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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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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
Tasks carried out by electricians can increase the risk of musculoskeletal injuries such as sprains and strains due to awkward postures, repetitive actions and excessive force required to lift, carry...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
09 Jul 2019
WorkSafe is investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatality involving a bogged vehicle. It is alleged that: it occurred while workers were recovering a vehicle that had become bogged a tractor...
WorkSafe
Alert
12 Jun 2019
From September 2018 to January 2019, Private Sector Labour Relations Division conducted a proactive campaign to promote compliance with child employment laws in horse riding schools and equestrian...
Labour Relations
Reports
31 Jan 2020
The department has developed a checklist for employers and workers engaged in the fabrication and installation of stone benchtops. This checklist highlights safety issues with a focus on silica...
WorkSafe
Checklist
07 Feb 2020
Use this easy-to-follow checklist to rate potential hazards and risks on your property and to help you control and prevent the risk of serious injury or disease.
WorkSafe
Checklist
14 May 2019
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

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Private Sector Labour Relations industrial inspectors helped employees to recover over $377,990 in unpaid entitlements in the 2018–19 financial year. 168 complaints lodged with Private Sector Labour Relations resulted in $310,315 being recovered for employees whilst $67,675 was recovered as a result of proactive audits in targeted industries. Wageline also answered more than 13,026 calls, sent...
Labour Relations
Department News
02 Dec 2019
The State Government today tabled the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Bill in Parliament, paving the way for more modern workplace safety laws that apply to all industries. For more information Media statement - Hon Bill Johnston MLA Work Health and Safety Bill 2019
WorkSafe
Alert
27 Nov 2019
It is that time of the year where people are getting their last minute Christmas shopping done and many businesses are preparing to wind down for the holiday period. Although it is a time for some employers and employees to switch off and take a break, it is important to understand your employment obligations over the festive holiday period. This season’s public holidays are: Christmas Day,...
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Dec 2019
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

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