presently underway and will continue in 2021. The new Work Health and Safety Act 2019 (WHS Act) will replace the current Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984, and...
WorkSafe
Alert
22 Oct 2020
WorkSafe is investigating the work-related death of a worker on a building site at Curtin University yesterday. It is believed that the death is related to the collapse of the roof of a building under construction, and two others are believed to be injured. WorkSafe thoroughly investigates serious work-related injuries and deaths in WA with a view to preventing future incidents of a similar...
WorkSafe
Media release
14 Oct 2020
A tyre company and one of its directors have been fined a total of $70,000 (and ordered to pay $1,071 in costs) for failing to provide a safe work environment at their Malaga tyre outlet. Vannevar Pty Ltd – trading as Townsend International Tyres – pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and was fined $50,000 in the Perth Magistrates Court on 22...
WorkSafe
Media release
07 Oct 2020

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