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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
State system private sector employers and employees impacted by the COVID-19 Coronavirus This information is 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...
COVID-19 coronavirus
The department has produced guides for employers on health surveillance for workers exposed to hazardous substance. Health surveillance is monitoring a person to identify changes in their health resulting from exposure. Isocyanates: Health surveillance – Guide for employers Organophosphates: Health...
Health surveillance
This page contains frequently asked questions about vaping. Is vaping hazardous? Yes, vaping can be hazardous. The nature of the hazard will depend upon factors such as the liquid used in the e-cigarette and the health status of the individual. In 2019, there were 2290 cases of lung injury...
Smoking
Some regional areas in Western Australia hold the Queen’s Birthday public holiday on an alternative date, usually to coincide with a significant date or event for that area. Below are the previous years’ regional Queen’s Birthday public holiday dates. 2020 Local Government Authority Dates for Queen...
Public holidays
The information below 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...
Public holiday pay
The information below 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...
Public holiday pay
The following media releases on successful enforcement matters before the Industrial Magistrates Court have been issued: 2021 Labour hire employer gets $22,000 penalty for underpayments - Garth Douglas Smith trading as Hi Ho Personnel, Perth Hairdressing chain ordered to pay $90,000 to workers -...
Enforcement matters
Below are historical documents relating to the development of OSH legislation in Western Australia 1983 Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare legislation - A public discussion document - Hon DK Dans MLC 1983 1987 Second reading speech - Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Amendment Bill - Hon...
Legislation, codes and guidance materials
Welcome to the commercial vehicle driver fatigue management training package. Drivers Before commencing the Commercial vehicle driver fatigue management training you will require: a personal email address to register, please note each person must have a different email address to use this system to...
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Despite all sporting, horse riding industry and education bodies promoting the use of safety approved riding helmets, it has been found that some cattle stations are allowing station hands to ride...
WorkSafe
Alert
17 Sep 2020
In March 2020, a young worker was assaulted during a robbery by three males at a 24-hour service station. The worker was new to the job and was working alone for the duration of the night shift. At...
WorkSafe
Alert
17 Sep 2020
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

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In May 2020, the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission issued the COVID-19 JobKeeper General Order. This General Order applied to private sector state system employer and employees who were participating in the Commonwealth JobKeeper scheme. The COVID-19 JobKeeper General Order allowed qualifying employers to temporarily stand down an employee or reduce their hours of work. On 28...
Labour Relations
Department News
26 Mar 2021
Wageline at the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has launched its Twitter account . The Inquiry into Wage Theft in Western Australia recommended a social media campaign to raise the level of employer and employee awareness of employment rights and obligations and the pathways for resolving an underpayment. In November 2020, Wageline launched its social media campaign with a...
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Mar 2021
Nominations are now open for the prestigious 2021 Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards, celebrating safety across Western Australian workplaces. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Darren Kavanagh said the Awards would recognise outstanding solutions and innovations in health and safety across all WA workplaces. “This is a terrific opportunity for WA businesses to show off their workplace safety...
WorkSafe
Media release
22 Mar 2021
WorkSafe has commenced prosecution action against a shed building company and its director over the fall death of a worker and the serious injury of another worker in March 2020. MT Sheds (WA) Pty Ltd and company director Mark Thomas Withers face a total of seven separate charges including charges in relation to the death of Jake Williams and serious injuries to Fraser Pinchin last year. The...
WorkSafe
Media release
22 Mar 2021
The Western Australian public holidays for the 2021 Easter period are: Good Friday – 2 April Easter Monday – 5 April While Easter Saturday, 3 April 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 655 266. For...
Labour Relations
Department News
08 Mar 2021
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

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