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The five winners of the prestigious 2017 Work Safety Awards Western Australia were announced this at the Work Safety Awards Breakfast held on 6 October 2017. The awards recognise outstanding OSH management, solutions and innovation in Western Australian workplaces. There are six categories for the...
Work Safety Awards
The Final Report of the Ministerial Review of the State Industrial Relations System, and the State Government's proposed reforms in response to the Review were tabled in State Parliament on 11 April 2019. The Final Report makes a total of 85 recommendations for reform of the State industrial...
Ministerial Review
On Wednesday 12 July the Government announced the development of a modernised Work Health and Safety Bill for Western Australia based on the national Work Health and Safety Act. This Bill will replace three acts, the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 , Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 ;...
Work health and safety legislation reform
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Lanie Chopping is the current Commissioner for Consumer Protection in Western Australia and Acting Executive Director, Consumer Protection (Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety). Prior to being appointed to act in this role from January 2020, Lanie was the head of the Priorities...
About us
The Children and Community Services Act 2004 regulates the employment of children under the age of 15 years in Western Australia. T hese child employment laws apply to all Western Australian employers. This includes employers covered by the state industrial relations system and WA awards and...
When children can work
In Western Australia workers have been killed by lightning, the most recent in 2014 when a backpacker working on a farm at Bruce Rock died after she was struck by lightning. Workers are most at risk working out in the open, on the sea or other waterways or sheltering under trees or other structures...
Environmental factors
The acronym GHS stands for The Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. The system was developed by the United Nations with the intention of harmonising the many different chemical classification systems in use around the world. The GHS provides a classification...
Hazardous substances
Working holiday and student visa workers have the same entitlements as other employees working in Western Australia. This page outlines where working holiday and student visa workers and their employers can go for help with understanding rights and obligations in WA workplaces. Information for...
Getting started
This information applies to employers and employees in the state industrial relations system . It covers businesses which operate as sole traders, partnerships and unincorporated trust arrangements. This information does not apply to businesses and organisations in the national industrial relations...
Types of employment arrangements

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This checklist has been developed to highlight safety issues in fuel retailing and provides information on how to best manage those risks to minimise workplace injuries and comply with occupational...
WorkSafe
Checklist
06 Nov 2018
A concise version of the annual report that provides the reader with a snapshot of the annual report clearly articulating the value created by the department over the financial year.
Corporate
Reports
25 Oct 2018
The positioning of furniture and equipment at a workstation directly impacts your posture. This self-assessment checklist has been produced to assist in setting up your workstation.
WorkSafe
Checklist
23 Oct 2018
Employees standing near traffic along roadways, roundabouts and in parking areas while holding or ‘flapping’ advertising billboards can be exposed to a hazard from moving vehicles. Employees often do...
WorkSafe
Alert
15 Oct 2018
Home and community care service workers are at risk of exposure to work-related violence when working alone in a client’s home. Risks may arise from actions of the client, their carer or others at...
WorkSafe
Alert
12 Oct 2018
WorkSafe is investigating an incident in which a worker suffered serious crush injuries as a result of a large metal sliding gate falling on him. The incident scene is shown in the photograph below...
WorkSafe
Alert
21 Sep 2018
This checklist has been developed to highlight safety issues in child care workplaces and provides information on how to best manage those risks to minimise workplace injuries and comply with...
WorkSafe
Checklist
12 Sep 2018
This checklist has been developed to highlight safety issues for workers in education and provides information on how to best manage those risks to minimise workplace injuries and comply with...
WorkSafe
Checklist
06 Nov 2019
This information is no longer current and is available on the website for historical purposes only. At the time the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations were developed a national Regulation...
WorkSafe
Information
12 Sep 2018
This information is no longer current and is available on the website for historical purposes only. On 16 December 2015, Mr Lex McCulloch the WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner announced the...
WorkSafe
Information
12 Sep 2018

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WorkSafe is conducting a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues for commercial vehicle drivers. The program will continue until the end of the 2019/20 financial year, and will be conducted at road train assembly areas in metropolitan and regional areas of the State. WorkSafe Director Chris Kirwin said today the inspection program was being undertaken as an alternative to larger-...
WorkSafe
Media release
12 Jul 2019
A proactive inspection program undertaken by WorkSafe to look at safety in workplaces where scientific testing takes place has returned encouraging results for the sector. The program involved WorkSafe inspectors visiting workplaces in Perth and regional areas of the State where non-destructive scientific testing including radiographic, ultrasonic, magnetic particle, liquid penetrant,...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 Jul 2019
A proactive inspection program undertaken by WorkSafe to look at safety in workplaces where machinery and equipment is repaired has uncovered concerns with hazardous substances, mobile plant and emergency procedures. The program involved WorkSafe inspectors visiting workplaces where repairs are carried out on items such as agricultural and farm machinery, lawnmowers, outboard motors, pumps and...
WorkSafe
Media release
03 Jul 2019
On 18 June 2019, amendments to the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 (OSH Regulations) were Gazetted. The Occupational Safety and Health Amendment Regulations (No.2) 2019 makes changes to the definition of ‘commercial vehicle’ in regulation 3.130 of the OSH regulations. This brings drivers of all commercial and hire vehicles, including taxis within the scope of the fatigue...
WorkSafe
Alert
02 Jul 2019
WorkSafe is prosecuting four parties over the death of 17-year-old Wesley Ballantine, who fell through a void in the roof of an internal atrium at the old GPO building in Forrest Place during a construction project in 2017. Valmont WA Pty Ltd, the main contractor for one stage of the project, has been charged with failing to ensure that persons who were not their employees were not exposed to...
WorkSafe
Media release
26 Jun 2019
The State minimum wage for award free employees and all pay rates in WA awards increase effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2019. In June the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission awarded a 2.75% increase in the State minimum wage for award free adult employees, lifting it to $746.90 per week. WA award rates of pay were also increased by 2.75%. Junior rates and...
Labour Relations
Department News
24 Jun 2019
Many WA awards require employers to pay an employee working in certain regional towns a location allowance to compensate for the additional cost of living, climatic discomfort, and isolation in these towns. Location allowance is varied annually in accordance with the Consumer Price Index for Perth, excluding housing. The location allowance payable for each town will increase from the first pay...
Labour Relations
Department News
24 Jun 2019
WorkSafe is conducting a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues in glass product manufacturing workplaces across WA. The program will continue until the end of the 2019/20 financial year, and will include glass product manufacturers in metropolitan and regional areas of the State. WorkSafe Director Chris Kirwin said today an inspection program was being undertaken in this area...
WorkSafe
Media release
21 Jun 2019
WorkSafe has been conducting a proactive inspection program to look at safety and health issues in stone benchtop fabricators. The program will be conducted for the remainder of this financial year, and will continue throughout the 2019/20 financial year. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Darren Kavanagh said the inspection program was initiated in response to serious concerns raised in Queensland last...
WorkSafe
Media release
19 Jun 2019
The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission has increased the state minimum wage and all pay rates in WA awards effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2019. The Commission has today awarded a 2.75% increase in the state minimum wage for employees who have reached 21 years of age, lifting it to $746.90 per week. WA award rates of pay will also increase by 2.75%. Junior...
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Jun 2019

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