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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...
Dismissal
The Owner-Drivers (Contracts and Disputes) Act 2007 (the Act) applies to owner-drivers of freight vehicles (of more than 4.5 tonnes GVM ) and people and companies that hire owner-drivers of freight vehicles. For information about the Act, contact the Department of Transport or email ownerdriver@...
Owner-drivers
Public holidays in Western Australia - 2022 to 2024 2022 2023 2024 New Year's Day Saturday 1 January & Monday 3 January Sunday 1 January & Monday 2 January Monday 1 January Australia Day Wednesday 26 January Thursday 26 January Friday 26 January Labour Day Monday 7 March Monday 6 March...
Public holidays
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
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
There are two separate industrial relations systems operating in the state of Western Australia, each with different employment laws, awards and minimum conditions. All employers and employees in Western Australia are covered by either the Western Australian state system or the national system ...
Key features of the WA state system
Learn about the changes to state employment laws that commenced on 20 June 2022. Two different industrial relations systems operate in WA, the state system and the national fair work system. The two systems have different employment rights and obligations. Which system applies to a particular...
Guide to who is in the WA state system
This page contains frequently asked questions on working at height How do I use a ladder safely? Ladders can be hazardous if they are not correctly maintained and used. Regulation 3.26 of the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 details the requirements for working with portable ladders...
Working at height
This page contains frequently asked questions on the national standard for construction work and fall prevention in domestic housing​ . What does the National Standard require in terms of fall prevention? The Standard requires a person with control over high-risk construction work to have a written...
Working at height
Local exhaust ventilation (LEV) captures air contaminants at their source. LEV is necessary in circumstances where you are not able to eliminate the hazard, substitute a less hazardous substance, or isolate the process from people, and the contaminant is harmful, toxic or corrosive (such as lead...
Hazardous chemicals

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Brushcutters are widely used by gardeners. They vary in size, power and quality. Some lightweight units are common around schools and parks. Heavy-duty powerful units are used by some specialists...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
14 May 2014
Edgers are used in most workplaces that have lawns and employ gardeners. Edgers can be used for long periods of time and can exceed 85 dB(A). Hearing protection is required for operators of edgers...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
14 May 2014
This educational article has been developed to assist in the management of noise from lawn mowers. Rotary lawn mower Introduction Rotary mowers range in noise levels from 84 to 94 dB(A) depending on...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
21 May 2014
Chainsaws make rapid cutting of logs and tree pruning possible. They are widely used throughout government agencies, garden and park services, and in the primary industry sector. Petrol powered...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
16 May 2014
This educational article has been developed to assist in the management of noise from combination machines. Maintenance Keep buzzer/thicknesser blades sharp. Use the correct type of saw blade with...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
21 May 2014
Sample form for your own use to report accidents or incidents.
WorkSafe
Template
21 May 2014
This Guidance Note on the Elimination of Environmental Tobacco Smoke in the Workplace [NOHSC: 3019 (2003)] is intended to provide information and advice to employers, workers, unions, occupational...
WorkSafe
Guidance note
20 May 2014
This educational article has been developed to assist in the identification of occupational safety and health (OSH) hazards. The hazard identification tools were developed following interviews with...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
21 May 2014
This educational article has been developed to assist in the identification of occupational safety and health (OSH) hazards. The hazard identification tools were developed following interviews with...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
20 May 2014
This educational article has been developed to assist in the identification of occupational safety and health (OSH) hazards. The hazard identification tools were developed following interviews with...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
20 May 2014

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Monday 5 June 2017 is the Western Australia day public holiday. Employers in the state industrial relations system can check their employment obligations for this public holiday on the Pay rates for public holidays page or contact Wageline for more information.
Labour Relations
Department News
29 May 2017
Do you know the requirements for meal breaks? Most WA awards outline requirements for meal breaks, for example, when and how they may be taken, the duration of the break, and what pay rates apply if a meal break is delayed to suit the requirements of the workplace. Employers should check the meal break provisions in the relevant WA award summaries for this information. If the employee is covered...
Labour Relations
Department News
12 May 2017
The Wageline Newsletter record keeping edition has been published today. The text of the Newsletter is below. This edition features information on the record keeping requirements and the penalites that apply to employers who fail to keep employment records. Wageline Newsletter is an email service which provides updates on: increases to the state minimum wage and WA award rates of pay other...
Labour Relations
Department News
08 May 2017
Over the last few months Wageline has seen a steady increase in the amount of queries on how to make a complaint about underpayment of employment entitlements. It is important for employers to be aware of their employment rights and obligations. The consequences for getting this wrong can be costly for employers. Employers who are unsure of employment obligations should visit the Finding the...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 May 2017
The Anzac Day public holiday is on Tuesday 25 April 2017. Do you know your employment obligations for this public holiday? If an employee is covered by a WA award, check the relevant award on the WA award summaries page of our website. Information about public holidays for state system award free employees is available on the Pay rates for public holidays page of our website or for more...
Labour Relations
Department News
19 Apr 2017
Easter is here this weekend. Do you know your employment obligations? The Western Australian public holidays for the 2017 Easter period are: Good Friday - Friday 14 April 2017 Easter Monday - Monday 17 April 2017 Visit the Easter 2017 public holiday arrangement page for: An overview of the Easter public holiday payment arrangements for state system employers and employees Detailed information on...
Labour Relations
Department News
12 Apr 2017
Over the past few weeks the Department of Commerce has been conducting a proactive compliance campaign about the employment of children in the fast food industry. The campaign was a success with 975 fast food employers and head offices of franchise groups across the Perth metropolitan area provided with an information pack about the employment of children under the Children and Community Services...
Labour Relations
Department News
07 Apr 2017
The regional dates for the Queen’s Birthday public holiday for 2017 have now been published - visit the Regional dates for the Queen's Birthday public holiday page. In all other areas of WA the Queen’s Birthday public holiday will be held on Monday 25 September 2017.
Labour Relations
Department News
27 Mar 2017
The Wageline Newsletter March 2017 edition has been published today. This edition features information on the Easter public holidays and a range of articles featuring the Employment of children in the fast food industry and common questions employers ask Wageline. Wageline Newsletter is an email service which provides updates on: increases to the state minimum wage and WA award rates of pay other...
Labour Relations
Department News
21 Mar 2017
A Perth doctor has been ordered to pay a penalty of $4000 plus disbursements for obstructing an investigation into whether he correctly paid one of his workers. The Industrial Magistrates Court ordered the penalties against Dr Patrick Nugawela in a default judgment last month after finding he had obstructed an industrial inspector from the Department of Commerce. Dr Nugawela failed to provide...
Labour Relations
Media release
20 Mar 2017

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