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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: 2020 Court finds casual employee entitled to long service leave - Atlantic Healthcare Services (Ubiquitous Holdings Pty Ltd), North Perth Accountancy firm ordered to pay former...
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Below are historical documents relating to the development of OSH legislation in Western Australia 1983 Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare legislation - A public discussion document -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...
Education
Public Sector CSA Agreement 2019
Awards and agreements
This page contains frequently asked questions about safety and health committees. When should a safety and health committee be established? A safety and health committee should be established if an employee requests a committee, the employer decides to establish one, or if there is a regulation...
OSH committees
A campaign is currently being conducted by Private Sector Labour Relations to promote compliance with employment laws for cafe and restaurant businesses in the state industrial relations system. The campaign commenced in October 2019 and was suspended in March 2020 for a period of time due to COVID...
Proactive compliance campaigns

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It is reasonable for employees to experience increased worry, anxiety and stress about the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Managing the risk to mental health during this time means employees will have...
WorkSafe
Information
08 Apr 2020
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:...
WorkSafe
Information
07 Apr 2020
The Western Australian strategy and framework for the prevention and management of work-related musculoskeletal disorders are intended as useful resources for stakeholders who can influence...
WorkSafe
Information
11 Feb 2020
ThinkSafe is the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s flagship online publication for workplace safety and health in Western Australia. ThinkSafe magazine - April 2021 ThinkSafe...
WorkSafe
Newsletter
11 May 2021
In late 2018 the Private Sector Labour Relations (PSLR) division of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety commenced a proactive compliance campaign focused on compliance with...
Labour Relations
Reports
31 Jan 2020
During July 2017, the Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Commerce and Industrial Relations, the Hon Bill Johnston MLA, sought to establish a Ministerial Advisory Panel (MAP) on Work Health and Safety...
WorkSafe
Information
14 Jan 2020
THIS DOCUMENT IS NO LONGER CURRENT AND IS AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE FOR HISTORICAL PURPOSES ONLY. The public comment period on the Work Health and Safety Regulations for Western Australia closed on 26...
WorkSafe
Information
14 Jan 2020
The employment record obligation publications help state system employers keep correct employment records. The two publications each feature helpful step by step guides to record keeping and Wageline...
Labour Relations
Guide / handbook
15 Feb 2021
A worker contracted a life-threatening respiratory infection with the bacteria Psychrobacter sanguinis . In the days immediately prior to contracting the infection, he had been cleaning biological...
WorkSafe
Alert
17 Dec 2019
Use this form to apply for a demolition licence. For more information regarding applying for a demolition licence please refer to Guidelines for applicants for a demolition licence .
WorkSafe
Form – application
29 Nov 2019

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WorkSafe has successfully prosecuted two companies and two individuals for breaches of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and Regulations. Warren James Piggott, Screenwest Pty Ltd, Quentin Victor Healy and Hanssen Pty Ltd were recently successfully prosecuted by WorkSafe WA. In Joondalup Magistrates Court on Friday a machinery operator at a recycling facility was fined $7500 (and ordered to...
WorkSafe
Media release
26 Nov 2020
With Christmas not far away, now is the time for employers and employees in the state industrial relations system to check working arrangements for public holidays over the Christmas New Year period. This season’s public holidays are: Christmas Day, Friday 25 December 2020 Boxing Day, Saturday 26 December 2020 and Monday 28 December 2020. New Year’s Day, Friday 1 January 2021. When Boxing Day...
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Dec 2020
A new social media campaign to educate employers and employees in Western Australia has been launched by Wageline at the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. The Inquiry into Wage Theft in Western Australia recommended a social media campaign in order to raise the level of employer and employee awareness of employment rights and obligations and the pathways available for pursuing...
Labour Relations
Media release
12 Nov 2020
A Bayswater waste recycling company has been fined a total of $330,000 (and ordered to pay an additional $234,000 in costs) after being found guilty of gross negligence over a 2016 incident in which a labour hire worker’s arm was amputated at the shoulder. Resource Recovery Solutions Pty Ltd was found guilty in the Perth Magistrates Court in July of two offences - gross negligence in failing to...
WorkSafe
Media release
10 Nov 2020
In June 2020, the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) issued the 2020 State Wage Case decision. The WAIRC decision granted a 1.75% per week increase in the state minimum wage and WA award rates of pay from 1 January 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the minimum pay rates for award free employees and all pay rates in WA awards remained unchanged from 1 July 2020. The...
Labour Relations
Department News
06 Nov 2020
Asbestos Awareness Week 2020 runs from 23-29 November 2020. Please take this opportunity to ensure your workplace asbestos management systems are up to date, and that workers are aware of these systems. And remember – buildings built before 1990 are likely to contain materials with asbestos content. Follow the links for more information: Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Industry checklist...
WorkSafe
Event
06 Nov 2020
A WorkSafe proactive inspection program has found that the owners of tower cranes have limited knowledge and understanding of the correct procedures for major inspections of tower cranes. The inspection program was conducted throughout the 2019/20 financial year, looking at safety issues relating to tower cranes in service at WA construction sites in both metropolitan and regional areas. WorkSafe...
WorkSafe
Media release
06 Nov 2020
Wage inspections have uncovered nearly $350,000 in underpayments for hospitality workers, as part of a 12 month compliance campaign by industrial inspectors at the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. A total of $348,890 in underpayments was identified for 369 employees from 49 cafe and restaurant businesses in the state industrial relations system. A large number of businesses...
Labour Relations
Media release
02 Nov 2020
Workplace exposure standard for respirable crystalline silica halved to 0.05 milligrams per cubic metre effective today and respirable coal dust halved to 1.5 milligrams per cubic metre effective October 27, 2021 Media statement Silica Guidance about dusts and other airborne contaminants
WorkSafe
Department News
27 Oct 2020
The Christmas New Year period is fast approaching. This season's public holidays are: Christmas Day, Friday 25 December 2020 Boxing Day, Saturday 26 December 2020 and Monday 28 December 2020 New Year's Day, Friday 1 January 2021 When Boxing Day falls on a Saturday the next following Monday is also a public holiday under the Public and Bank Holidays Act 1972 , however employment entitlements for...
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Oct 2020

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