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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 was the State Government’s response to the recommendations made by: the 2018 Final Report of the Ministerial Review of the State Industrial Relations System conducted...
Industrial relations reform in Western Australia
To be entitled to long service leave under the Long Service Leave Act 1958 , an employee’s employment with their employer must be continuous. The amount of long service leave is determined by the employee’s period of continuous employment . Under the Long Service Leave Act, an employee must be paid...
Long service leave
In May 2020, temporary state system JobKeeper provisions were introduced for private sector state system employers and employees who were participating in the Commonwealth JobKeeper scheme. These provisions were implemented by the COVID-19 JobKeeper General Order issued by the Western Australian...
COVID-19 coronavirus
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...
Unpaid pandemic leave
Working from home can be a temporary arrangement or an ongoing agreement between the employer and the worker which allows workers to perform work at their home. No matter what arrangement has been made, under the Occupational Safety and Health legislation, both the employer and the worker have a...
Office safety
The following information has been developed to assist employers and employees meet their safety and health obligations. Department of Mines Industry Regulation and Safety Public transport including taxis and rideshare services - Minimising the risk of exposure to COVID-19 Working from home Safe...
COVID 19 - Coronavirus
The following information has been developed for employers and employees looks at ways to look after your mental health during this challenging time. COVID-19 coronavirus guide for employers: Looking after your mental health COVID-19 coronavirus guide for employees: Looking after your mental health...
COVID 19 - Coronavirus
Safe Work Australia has created an easy to follow infographic to advise workplaces on the steps they should take if a worker comes down with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19. [scald=8226:image_medium {"link":"https:\/\/ www.commerce.wa.gov.au \/publications\/what-do-if-worker-has-covid-19...
COVID 19 - Coronavirus
This page contains frequently asked questions on COVID-19. Is social (physical) distancing required at work? Social (also called physical) distancing must be followed at work as far as practicable, based on principles published by the Department of Health . The extent of social distancing will...
COVID 19 - Coronavirus

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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...
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
08 Sep 2020
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 24 June 2021 the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) issued the 2021...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
30 Jun 2021
This publication is a summary of the Crisis Assistance, Supported Housing Industry - Western Australian Interim Award. On 24 June 2021 the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC)...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
30 Jun 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
15 Jun 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

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Under the Western Australia Public and Bank Holidays Act 1972 , Anzac Day takes place on 25 April, but when that day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the next following Monday is also a public holiday. In 2021, Anzac Day falls on Sunday 25 April. Subsequently, Sunday 25 April and Monday 26 April are both public holidays in Western Australia. However, employees in the state industrial relations...
Labour Relations
Department News
02 Mar 2021
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
16 Jun 2021
Wageline’s Pay rates in languages other than English page provides links to information brochures on employment obligations and pay rates in languages other than English for the beauty industry and the café and restaurant sector. For pay rate information in languages not available on the website, use the Translating and Interpreting Service on 13 14 50 to contact Wageline 1300 655 266.
Labour Relations
Department News
15 Feb 2021
The Western Australian public holidays for the 2021 Easter period are: Good Friday – Friday 2 April Easter Monday – Monday 5 April If you are covered by the state industrial relations system, the Easter 2021 public holiday page contains information on employment entitlements for: award free employees Shop and Warehouse (Wholesale and Retail Establishments) Award Restaurant, Tearoom and Catering...
Labour Relations
Department News
09 Feb 2021
The Premier announced that Perth, Peel and the South West regions of WA will be entering a hard lockdown until 6.00pm, Friday 5 February 2021. While DMIRS is well prepared to deal with the current situation, the lockdown may impact planned business activities and meetings with the department in these regions during the week. Our regional offices, except the Bunbury office, remain open and...
Labour Relations
Department News
03 Feb 2021
The Premier announced that Perth, Peel and the South West regions of WA will be entering a hard lockdown until 6.00pm, Friday 5 February 2021. While DMIRS is well prepared to deal with the current situation, the lockdown may impact planned business activities and meetings with the department in these regions during the week. Our regional offices, except the Bunbury and Collie offices, remain open...
WorkSafe
Department News
03 Feb 2021
As the result of the Premier’s announcement that WA will be entering into a hard lock down until 6.00pm, Friday 5 February, our phone services are currently unavailable. Wageline will resume full service delivery on Monday 8 February. If your matter is urgent please email us at wageline@dmirs.wa.gov.au
Labour Relations
Department News
01 Feb 2021
The 2023 public holiday dates in Western Australia are now available on the Wageline website at www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/publicholidays .
Labour Relations
Department News
29 Jan 2021
With the season’s first cyclone forming off the North-West coast, businesses throughout the State have been reminded to ensure that contingency plans have been established and are in operation. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Darren Kavanagh said today it was crucial that everyone on both sea and land knew what to do when a cyclone approached. “Under workplace safety and health laws employers must have...
WorkSafe
Media release
22 Jan 2021
The public holiday for Labour Day in 2021 is Monday 1 March. Under the Public and Bank Holidays Act 1972 , in Western Australia the Labour Day public holiday takes place on the first Monday in March. The Labour Day public holiday entitlements for 2021 page provides information on entitlements for: state system award free employees Shop and Warehouse (Wholesale and Retail Establishments) Award...
Labour Relations
Department News
28 Jan 2021

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