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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...
Work health and safety legislation reform
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
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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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
This information sheet provides advice to persons in control of a workplace 1 and those involved in inspecting, removing, managing or disposing of asbestos contaminated soils at workplaces. This...
WorkSafe
Information
03 May 2021
It's important for employers and workers to be prepared for the risks associated with cleaning up after a natural disaster. This publication has important health and safety information for cleaning...
WorkSafe
Information
20 Apr 2021
This publication is a summary of the Photographic Industry Award. This award covers employees working in the photographic industry: as developers, printers, mounters, retouchers, colourers, enlargers...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
30 Jun 2021
This publication is a summary of the Retail Pharmacists Award. This award covers employees at retail pharmacies and/or dispensaries working as pharmacists, pharmacts-in-charge, pharmacist managers,...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
30 Jun 2021
This document provides essential information to assist you with your Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards submission. Further information 2021 Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards 2021 Work...
WorkSafe
Information
16 Mar 2021
In November 2020, two workers were in the process of tree lopping in a truck-mounted elevating work platform (EWP) when the boom-type EWP suffered a major structural failure, with the metal support...
WorkSafe
Alert
03 Mar 2021
In September 2020, a bar attendant at a hotel received an electric shock while attempting to turn off a glass washer that was overflowing. The glass washer was plugged into a general power outlet...
WorkSafe
Alert
03 Mar 2021
Note: The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety's investigation is ongoing. Information contained in the safety alert is based on findings at the time of writing. On 29 October 2020, a...
WorkSafe
Alert
23 Feb 2021

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The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission has today increased the state minimum wage and all pay rates in WA awards effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2021. The state minimum wage for adult employees (21 and over) will increase by 2.5% ($19 per week) to $779.00 per week. WA award rates of pay will also increase by 2.5%. Junior rates and rates for apprentices and...
Labour Relations
Department News
24 Jun 2021
WorkSafe has commenced prosecution action against a subcontractor over serious injuries suffered by a worker on the Forrestfield Airport Link Project in July 2018. Salini Australia Pty Ltd has been charged with failing to provide and maintain a safe working environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee. On the afternoon of July 7, 2018, three Salini employees were engaged...
WorkSafe
Media release
24 Jun 2021
The Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Bill 2021 has today passed through Parliament The Bill will improve security of payment across the WA building and construction industry An additional $6.9 million allocated for implementation, training and compliance The McGowan Government's Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Bill 2021 has today passed State...
Building and Energy
Media release
22 Jun 2021
Many WA awards require employees to be paid a location allowance when employed in certain regional towns. Location allowances have just been increased by the 2021 Location Allowance General Order, and new rates take effect from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2021. The new rates for each town and a list of the relevant WA awards are available on the Location Allowance for employees in...
Labour Relations
Department News
22 Jun 2021
There are two systems of employment law that operate in WA – the state industrial relations system and the national fair work system. These systems have different employment obligations, so getting the right information is critical. Employers and employees cannot choose which system they operate under. The state system includes businesses and organisations (and their employees) that operate as...
Labour Relations
Department News
08 Jun 2021
Wageline is marking one year since the launch of the WA long service leave calculator. Over the past year the long service leave calculator has proven to be a valuable tool for both employers and employees, with it being accessed over 74,000 times. The WA long service leave calculator provides an estimate of an employee’s long service leave entitlement when employment ends, for those covered by...
Labour Relations
Department News
03 Jun 2021
The owner of a hairdressing chain has been ordered to pay $90,000 in unpaid employment entitlements and interest to two employees. Wei Zhu - trading as Shining Quick Cuts – was ordered by the Industrial Magistrates Court to pay the employees their outstanding entitlements after enforcement action was taken by Private Sector Labour Relations. The order followed an investigation by industrial...
Labour Relations
Media release
01 Jun 2021
WA’s Commission for Occupational Safety and Health is seeking public comment on the code of practice for workplace behaviour . At the May meeting the Commission endorsed the draft workplace behaviour code of practice and agreed to a three-month public consultation period ending 30 August 2021. The guidance in this draft code of practice should be considered in conjunction with the general duties...
WorkSafe
Department News
31 May 2021
The director of a shed building company has become the first person to be sentenced to a term of imprisonment under WA’s workplace safety and health laws. Director of MT Sheds (WA) Pty Ltd - Mark Thomas Withers - was yesterday sentenced in the Esperance Magistrates Court to two years and two months’ imprisonment following the 2020 death of a young worker and the serious injury of another. He is...
WorkSafe
Media release
25 May 2021
WorkSafe has reminded owner-builders of their responsibility for workplace safety after an owner-builder was fined $25,000 and granted a spent conviction over an incident in which a worker fell from a roof. The South-West owner-builder (who cannot be identified due to the spent conviction) pleaded guilty to failing to take practicable measures to ensure that persons at the workplace were not...
WorkSafe
Media release
21 May 2021

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