About WorkSafe

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WorkSafe assists the regulator in the administration of the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WHS Act).

The principal objective of the WHS Act is to provide a framework to protect the health, safety and welfare of workers in Western Australian workplaces, and of other people who might be affected by the work.

WorkSafe works to support a safe, fair and responsible future for the Western Australian community, industry and resource sector. The implementation of work health and safety laws was a top priority for the Government of Western Australia and the division. Consistent with this priority, the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 came into effect on 31 March 2022.

Our vision

Healthy and safe workplaces in Western Australia.

Our goal

To reduce work-related fatalities by ten percent and reduce the incidence of serious injuries and illnesses by seven percent.

WorkSafe’s collaborative approach with industry, employers and the workforce is focused on:

  • influencing the commercial environment in Western Australia to ensure the achievement of best health and safety outcomes in the workplace
  • empowering business and community partners to lead in the reduction of workplace hazards and associated risks to health
  • developing a modern, world class regulatory environment
  • enforcing the law
  • strengthening organisational capacity to assist business operators and workers to manage WHS effectively.

Our approach to ensuring workplace participants meet their obligations under the WHS Act is tailored to workplace circumstances and presenting risk. Our model for compliance extends from education, capacity building and preventative measures through enforcement. 

To ensure businesses, employers, workers and organisations are fully aware of their WHS obligations and how to meet them, WorkSafe provides information and guidance in a variety of formats. See Publications, resources and events section.

Identified contraventions of the WHS laws are subject to the application of WorkSafe compliance and enforcement policy. WorkSafe inspectors, appointed by the regulator, may conduct site visits to workplaces in response to an incident, complaint or as part of a targeted proactive or reactive compliance program.

The WHS Act brings together WHS for general industry, mines, petroleum and geothermal energy operations and covers all workplaces.

WorkSafe: The way forward

A high-level three-year rolling strategy to guide WorkSafe’s efforts to influence the industry to reduce work-related fatalities, injuries and illnesses, going beyond day-to-day regulatory activities.

WorkSafe: The way forward

Securing a safe future

WorkSafe’s website has a wide range of  information to assist you in meeting your WHS obligations. In addition WorkSafe has developed interactive training programs including SmartMove, an online educational program for senior high school students and new workers, and fatigue management training for commercial vehicle drivers.

Further information

The global code of integrity for labour inspection

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