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In 2018, the Western Australian Government passed legislation to increase workplace safety and health offence penalties, under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (OSH Act) and the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 (MSI Act). Level 4 penalties increase from $500,000 to a maximum $2.7...
Legislation, codes and guidance materials
Information about the Inquiry into Wage Theft.
Inquiry into Wage Theft in Western Australia
Health surveillance in the workplace refers to the health monitoring of employees where there is a risk to health from exposure to certain hazardous substances (listed in Schedule 5.3 of the OSH Regulations 1996) or other hazardous substances where suitable health checks are available. Health...
Health surveillance
If you have completed the requirements of an improvement notice you must notify the WorkSafe Commissioner forthwith. You can now notify the WorkSafe Commissioner online. You will need: the improvement notice number; the date it was issued; and the inspector name You will find the details on the...
Improvement notice notification
In November 2018, Private Sector Labour Relations began a proactive compliance campaign to educate nail salon businesses about their employment obligations. This was introduced after an initial audit found a large proportion of nail and beauty businesses were not paying their employees correctly...
Proactive compliance campaigns
Private Sector Labour Relations undertakes proactive compliance campaigns to improve compliance by employers with state employment laws. Our current campaigns and recently completed campaigns are detailed below. Current campaigns Cafés and restaurants in the state industrial relations system -...
Proactive compliance campaigns
Sick leave and carer's leave accrues on a weekly basis and can be calculated based on how many weeks an employee has worked: a full time employee accrues 1.461 hours of sick leave for each completed week of work (based on the standard 38 hour week) a part time employee will accrue the relevant...
Sick and carer's leave
Annual leave accrues on a weekly basis and you can calculate how much annual leave an employee has accrued based on how many weeks they have worked - a full time employee accrues 2.923 hours of annual leave for each completed week of work (based on the standard 38 hour week) a part time employee...
Annual leave
WorkSafe would like to congratulate the winners and finalists of the 2018 Work Safety Awards Western Australia. These awards recognise outstanding OSH management, solutions and innovation in Western Australian workplaces. This year our finalist and winners have not only demonstrated their strong...
Work Safety Awards
Legal actions and related activities summarises enforcement actions undertaken by WorkSafe under the occupational safety and health legislation. Traditionally this information has been published as part of the department’s Annual Report . Background The Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (OSH...
Enforcement outcomes

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On 6 April 2019, a farmer was fatally injured after coming off a quad bike in Myrup near Esperance. The tragedy follows an earlier incident in December 2018 when a 17-year-old youth also died when he...
WorkSafe
Alert
11 Apr 2019
Written parental permission information and template An employer must not employ a child aged 13 or 14 years in a shop, retail outlet or restaurant (which includes a fast food or takeaway food...
Labour Relations
Information
11 Apr 2019
This self-audit checklist is to assist employers operating a shop or restaurant (including a fast food or takeaway food business) to conduct a self-audit of compliance with child employment laws...
Labour Relations
Checklist
10 Apr 2019
The below text is provided for accessibility and is the same as the text in the attached information brochure. Laws restrict when children under 15 can work in takeaway food businesses If you run or...
Labour Relations
Brochure
11 Apr 2019
This checklist has been developed to highlight safety issues for workers engaged in manufacturing glass and glass product and provides information on how to best manage those risks to minimise...
WorkSafe
Checklist
02 Apr 2019
This code of practice provides guidance on creating and maintaining a mentally healthy workplace through: providing an environment that promotes good health and wellbeing the application of a risk...
WorkSafe
Code of practice
02 Apr 2019
In March 2019, a truck mounted concrete pump with boom (TMCPWB) collapsed on to an operator. The injured person had his leg pinned by the boom, causing leg injuries. Possible contributing factors in...
WorkSafe
Alert
18 Mar 2019
18 March 2019 Easter and ANZAC Day public holidays 2019 The Easter period is rapidly approaching. If you are working or employing during this period, it is important to understand public holiday...
Labour Relations
Bulletin
18 Mar 2019
The Construction Industry Safety Advisory Committee (CISAC), a tripartite committee of the Western Australian Commission for Occupational Safety and Health, has been made aware of alleged non-...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
08 Mar 2019
The department's annual report for 2017-2018 presents information on its statutory compliance, financial, non-financial and operational performance, in accordance with the requirements of the...
Corporate
Reports
08 Nov 2019

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Announcements

The Christmas/ New Year period is fast approaching and it is important to understand public holiday obligations for the festive season. This season's public holidays are: Christmas Day, Wednesday 25 December 2019 Boxing Day, Thursday 26 December 2019 New Year's Day, Wednesday 1 January 2020 Employers and employees should be aware of their employment obligations on these public holidays. The...
Labour Relations
Department News
28 Nov 2019
WorkSafe has initiated prosecution action against the building company that employed a labour hire backpacker who died as a result of a fall in 2016. WorkSafe’s investigation was conducted as a result of that death, and while no charges have been laid in relation to the incident, other breaches were identified during the course of the investigation and this prosecution is the result. Hanssen Pty...
WorkSafe
Media release
07 Nov 2019
It is important to understand the difference between whether a worker is an employee or a subcontractor as different obligations apply. For example, if a worker is legally an employee but they are instead engaged as a subcontractor, they may be entitled to claim for unpaid leave entitlements, penalty rates and superannuation. A subcontractor is not an employee, but rather a worker running their...
Labour Relations
Department News
07 Nov 2019
WorkSafe is investigating the work-related death of a 63-year-old truck driver at a workplace in Wootatting (near York) yesterday. The man was believed to have been performing repair or maintenance work on a truck in a workshop when he was caught between the wheel arch and the tyre. Inspectors travelled to the site last night and will continue to closely examine the circumstances of the incident...
WorkSafe
Media release
06 Nov 2019
A proactive inspection program looking at safety issues in WA’s child care centres has revealed a widespread lack of risk assessment and training in hazardous substances. The program, which included both government and private childcare centres in metropolitan and regional areas of the State, was undertaken because child care was a relatively new work area and had not been closely examined for...
WorkSafe
Media release
05 Nov 2019
WorkSafe is conducting a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues relating to tower cranes in service at WA construction sites. The program will continue until the end of the 2019/20 financial year, and will include tower cranes on construction sites in both metropolitan and regional areas of the State. WorkSafe Director Sally North said today an inspection program was being...
WorkSafe
Media release
31 Oct 2019
WorkSafe has issued a reminder on the safe movement of vehicles on worksites after the results of a Coronial Inquest into the death of a postal worker in 2015 were released. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Darren Kavanagh said today employers needed to ensure safe systems of work were developed and implemented in workplaces where vehicles and workers were present in the same area. “Wherever vehicles and...
WorkSafe
Media release
23 Oct 2019
All employers covered by the WA state industrial relations system are legally required to keep employment records. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships or unincorporated trusts. Employment records must be in English and can be written or electronic, as long as they can be printed. They must be kept for at least seven years after they are...
Labour Relations
Department News
18 Oct 2019
A building company has been fined $47,500 (and ordered to pay $1519 in costs) over an incident in which a 3.88-tonne tilt-up panel fell from a building under construction onto a neighbouring car park. Hanssen Pty. Ltd. was found guilty of failing to ensure that work was directly supervised by a person who had completed an approved course for managers and supervisors on a site where tilt-up work...
WorkSafe
Media release
15 Oct 2019
The new wage theft website at www.wagetheft.wa.gov.au assists Western Australian workers with how to: seek help with resolving an underpayment issue or unpaid annual or long service leave; report wage theft anonymously to the relevant government department; or seek help with unpaid superannuation. Visit www.wagetheft.wa.gov.au for more information.
Labour Relations
Department News
10 Dec 2019

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