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This page provides information for Western Australian public sector employers to help manage workforce issues as a consequence of COVID-19 coronavirus.
Coronavirus information for the Public Sector
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
The public comment period on the Work Health and Safety Regulations for Western Australia closed on 26 November 2019. All submissions received by the department will be provided to the Minister in order to facilitate his decision in relation to adopting the model WHS regulations in Western...
Work health and safety legislation reform
The department is seeking your comments regarding the regulations that will support the proposed Work Health and Safety Act for Western Australia (WHS Act (WA)) . The following videos have been produced to provide information regarding the consultation process: Work Health and Safety Regulations...
Information sessions and workshops
These terms and conditions of entry apply to all entrants in all categories for the Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards, Western Australia. The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (the Department) will administer the Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards. Entry for the Work...
Work Safety Awards
Due to the unique circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak, the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety will not be conducting the 2020 Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards. The awards will be back in 2021 and we look forward to reviewing your health and safety...
Work Safety Awards
Public Sector CSA Agreement 2019 The Public Sector CSA Agreement 2019 (GA8) was registered in the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) on 4 November 2019. The Agreement commences operation on 4 November 2019 and expires on 12 June 2021. A copy of the Agreement is available on...
Conversion to permanency
Public comment ended 31 August 2018 - THIS DOCUMENT IS NO LONGER CURRENT AND IS AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE FOR HISTORICAL PURPOSES ONLY The Western Australian Government is seeking your comments on the proposals to modernise Western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
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...
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Code of practice - Occupational safety and health in Western Australian public sector Workplace Safety and Health for CEOs Public Sector Safety, Health and Injury Management - Overview Public Sector Safety, Health and Injury Management - Occupational Safety and Health Public Sector Circular...
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Please note this circular has been superseded by Circular 6/2020 – Leave arrangements for COVID-19 Background Many things about COVID-19 (also known as novel coronavirus) and how it will affect the...
Labour Relations
Circulars
24 Mar 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 - January 2020 ThinkSafe...
WorkSafe
Newsletter
07 Feb 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
This guidance is intended to assist local government authorities and amusement structure owners/operators in Western Australia understand their duties under occupational safety and health (OSH) laws...
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
03 Dec 2019
An informative poster outlining the role of a safety and health representative.
WorkSafe
Poster
29 Oct 2019
Public comment period has now closed regarding the regulations that will support the proposed Work Health and Safety Act for Western Australia (WHS Act (WA)). THIS DOCUMENT IS NO LONGER CURRENT AND...
WorkSafe
Information
14 Jan 2020
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
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
On 15 November 2016 Ali Burston and Frank Pansini presented at the WorkSafe and RiskCover Forum. This forum included: case study presentations from guest speakers; WorkSafe WA presenting the results...
WorkSafe
Information
29 Nov 2017

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While the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic is changing rapidly, we remain focussed on delivering our services while adhering to advice from Government to protect the health and safety of our staff and the wider community. The department is planning for a range of scenarios and endeavouring to ensure continuity of service. A number of functions can be performed remotely or by using our online...
Corporate
Department News
23 Mar 2020
Under current legislation, employers are required to provide and maintain, as far as is practicable, a working environment in which their workers are not exposed to health risks. This includes situations where employees and contractors may be at risk of contracting viruses such as the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Employers need to keep up to date with the latest health warnings from the...
WorkSafe
Alert
10 Mar 2020
On Thursday 20 February, the Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 passed through the Legislative Assembly of the Western Australian Parliament. The Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Mines and Petroleum and Industrial Relations said: “I am pleased that the Work Health and Safety Bill has now passed the Legislative Assembly. “The McGowan Government recognises the importance of these reforms and hopes...
WorkSafe
Department News
25 Feb 2020
A circular has been issued for public sector employers on entitlements for employees absent from work because of health advice related to novel coronavirus.
Labour Relations
Department News
04 Feb 2020
Our offices will be closed from Wednesday 25 December 2019 to Wednesday 1 January 2020. Normal services will return on Thursday 2 January 2020. For urgent enquiries please visit our contact page.
Corporate
Department News
04 Dec 2019
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is conducting a stakeholder satisfaction survey to invite feedback on our services and our role as a regulator. The results will help DMIRS focus on business areas and services that need performance improvements. If you subscribe to a DMIRS email newsletter or subscriber news service, you may be contacted by email and invited to take...
Consumer Protection
Department News
29 Apr 2019
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s inaugural Annual Report, tabled in Parliament on 19 September 2018, is now available on the website . The 2017-18 report highlights the department’s key achievements and financial performance for the last financial year and showcases what we do for the community of Western Australia. The report also includes independently audited reports...
Corporate
Department News
25 Oct 2018
The McGowan Government has introduced building regulations to restrict the use of combustible material on building facades of high-risk buildings. The new building regulations prevent the use of performance solutions by restricting the use of combustible cladding to those that can demonstrate compliance under the Building Code of Australia’s (BCA) new verification method. This method also...
Building and Energy
Media release
06 Oct 2018
The posting of racist signs in Pinjin in the Goldfields is resoundingly condemned by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS).
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection / Labour Relations / WorkSafe / Corporate
Media release
03 Jul 2018
Rand Transport (1986) Pty Ltd was handed a $45,000 fine and a $2900 costs penalty in the Perth Magistrate Court following serious ammonia gas burns to a contract worker. Rand, a cold storage food distributor, pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace where contractors were not exposed to hazards. On 11 December 2014, during the construction of a dividing wall within a...
WorkSafe
Media release
30 May 2018

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