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The public comment period on the Work Health and Safety Regulations for Western Australia closed on 26 November 2019. All submissions received by the department will be provided to the Minister in order to facilitate his decision in relation to adopting the model WHS regulations in Western...
Work health and safety legislation reform
A campaign is currently underway by Private Sector Labour Relations to educate beauty salon businesses about their employment obligations. This was initiated after a compliance audit in 2018 found that a large proportion of nail and beauty businesses were not paying their employees correctly...
Proactive compliance campaigns
This page provides information for employers and employees about silica and some of the legal duties relating to protecting workers from developing silicosis. Silica is found in sand, stone, concrete and mortar. It is also used in the manufacture of a variety of products including composite stone...
Silica
The mentally healthy workplaces online hub brings together videos, podcasts, information sheets and checklists for both workers and management to use. Learn about psychosocial hazards and risk factors in the workplace and the benefits of having a mentally healthy workplace. Mental health and...
Mentally healthy workplaces
The department is seeking your comments regarding the regulations that will support the proposed Work Health and Safety Act for Western Australia (WHS Act (WA)) . The following videos have been produced to provide information regarding the consultation process: Work Health and Safety Regulations...
Information sessions and workshops
Construction Induction Training cards (CIT) are supplied to an RTO on the condition that the CIT cards are only issued to candidates who provide evidence that they are located in Western Australia at the time of the assessment for the CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry...
Construction Industry Training Card
Silica is a common naturally occurring mineral. This fact sheet provides information about where silica is found, what are the hazards and risk management. What is silica and where is it found? Silica is a common naturally occurring mineral, also known as silicon dioxide. One common type of...
Silica
The Inquiry received 20 non-confidential submissions, which are listed below in alphabetical order. The Inquiry chose to not publish certain non-confidential submissions due to the nature of information contained in these submissions. Australian Industry Group Australian Hotels Association (WA)...
Inquiry into wage theft
These terms and conditions of entry apply to all entrants in all categories for the Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards, Western Australia. The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (the Department) will administer the Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards. Entry for the Work...
Work Safety Awards
Due to the unique circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak, the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety will not be conducting the 2020 Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards. The awards will be back in 2021 and we look forward to reviewing your health and safety...
Work Safety Awards

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An unrestricted asbestos licence is required in Western Australia for work involving the removal of friable asbestos-containing material. Only an Unrestricted Asbestos licence holder or an employee...
WorkSafe
Form – application
25 Oct 2019
Lifting chains and their associated components (hooks, shackles, links etc) are used widely across a variety of industries to lift and move loads and includes Grade T (8, 80, 800) and Grade V (10,...
WorkSafe
Alert
10 Oct 2019
Reversing alarms are commonly fitted to plant and heavy vehicles across a wide range of industries. The noise made by these alarms falls into one of two categories: tonal and broadband. Tonal...
WorkSafe
Information
22 Oct 2019
This publication assists employees to independently make a claim to the Industrial Magistrates Court (IMC) for unpaid entitlements under state industrial laws and state industrial instruments. The...
Labour Relations
Guide / handbook
08 Oct 2019
During a lifeguard training session in July 2019, a new cylinder was to be fitted to an Oxy-Viva set. Two workers were injured when a worker ‘cracked’ a ‘C’ size medical oxygen cylinder. Cracking...
WorkSafe
Alert
01 Oct 2019
This publication applies to cafés or restaurant businesses in the state industrial relations system where the business operates as: sole traders (e.g. Jane Smith trading as Jane’s Café)...
Labour Relations
Flyers
30 Oct 2020
Public comment period has now closed regarding the regulations that will support the proposed Work Health and Safety Act for Western Australia (WHS Act (WA)). THIS DOCUMENT IS NO LONGER CURRENT AND...
WorkSafe
Information
14 Jan 2020
This checklist has been developed to highlight safety issues for workers in kitchens and provides information on how to best manage those risks to minimise workplace injuries and comply with...
WorkSafe
Checklist
16 Aug 2019
This checklist has been developed to highlight safety issues for workers in schools and provides information on how to best manage those risks to minimise workplace injuries and comply with...
WorkSafe
Checklist
15 Aug 2019
Minimum pay rates for staff – legal employment obligations of beauty salon business owners Owners of beauty salon businesses which operate in the state industrial relations system must provide the...
Labour Relations
Flyers
10 Oct 2019

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Under OSH legislation, employers are required to provide and maintain, as far as is practicable, a working environment in which their workers are not exposed to health risks. This includes situations where employees and contractors may be at risk of contracting viruses such as the COVID-19 coronavirus. Employers need to keep up to date with the latest health warnings from the Australian and WA...
WorkSafe
Alert
10 Mar 2020
Information update Two different industrial relations systems operate in Western Australia the state system and the national fair work system. The state system covers sole traders, unincorporated partnerships and trusts and some incorporated or not for profit organisations. For employers and employees covered by the state system, information is being regularly updated on the Employment impacted...
Labour Relations
Department News
17 Mar 2020
The Western Australian public holidays for the 2020 Easter period are: Good Friday – Friday 10 April Easter Monday – Monday 13 April While Easter Saturday is not a public holiday in Western Australia, some WA awards require employees to be paid additional rates on this day. To check if this applies to your situation visit the WA award summaries page or alternatively contact Wageline on 1300 655...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Mar 2020
The owner of a now-closed North Perth café has been ordered by the Industrial Magistrates Court to back pay $24,337 in unpaid award wages and interest to five former employees. Ms Jodie Cooper, who operated the Cloud Nine Vegan café, was also penalised $9,000 for the 24 contraventions of the Restaurant, Tearoom and Catering Workers’ Award 1979 . When setting the penalties, Industrial Magistrate...
Labour Relations
Media release
06 Mar 2020
On Thursday 20 February, the Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 passed through the Legislative Assembly of the Western Australian Parliament. The Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Mines and Petroleum and Industrial Relations said: “I am pleased that the Work Health and Safety Bill has now passed the Legislative Assembly. “The McGowan Government recognises the importance of these reforms and hopes...
WorkSafe
Department News
25 Feb 2020
The Western Australian public holidays for the 2020 Easter period are: Good Friday – Friday 10 April Easter Monday – Monday 13 April If you are covered by the state industrial relations system, the Easter 2020 public holiday page contains information on employment entitlements for: award free employers and employees Shop and Warehouse (Wholesale and Retail Establishments) Award Restaurant,...
Labour Relations
Department News
12 Feb 2020
The public holiday for Labour Day in 2020 is Monday 2 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 2020 public holiday page provides information on entitlements for: state system award free employers and employees Shop and Warehouse (Wholesale and Retail Establishments) Award...
Labour Relations
Department News
06 Feb 2020
Western Australian workers can visit the wage theft website at www.wagetheft.wa.gov.au for assistance 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
03 Feb 2020
One in four nail salons were found to be non-compliant with state employment laws in a proactive compliance audit undertaken by industrial inspectors at Private Sector Labour Relations. The major breach identified was underpayment of wages, with some salons paying rates of pay below the State minimum wage. A total of $50,441.68 was recovered from the 26 non-compliant nail salons for 55 employees...
Labour Relations
Department News
31 Jan 2020
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is seeking passionate people who thrive in leadership roles and will take a collaborative approach to problem solving. As a family-friendly employer, DMIRS offers a workplace that supports diversity and work-life balance. DMIRS has a priority to improve gender diversity within its leadership group, and therefore is particularly...
Consumer Protection
Department News
29 Jan 2020

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