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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...
Information for state system employers
About this page This page is for young workers aged 15-21 It gives you some tips of things to do and questions to ask when you start a new job. Tip 1 - Ask questions at your job interview, or when you first start work This will help you get the facts about your new job and your employment...
Starting work in WA
Private Sector Labour Relations is undertaking a community education campaign to help Western Australian employers and employees understand employment rights. The Employment Rights in WA campaign aims to raise employers’ and employees’ awareness of their employment rights and obligations and the...
Community education campaigns
This page provides information for WA small business employers on: the two systems of employment law that operate in Western Australia and how to determine which one covers your business; and where to find information on pay rates and employment obligations for your employees so that you comply...
Help for all WA small business employers
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...
WA pay rates and award summaries
Who to contact Contact information Pay rates, employment entitlements and leave (with the exception of long service leave) for national system employees Fair Work Ombudsman Phone: 13 13 94 Website: www.fairwork.gov.au Unfair dismissal claims - state system employees Western Australian Industrial...
Stay informed with Wageline
Questions asked during Safe Work Month Webinar on 30 October 2020 have been compiled along with the department's responses. Commencement When did the Work Health and Safety Act receive assent? The Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WHS Act) was assented to by the Governor on 10 November 2020. However...
Legislation, codes and guidance materials
Wageline News is released every month with information and updates on: increases to the state minimum wage and WA award rates of pay; changes to key WA awards; results from compliance investigations; and critical issues employers need to know to comply with state employment laws. Subscribe to...
Stay informed with Wageline
Wageline runs 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 an underpayment. Employment obligations can be complex to understand, putting employers at risk of legal action and...
Stay informed with Wageline
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

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This checklist has been developed to provide information and assistance to employers, self-employed persons, persons having control of workplaces and employees working on farms. This checklist will...
WorkSafe
Checklist
19 Jul 2021
Between July 2018 and May 2021, WorkSafe WA undertook a proactive compliance project into engineered stone benchtop fabrication and installation to investigate respirable crystalline silica (RCS)...
WorkSafe
Reports
14 Jul 2021
This publication applies to cafés or restaurant businesses in the state industrial relations system where the business operates as: sole traders (e.g. Jane Smith trading as Jane’s Café)...
Labour Relations
Flyers
02 Jul 2021
This publication applies to cafés or restaurant businesses in the state industrial relations system where the business operates as: sole traders (e.g. Jane Smith trading as Jane’s Café)...
Labour Relations
Flyers
02 Jul 2021
This publication applies to cafés or restaurant businesses in the state industrial relations system where the business operates as: sole traders (e.g. Jane Smith trading as Jane’s Café)...
Labour Relations
Flyers
02 Jul 2021
Minimum pay rates for staff – legal employment obligations of beauty salon business owners Owners of beauty salon businesses which operate in the state industrial relations system must provide the...
Labour Relations
Flyers
02 Jul 2021
An abattoir worker sustained a fatal knife wound while working in the cattle head processing area when a spare hook fell from the processing rail holding the head and struck their knife. The knife...
WorkSafe
Alert
14 Jun 2021
Public comment ended 31 August 2018 - THIS DOCUMENT IS NO LONGER CURRENT AND IS AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE FOR HISTORICAL PURPOSES ONLY The Western Australian Government is seeking your comments on the...
WorkSafe
Information
27 May 2021
On Wednesday 12 July the Government announced the development of a modernised Work Health and Safety Bill for Western Australia based on the national Work Health and Safety Act. This Bill will...
WorkSafe
Information
28 May 2021
The Ministerial Advisory Panel (MAP) has decided on its procedures, and will meet fortnightly to develop drafting instructions for a modernised Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act in Western Australia...
WorkSafe
Information
27 May 2021

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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, Saturday 25 December 2021 and Monday 27 December 2021. Boxing Day, Sunday 26 December 2021 and Tuesday 28 December 2021. New Year’s Day, Saturday 1...
Labour Relations
Department News
03 Nov 2021
On 20 October 2021, the Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 (the Bill) was introduced into State Parliament. The Bill seeks to make Easter Sunday a public holiday, extend coverage of minimum employment conditions to domestic workers employed directly by household employers, increase protection for vulnerable workers and tackle wage theft. The Bill is currently being considered by...
Labour Relations
Department News
20 Oct 2021
The WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner has moved to reassure senior leaders that volunteer firefighters will not be adversely affected by the incoming new workplace safety laws. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Darren Kavanagh met with senior leaders from WAFarmers, Pastoralists and Graziers Association, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades and...
WorkSafe
Media release
04 Oct 2021
Wageline has published comprehensive information for state system employers and employees on the public holidays over the Christmas New Year period. This season's public holidays are: Christmas Day, Saturday 25 December 2021 and Monday 27 December 2021 Boxing Day, Sunday 26 December 2021 and Tuesday 28 December 2021 New Year's Day, Saturday 1 January 2022 and Monday 3 January 2022 When Christmas...
Labour Relations
Department News
04 Oct 2021
Media statement from Hon. Amber-Jade Sanderson MLA , Minister for Commerce Three-stage action plan to implement Security of Payment reform package Industry education and support to help businesses adapt to changes New laws to commence from August 1 2022 The McGowan Government has today released an action plan for implementing landmark Security of Payment reforms to improve protections for...
Building and Energy
Media release
21 Sep 2021
WorkSafe is undertaking a proactive inspection program to look at workplace safety and health issues in takeaway food outlets. The program will involve inspectors visiting fast food outlets in Perth and regional areas of the State throughout the 2021/22 financial year. WorkSafe Acting Director Carla van Ijzendoorn said today the inspection program had been prompted by continued significant...
WorkSafe
Media release
17 Sep 2021
A land development company has been fined $95,000 (and ordered to pay $2044.50 in costs) over an incident in 2018 in which a worker was seriously injured when a wall and a steel plate fell on him. Wormall Civil Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and, by that failure, causing serious injury to an employee, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court today...
WorkSafe
Media release
17 Sep 2021
The public holiday for the Queen’s Birthday is Monday, 27 September 2021. Employment entitlements for public holidays will vary based on an employee's award coverage and employment arrangements. The Queen’s Birthday 2021 public holiday information page provides information for state system employers and employees on entitlements for: award free employees Shop and Warehouse (Wholesale and Retail...
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Sep 2021
A recent compliance matter that started with an anonymous report of wage theft has resulted in Private Sector Labour Relations industrial inspectors recovering over $17,000 in underpayments. The employer, who runs a regional accommodation business, conducted a self-audit after being contacted by an industrial inspector. The audit found that more than 30 employees, including chefs, wait and...
Labour Relations
Department News
06 Sep 2021
Children working at the Perth Royal Show It is nearly time for the Perth Royal Show, and Wageline is giving a timely reminder to all business owners, parents and young workers about children working at the Royal Show. There are restrictions on the ages children can work in Western Australia, and these laws apply to all workplaces including retail outlets, mobile food vans, and amusement rides at...
Labour Relations
Event
01 Sep 2021

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