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Public comment ended 31 August 2018 - THIS DOCUMENT IS NO LONGER CURRENT AND IS AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE FOR HISTORICAL PURPOSES ONLY The Western Australian Government is seeking your comments on the proposals to modernise Western Australia’s WHS laws. Background On 12 July 2017, the Government’s...
Work health and safety legislation reform
Public submissions in response to the Interim Report of the Ministerial Review of the State Industrial Relations System are published below. Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union WA Branch Australian Mines and Metals Association Australian Services Union - WA Branch Chamber of Commerce and...
Ministerial Review
The Machinery of Government reforms, announced by the Government in 2017, resulted in the merging of the bulk of the Department of Commerce with the Department of Mining and Petroleum to create the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. The new Department of Mines, Industry Regulation...
Structure
The Interim Report of the Ministerial Review of the State Industrial Relations System was published on 20 March 2018. The Interim Report was republished on 20 April 2018 to make a correction to an error in paragraph [1265] on page 427. The Interim Report...
Ministerial Review
In May 2016, the Training Accreditation Council conducted the Strategic Industry Audit into Units of Competency that lead to High Risk Work Licences in Western Australia (the audit). Introduction The audit included: advice that the training and assessment for a High Risk Work Licence (HRWL) are not...
High risk work licence
The State Law Publisher provides an electronic copy of the Act and regulations . The State Law Publisher progressively amends its documents to include any legislative changes. This usually occurs a week or two from the time the amendments appear in the Government Gazette. You may download or print...
Legislation, codes and guidance materials
The Ministerial Advisory Panel (MAP) has decided on its procedures, and will meet fortnightly to develop drafting instructions for a modernised Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act in Western Australia. The National Model WHS Act , of 2016, developed by Safe Work Australia , will be considered in...
Work health and safety legislation reform
Terms of Reference Terms of Reference for the Ministerial Review of the State industrial relations system The Ministerial Review was undertaken by Mr Mark Ritter SC. Assisting him was Mr Stephen Price MLA. Mr Mark Ritter SC Mr Ritter is an experienced and well respected local barrister who was...
Ministerial Review
A total of 65 initial submissions to the Ministerial Review were received. Written submissions are published below unless the organisation or individual making the submission requested it remain confidential. There are 51 public submissions. 14 confidential submissions were also received by the...
Ministerial Review
WorkSafe provides specific work-related injury and disease data categorised by industry as well as statistical information covering a range of key statistics specifically for Western Australian workplaces. Key OSH statistics Use this document to research statistics on key occupational safety and...
Incident statistics

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The Construction Industry Safety Advisory Committee (CISAC), a tripartite committee of the Western Australian Commission for Occupational Safety and Health, has been made aware of alleged non-...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
08 Mar 2019
The department's annual report for 2017-2018 presents information on its statutory compliance, financial, non-financial and operational performance, in accordance with the requirements of the...
Corporate
Reports
08 Nov 2019
The following checklist is a step-by-step approach designed to be used when employees are located at a new workstation or whenever their tasks change. When setting up the position of this furniture...
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
13 Dec 2018
People who work in the field of home and community health care face unique challenges in managing work health and safety. An increased demand for services that allow people to stay in their own homes...
WorkSafe
Checklist
13 Dec 2018
Research in Australia and overseas has found that workers fabricating benchtops from stone can be exposed to levels of respirable crystalline silica (RCS) which are hazardous to their health. The...
WorkSafe
Guidance note
07 Feb 2020
Tremolite asbestos has been identified in the ceramic centre of some Bunsen burner gauze mats in New Zealand and the UK, and preliminary testing has indicated that this may be an issue in gauze mats...
WorkSafe
Alert
06 Dec 2018
Laws prohibit children under 15 working in horse riding schools and equestrian centres If you run or manage a business that is a horse riding or equestrian centre you need to know: 15 years old is...
Labour Relations
Flyers
12 Nov 2018
Minimum pay rates for staff - legal employment obligations of nail salon business owners Owners of nail salon businesses which operate in the state industrial relations system must provide the legal...
Labour Relations
Flyers
12 Nov 2018
WorkSafe reminds painting professionals and other contractors that high pressure water cleaning of asbestos cement material is prohibited. WorkSafe is investigating an incident where a registered...
WorkSafe
Alert
09 Nov 2018
There are serious health risks caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) for workers in the stone benchtop manufacturing, finishing and installation industries. Cumulative exposure to...
WorkSafe
Alert
07 Feb 2020

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A state-wide education campaign over the last two months has focussed on minimum rates of pay and staff entitlements for workers in beauty salons operating in the state industrial relations system. Over 500 businesses across Western Australia were provided with information on the minimum conditions for employees in this industry. Beauty salons in the state industrial relations system are those...
Labour Relations
Department News
09 Sep 2019
WorkSafe will conduct a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues with some of the highest risk pressure vessels in workplaces in WA. The program will continue throughout the 2019/20 financial year, and will focus on some of the State’s highest risk pressure vessels in both metropolitan and regional areas. WorkSafe Director Sally North said the inspection program was being conducted...
WorkSafe
Media release
04 Sep 2019
WorkSafe is conducting a proactive inspection program to look at safety and health issues for workers in WA primary and secondary schools. The program will continue until the end of the 2019/20 financial year, and will include both private and public schools in metropolitan and regional areas of the State. It will expand on a previous inspection program looking at hazards facing cleaners and...
WorkSafe
Media release
03 Sep 2019
Western Australia’s employment of children laws in the Children and Community Services Act 2004 apply to all workplaces including temporary workplaces such as pop up retail outlets, mobile food vans, and amusement rides. If you own or manage a business or stall operating during the Perth Royal Show you need to know: 15 years old is the youngest a child can work on an amusement ride, including...
Labour Relations
Department News
02 Sep 2019
DMIRS Industrial Inspectors have visited a number of café and restaurant business owners in the regional areas in recent weeks requesting employment records to check compliance with state employment laws. The unannounced compliance visits in Lancelin, Jurien Bay, Dongara, Geraldton, Three Springs and Moora focused on café and restaurant business in the state industrial relations system, which are...
Labour Relations
Department News
26 Aug 2019
WorkSafe will conduct a proactive inspection program to look at safety standards and issues in commercial kitchens in various WA workplaces. The program will continue throughout the 2019/20 financial year, and will focus on kitchens located in a range of workplaces including cafés, food courts and accommodation premises in metropolitan and regional areas of the State. WorkSafe Director Sally...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Aug 2019
A proactive inspection program looking at safety issues in WA primary schools has raised concerns over failure to comply with workplace safety laws on hazardous substances. During the inspection program, inspectors looked at safety issues for workers such as cleaners, handypersons and gardeners, and also focused on the management of violence and aggression. WorkSafe Director Sally North said the...
WorkSafe
Media release
15 Aug 2019
Private Sector Labour Relations industrial inspectors have helped employees to recover over $370,000 in unpaid entitlements in the last financial year. Over $300,000 was recovered for employees who lodged a complaint with Private Sector Labour Relations, and nearly $70,000 was recovered as a result of proactive compliance campaigns in targeted industries. Find out more about proactive compliance...
Labour Relations
Department News
12 Aug 2019
A construction company has been fined $38,000 (and ordered to pay $8054 in costs) over the incident in 2017 in which 17-year-old Wesley Ballantine died after he fell through a void in the roof of an internal atrium at the old GPO building in Forrest Place, Perth. Valmont (WA) Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that persons who were not their employees were not exposed to hazards, and was...
WorkSafe
Media release
02 Aug 2019
A proactive inspection program looking at safety issues in fuel retailing outlets across WA has found high levels of awareness in some areas, but also some areas of concern. The program, which included service stations selling all brands of fuel in metropolitan and regional areas of the State, was undertaken because workers were seen to be at risk on a number of fronts. WorkSafe Acting Director...
WorkSafe
Media release
22 Jul 2019

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