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The State Government is undertaking a Ministerial Review of the State industrial relations system to ensure that the system is contemporary, fair and accessible. Media statement The Minister for Commerce and Industrial Relations issued a media statement on 22 September 2017 which is available on...
WA's industrial relations system
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 (WHS) Reform. The Panel is being formed to advise on the development of a single harmonised and...
Work health and safety legislation reform
On Wednesday 12 July the Government announced the development of a modernised Work Health and Safety Bill for Western Australia which is 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...
Work health and safety legislation reform
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The awards recognise outstanding OSH management, solutions and innovation in Western Australian workplaces and are now open for submissions. WorkSafe strongly encourages you to submit an entry for a worthy individual, solution or organisation and would appreciate you informing your colleagues and...
Work Safety Awards
David Hillyard was appointed as Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection in December 2015. Prior to this, he was the Director of Consumer Protection’s Retail and Services Directorate. David has worked with Consumer Protection for over 35 years and has been in senior management roles where most...
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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 December 2016 and January 2017, the Building Commission ran free information sessions for building and construction industry participants relating to the amendments to the Construction Contracts Act 2004 . Key changes began to come into effect from 15 December 2016 with the aim of creating...
Changes and reforms to the Construction Contracts Act
I have heard that adjudication is too costly? While there are costs involved with using adjudication, typically these costs are far less than those involved in commencing court action. Do construction contracts need to be in writing? No. There is no requirement that construction contracts be in...
Subcontractors guide to payment disputes
An adjudicator’s determination is binding on the parties and appeal rights are very limited. The Act provides a right to apply to the State Administrative Tribunal only where the adjudicator dismissed the application for adjudication without making a determination of the dispute. The adjudicator...
Subcontractors guide to payment disputes

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Wageline's making a complaint process - an employee's guide fact sheet provides a publication format version of the information on the Making a complaint about underpayment of wages and entitlements...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
15 Sep 2017
This page provides a PDF version of the latest editions of the Wageline Newsletter. Wageline Newsletter is an email service which updates you on: increases to the state minimum wage and WA award...
Labour Relations
Newsletter
06 Sep 2017
Slips & trips are a serious issue in most workplaces and account for approximately 23.5% of all lost time injuries every year. Use the practical guide, toolbox talk and posters to assist you in...
WorkSafe
Information
24 Aug 2017
Wageline's employee or subcontractor fact sheet provides a publication format version of the information on the Employee or subcontractor page of this website for ease of printing.
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
07 Aug 2017
At the time the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations were developed a national Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) was developed by Safe Work Australia. An examination of that RIS showed that...
WorkSafe
Information
12 Jul 2017
WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch today (16/12/2015) provided information on the current status of the consultation process and development of the Work Health and safety (WHS) laws. “In August...
WorkSafe
Information
12 Jul 2017
EnergySafety and WorkSafe are calling for public comment on proposals to amend the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 and the Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991 to prohibit work on...
WorkSafe
Information
12 Jul 2017
On 16 December 2015, Mr Lex McCulloch the WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner announced the Department of Commerce – WorkSafe Division (WorkSafe) would be undertaking a review of the model Work...
WorkSafe
Information
12 Jul 2017
The public comment period for the Work Health and Safety Regulations for Western Australia Discussion paper ended on 31 August 2016. The Department of Commerce – WorkSafe Division (WorkSafe) is...
WorkSafe
Information
12 Jul 2017
Conciliation is a process whereby parties, with the help of a conciliator, meet to identify issues, develop solutions to the problem and explore ways to reach an agreement. This publication is a...
Building Commission
Information
12 Jul 2017

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Monday 25 September is the Queen's Birthday public holiday in Perth and most of regional Western Australia. Employers in the state industrial relations system can check their employment obligations for this public holiday on the Pay rates for public holidays page or contact Wageline for more information.
Labour Relations
Department News
20 Sep 2017
The Wageline Newsletter September edition has been published. This edition features information about the Perth Royal Show and the information employers need to know when employing temporary staff for this event. Wageline Newsletter is an email service which provides updates on: increase to state minimum wage and WA award rates of pay other changes to key WA awards critical issues employers need...
Labour Relations
Department News
12 Sep 2017
A roofing company has been fined $70,000 (and ordered to pay costs of $1369) after a labourer was seriously injured in a fall through a skylight. Round Table Roofing Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to a person, and was fined in the Fremantle Magistrates Court yesterday. In September 2015, Round Table...
WorkSafe
Media release
05 Sep 2017
The Perth Royal Show is fast approaching and each year the Show provides employment opportunities for many people in a wide range of jobs. Business owners who want to employ children at the Perth Royal Show must abide by the provisions of the Children and Community Services Act 2004 which regulates where, when and at what age children can be employed. These laws apply to children in all...
Labour Relations
Department News
04 Sep 2017
A crane operator and partner in a crane business has been fined $15,000 (and ordered to pay $3,577 in costs) over an incident in which he caused a dogman to suffer electrical burns when he operated the crane too close to power lines. Bradley David Lemmon, as a partner in the firm Mobicrane WA, pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment for employees and was fined in...
WorkSafe
Media release
28 Aug 2017
Premier Mark McGowan on Sunday 27 August 2017 announced an increase of penalties for workplace safety offences to bring Western Australia into line with other states and ensure penalties better reflect the importance of a safe workplace. Media statement
WorkSafe
Alert
28 Aug 2017
Earlier this year the Department conducted a proactive compliance campaign about the employment of children in the fast food industry. Almost 1000 fast food employers across the Perth metropolitan area were provided with an information pack about the employment of children under the Children and Community Services Act 2004 . Information was also sent to the offices of relevant franchise groups...
Labour Relations
Department News
28 Aug 2017
WorkSafe will soon begin a proactive inspection program to look at the management of violence and aggression in residential aged care facilities. Beginning next month, the program will focus on reducing musculoskeletal and psychological injuries due to workplace violence. It will continue over the following six months in metropolitan and regional areas of the State. WorkSafe A/Director Sally...
WorkSafe
Media release
24 Aug 2017
Getting the right employment information from the right people is critical to business success. Wageline often gets calls in which small business owners say – “I had no idea I had to pay that” when Wageline tells them about their employment obligations. Western Australia has two industrial relations systems and a business owner’s employment obligations will depend on which system covers their...
Labour Relations
Department News
21 Aug 2017
A Bunbury demolition company has been fined $4000 (and ordered to pay $1338.50 in costs) for carrying out work for which it did not have the relevant licence. Picton Civil Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to performing Class 1 demolition work without having been issued a Class 1 demolition licence, and was fined in the Bunbury Magistrates Court on Monday. Picton Civil is an earthworks and demolition...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Aug 2017

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