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Anonymously report wage theft at www.wagetheft.wa.gov.au The Western Australia Government wage theft website www.wagetheft.wa.gov.au allows workers in the state and national system to anonymously report wage theft and find out how to resolve underpayment issues. Wage theft is the systematic and...
Wage theft in Western Australia
This pages provides an overview for Western Australian workers about key minimum entitlements for pay rates and leave and where to find more information on pay rates and employment rights for the work that you are doing. You might also like to visit the How to check your pay and resolve...
Employment rights in WA
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 helps 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

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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
01 Apr 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
01 Apr 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
18 Mar 2021
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
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

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In most cases, when employment ends after at least 7 years of continuous employment , an employee is entitled to pro rata long service leave. The WA long service leave calculator can provide an estimate of an employee’s long service leave entitlement when employment ends as a result of resignation, dismissal, death or redundancy. Since its launch in mid 2020, the WA long service leave calculator...
Labour Relations
Department News
18 Jan 2021
Amendments to the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996, relating to health surveillance for workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica will come into effect on 15 April 2021. The amendments will require employers to provide a low-dose HRCT scan, supervised by an appointed medical practitioner, instead of the previously required chest X-ray. Western Australia is the first...
WorkSafe
Alert
18 Jan 2021
Wageline has published three new WA award summaries: Enrolled Nurses and Nursing Assistants (Private) Award Industrial Spraypainting and Sandblasting Award Sheet Metal Workers Award The Enrolled Nurses and Nursing Assistants (Private) Award covers trainee and student enrolled nurses, enrolled nurses and nursing assistants in the state industrial relations system. The Industrial Spraypainting and...
Labour Relations
Department News
15 Jan 2021
From today, employees who need to make a complaint to Private Sector Labour Relations about underpayments can use our new Underpayment of wages and entitlements complaint form. The new form is easier to complete and streamlines the process of providing initial information to the industrial inspectors at Private Sector Labour Relations. Previously, state system employees with both a wages or...
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Jan 2021
The public holiday for Australia Day in 2021 is Tuesday 26 January. Each WA award prescribes entitlements for public holidays. These entitlements vary from industry to industry, so it is essential that employers and employees read their relevant WA award summary and understand their rights and obligations. Entitlements can include penalty rates, additional leave and time in lieu. The Australia...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Jan 2021
Workplaces have been reminded to guard against the effects of extreme temperatures as another week of summer heat hits the State. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Darren Kavanagh today reminded employers and workers of the need to take extra care during the summer months to avoid the risk of heat stress or the more serious heat stroke. “This warning goes out not only to outdoor workers, but also to...
WorkSafe
Media release
05 Jan 2021
The Wageline contact centre will be closed from Friday 25 December 2020 to Friday 1 January 2021, and will reopen at 8:30am on Monday 4 January 2021. Information on employment obligations and entitlements will continue to be available during that period on the Wageline website www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/wageline . The Christmas New Year 2020–21 public holiday arrangements page provides information on...
Labour Relations
Department News
21 Dec 2020
The school holidays are just starting and many young workers will be keen to earn some extra money by working over the break, but in Western Australia there are restrictions on where and when children under 15 can work. Employers, parents and young workers need to know that children who are 13 or 14 can only work in a shop, fast food outlet, cafe, restaurant or deliver newspapers or other...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 Apr 2021
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

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