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In Western Australia workers have been killed by lightning, the most recent in 2014 when a backpacker working on a farm at Bruce Rock died after she was struck by lightning. Workers are most at risk working out in the open, on the sea or other waterways or sheltering under trees or other structures...
Environmental factors
The acronym GHS stands for The Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. The system was developed by the United Nations with the intention of harmonising the many different chemical classification systems in use around the world. The GHS provides a classification...
Hazardous substances
The Western Australian Building and Construction Industry Code of Conduct 2016 commenced on 1 January 2017. These Implementation Guidelines have been developed to assist effective workplace management within the building and construction industry that achieves the objectives of the WA Code. Further...
Guidelines
Working holiday and student visa workers have the same entitlements as other employees working in Western Australia. This page outlines where working holiday and student visa workers and their employers can go for help with understanding rights and obligations in WA workplaces. The Department of...
This information applies to employers and employees in the state industrial relations system . It covers businesses which operate as sole traders, partnerships and unincorporated trust arrangements. This information does not apply to businesses and organisations in the national industrial relations...
Types of employment arrangements
This page contains Wageline's previous WA Award Summaries. The pay rates in these summaries are not the current rates. New pay rates were effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2018 and these are available on the WA award summaries page. The information on this page applies only to...
WA pay rates and award summaries
Hepatitis B is an infectious disease that is commonly transmitted through blood to blood contact. It is a virus that can slowly damage the liver over many years and is potentially life threatening. What are the signs and symptoms of Hepatitis B? Many people with Hepatitis B are unaware of their...
Diseases and health
As the National Broadband Network (NBN) rolls out across Australia, Telstra’s and Optus’ existing fixed line networks are being progressively disconnected. Monitored fire alarms and lift phones operating over these networks may cease to operate unless they are migrated to an alternate...
Plant and machinery
In November 2017, WorkSafe held a series of seminars for High Risk Work Licence (HRWL) Assessors registered under the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 (OSH Regulations). A copy of the powerpoint from the seminars is available, and provides information: about the 'Training Standards...
How to become a high risk work registered assessor
The information on this page applies only to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trust arrangements as well as any incorporated associations or not for...
WA pay rates and award summaries

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Occupational Safety and Health Regulation 5.23 & 5.24 - where no specific health surveillance form is available, Appointed Medical Practitioners should use this form when supervising health...
WorkSafe
Form – notification
14 Dec 2017
Appointed Medical Practitioners should use this form when supervising health surveillance on workers working with inorganic chromium and return the completed form to Occupational Physician, WorkSafe...
WorkSafe
Form – notification
14 Dec 2017
In 2017/18, WorkSafe WA is conducting a proactive inspection campaign focusing on other store based retailing outlets, with a view to improving safety within the industry. The campaign will involve...
WorkSafe
Checklist
27 Nov 2017
Asbestos has recently been found in friction wear plates in the suspension systems of rail carriages. The new rail carriages were purchased between 2007 and 2014 and were imported from China. They...
WorkSafe
Alert
16 Nov 2017
The Coverage of the State industrial relations system information paper provides background information for the Ministerial Review of the State Industrial Relations System. Detail about the...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
07 Feb 2018
In 2014, the former Western Australian Government released a version of the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws (known as the “Green Bill” ) for public comment. 50 submissions were received...
WorkSafe
Information
31 Oct 2017
Industry profiles contains statistical information that relates specifically to Western Australian workplaces, categorised by industry.
WorkSafe
Statistics
14 Nov 2017
On 15 November 2016 Ali Burston and Frank Pansini presented at the WorkSafe and RiskCover Forum. This forum included: case study presentations from guest speakers; WorkSafe WA presenting the results...
WorkSafe
Information
29 Nov 2017
If there is bullying or conflict at your workplace, use the following four step process. Remember support is always available eg talk to a friend, your doctor or an counseller, or an advocate. Step 1...
WorkSafe
Information
01 Nov 2017
In May 2017 p resenters from both WorkSafe and the Health Department delivered an information session on asbestos health risks, the relevant legislation, and some common issues that arise in relation...
WorkSafe
Information
23 Oct 2017

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Monday 5 March is the Labour Day public holiday. Employers should be aware of their employment obligations on this public holiday, including public holiday rates of pay. If an employee is covered by a WA award, check the relevant award on the WA award summaries page . Information about public holidays for award free employees is available on the Pay rates for public holidays page or for further...
Labour Relations
Department News
26 Feb 2018
The Easter period is rapidly approaching and it is important to understand the public holiday obligations for Easter. The Western Australian public holidays for the 2018 Easter period are: Good Friday - Friday 30 March Easter Monday - Monday 2 April Visit the Easter 2018 public holiday arrangements page for: An overview of the Easter public holiday payment arrangements for state system employers...
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Feb 2018
WorkSafe is undertaking a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues with scaffolding across the State. The program will continue for the next eight months, and will involve a wide range of workplaces throughout Perth and regional areas of WA. WorkSafe Director Chris Kirwin said today the construction industry had one of the highest number of work-related deaths of all industries, and...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Feb 2018
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety is seeking feedback on a draft code of practice for mentally healthy workplaces for fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers in the resources and construction sectors in Western Australia. The development of this code was in response to the recommendations and findings of the Legislative Assembly Education and Health Standing Committee final report on...
WorkSafe
Department News
16 Feb 2018
Wageline is participating in the Small Business Development Corporation Bizlik event for small business on Thursday 22 March 2018. The attached flyer has details on this free event for small business owners. Bizlink Flyer March 2018
Labour Relations
Event
15 Feb 2018
All state system employers are legally required to keep employment records. An employee can request to inspect his or her employment records by putting a formal written request to the employer. Employers must comply with this request and allow this to occur by the end of the next pay period after the employee makes the formal request. The Access to records page provides further information. Many...
Labour Relations
Department News
05 Feb 2018
The Ministerial Review of the State Industrial Relations System has attracted extensive input, with 64 written submissions being received and a number of stakeholder meetings being held. The State Government is reviewing the industrial relations system to ensure it is contemporary, fair and accessible. The review is being undertaken by Mr Mark Ritter SC, assisted by Mr Stephen Price MLA...
Labour Relations
Media release
17 Jan 2018
The Children and Community Services Act 2004 regulates where, when, and at what age children can be employed in Western Australia and these laws apply to all employers throughout the State. In most industries, children under 15 cannot be employed unless they are working in a family business run by a relative such as a parent, aunt, uncle or grandparent; performing professionally as an actor,...
Labour Relations
Department News
31 Jan 2018
A proactive inspection program undertaken by WorkSafe to look at safety in takeaway food outlets has uncovered serious concerns with hazardous substances. The inspection program involved inspectors visiting takeaway food outlets in Perth and regional areas of the State throughout the 2016/17 financial year. WorkSafe Acting Director Grady Chaney said today the inspection program had been prompted...
WorkSafe
Media release
30 Jan 2018
WorkSafe has successfully appealed a penalty given to a trucking company in December 2016 and it has been increased considerably. Cleveland Freightlines Pty Ltd was found guilty of nine charges of failing to ensure records were kept of the work time, breaks and non-work time of nine commercial vehicle drivers. Cleveland was also found guilty of six charges of failing to ensure that a commercial...
WorkSafe
Media release
25 Jan 2018

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