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The information on this page applies only to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trust arrangements as well as any incorporated association or not for...
Public holiday pay
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 Department of Commerce 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
If the adjudicator has made a determination and payment has not been received within the time specified, then there are two steps that should be taken. The first step is to suspend works on the construction project. Under the Act, a contractor may give notice to the head contractor (or principal)...
Subcontractors guide to payment disputes
The adjudicator’s determination is binding on the parties, until the time of a court judgement or arbitration award is made concerning the matter arising under the contract. If neither party initiates court or arbitration proceedings the determination will remain binding. If the determination...
Subcontractors guide to payment disputes
Once you have made an application for adjudication, it may be withdrawn at any time up until the adjudicator makes a determination. If you wish to withdraw the application and cease adjudication, the Act requires that you serve a notice to withdraw on both the adjudicator and the respondent. Where...
Subcontractors guide to payment disputes
Once the adjudicator has received the application and the response the adjudicator has 10 business days to assess the dispute and make a determination. If no response is provided, then the adjudicator has 10 business days from when a response would have been due. The adjudicator must decide to...
Subcontractors guide to payment disputes
Once an application for adjudication has been properly served, the first step will be for the appointor to appoint an adjudicator to determine your dispute. Under the Act, the appointor must appoint an adjudicator within five business days after receiving the application and notify all parties in...
Subcontractors guide to payment disputes

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A builder who engages contractors or directly employs people has obligations to meet safety and health requirements under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (the Act). The Act also sets out...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
16 Mar 2017
Wageline's Long Service Leave in Western Australia fact sheet provides a publication format version of the information on the Long Service Leave page of this website for ease of printing.
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
15 Mar 2017
This checklist applies where any inspection, cleaning, repair, maintenance or alteration of plant is carried out or where the function or condition of plant is impaired to the extent that it presents...
WorkSafe
Checklist
25 Jan 2017
This occupational safety and health (OSH) handout has been developed to assist employers, self-employed persons, persons having control of workplaces and employees working in airport operations and...
WorkSafe
Checklist
16 Jan 2017
Process and time for adjudications under the provisions of the Construction Contracts Act 2004 as amended by the Construction Contracts Amendment Act 2016.
Building Commission
Fact sheet
13 Jan 2017
WorkSafe visited 82 nail salons between 2012 and 2016 to assess hazardous substances compliance. Air monitoring was conducted in a small number of salons. This publication provides information for...
WorkSafe
Information
06 Jan 2017
This occupational safety and health (OSH) newsletter has been developed to provide information and assistance to employers, self-employed persons, persons having control of workplaces and employees...
WorkSafe
Checklist
03 Jan 2017
This guidance note applies to all workplaces in Western Australia covered by the OSH Act. It provides guidance for employers and workers on minimising the exposure to underground asset strikes and...
WorkSafe
Guidance note
20 Dec 2016
In recent years, two people have died as a result of crush injuries from falling trailer ramps. The trailer ramps were operated by a sealed hydraulic system. In both incidents, the ramps had earlier...
WorkSafe
Alert
25 Nov 2016
This form is to be used as part of the process of making a complaint to Wageline at the Department of Commerce about alleged underpayment of a long service leave entitlement by an employer. Details...
Labour Relations
Form – application
30 Nov 2016

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A Perth doctor has been ordered to pay a penalty of $4000 plus disbursements for obstructing an investigation into whether he correctly paid one of his workers. The Industrial Magistrates Court ordered the penalties against Dr Patrick Nugawela in a default judgment last month after finding he had obstructed an industrial inspector from the Department of Commerce. Dr Nugawela failed to provide...
Labour Relations
Media release
20 Mar 2017
The fast food industry is a major employer of young workers. The Department of Commerce is currently undertaking a proactive compliance campaign in the fast food industry across the Perth metropolitan area to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Children and Community Services Act 2004 which regulates the employment of children under the age of 15 years. All employers in Western Australia...
Labour Relations
Department News
21 Mar 2017
The Western Australian public holidays for the 2017 Easter period are: Good Friday - Friday 14 April 2017 Easter Monday - Monday 17 April 2017 Visit the Easter 2017 public holiday arrangements page for: An overview of the Easter public holiday payment arrangements for state system employers and employees Detailed information on public holiday arrangements for State system award free employees...
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Mar 2017
Wageline is participating in the Small Business Development Corporation Bizlinks event for small business on Wednesday 29 March 2017. The attached flyer has details on this free event for small business owners.
Labour Relations
Event
03 Mar 2017
Monday 6 March is the Labour Day public holiday. Employers should be aware of their obligations on this public holiday, including public holiday pay rates. If an employer is covered by a WA award, check the relevant award on the WA award summaries page of our website. Information about public holidays for award free employers is available on the Pay rates for public holidays page of our website...
Labour Relations
Department News
28 Feb 2017
An employee has been fined $11,000 (and ordered to pay $1745 in costs) over the death of a fellow worker at a hay baling workplace at Narrogin in 2013. Thomas William Lewis pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care for the safety of another person and, by that failure, causing the person’s death, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court today. At the time of the death, Mr Lewis and...
WorkSafe
Media release
20 Feb 2017
Two different industrial relations systems operate in WA, the state system and the national fair work system. Which system applies to a particular business or organisation and its employees depends on the type of business arrangement under which the employer operates. Wageline's newly revised Guide to who is in the WA state system provides an overview of which types of business are included in...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Feb 2017
The Wageline Newsletter provides employment information direct to your inbox and helps employers stay informed about critical issues employers need to know to comply with state employment law. The Newsletter will also update you on increases to the state minimum wage, WA award rates of pay and other changes to key WA awards. To subscribe to the Wageline Newsletter visit the Wageline Newsletter...
Labour Relations
Department News
07 Feb 2017
An employee of an Attadale car dealership has been fined $9500.00 (and ordered to pay $12,052.75 in costs) over the death of a fellow worker at the dealership in 2013. Leslie Taylor was found guilty of failing to take reasonable care not to adversely affect another person and, by that failure, causing the death of that person, and was fined in the Fremantle Magistrates Court today. Mr Taylor was...
WorkSafe
Media release
25 Jan 2017
WorkSafe will soon begin a proactive inspection program to look at safety and health issues in airport operations and other support services to air transport. The areas being looked at as part of the program include baggage handling, airport terminal operations, aircraft support services, air passenger transport services and air freight transport services. WorkSafe A/Director Sally North said...
WorkSafe
Media release
20 Jan 2017

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