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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 announcement of the development of a modernised Work Health and Safety Act for Western Australia which is based on the national model...
Work health and safety legislation reform
In July 2017 the Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Commerce and Industrial Relations, the Hon Bill Johnston MLA, formed a Ministerial Advisory Panel to advise on the development of a single harmonised and amalgamated Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act. The new WHS laws will cover all workplaces in...
Information sessions and workshops
Public submissions in response to the Interim Report of the Ministerial Review of the State Industrial Relations System are published below. Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union WA Branch Australian Mines and Metals Association Australian Services Union - WA Branch Chamber of Commerce and...
Ministerial review
The Machinery of Government reforms, announced by the Government in 2017, resulted in the merging of the bulk of the Department of Commerce with the Department of Mining and Petroleum to create the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. The new Department of Mines, Industry Regulation...
Structure
The Interim Report of the Ministerial Review of the State Industrial Relations System was published on 20 March 2018. The Interim Report was republished on 20 April 2018 to make a correction to an error in paragraph [1265] on page 427. The Interim Report...
Ministerial review
In May 2016, the Training Accreditation Council conducted the Strategic Industry Audit into Units of Competency that lead to High Risk Work Licences in Western Australia (the audit). Introduction The audit included: advice that the training and assessment for a High Risk Work Licence (HRWL) are not...
High risk work licence
The State Law Publisher provides an electronic copy of the Act and regulations . The State Law Publisher progressively amends its documents to include any legislative changes. This usually occurs a week or two from the time the amendments appear in the Government Gazette. You may download or print...
Legislation, codes and guidance materials
The Ministerial Advisory Panel (MAP) has decided on its procedures, and will meet fortnightly to develop drafting instructions for a modernised Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act in Western Australia. The National Model WHS Act , of 2016, developed by Safe Work Australia , will be considered in...
Work health and safety legislation reform
The Ministerial Review was undertaken by Mr Mark Ritter SC. Assisting him was Mr Stephen Price MLA. Mr Mark Ritter SC Mr Ritter is an experienced and well respected local barrister who was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1985, and the Federal Court and High Court of Australia...
Ministerial Review of the State industrial relations system
A total of 65 initial submissions to the Ministerial Review were received. Written submissions are published below unless the organisation or individual making the submission requested it remain confidential. There are 51 public submissions. 14 confidential submissions were also received by the...
Ministerial Review of the State industrial relations system

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This fact sheet has been prepared by the Department of Health and the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety to provide information and best practice guidance for organisations and...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
20 Jul 2018
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 announcemed the development of a...
WorkSafe
Information
17 Jul 2018
WorkSafe investigated an incident where a worker was exposed to high pressure ammonia refrigerant while working next to a live refrigeration unit. The worker was working from an elevating work...
WorkSafe
Alert
22 Jun 2018
An operator dismounted the reach truck forklift he was driving, while the plant was still moving. He tripped forward towards the ground, breaking his fall by extending both hands out in front. As the...
WorkSafe
Alert
22 Jun 2018
New regulations have come into effect which requires electricity to be switched off before people enter the roof space. To assist workers in notifying homeowners of the new regulations the WorkSafe...
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Information
05 Jul 2018
WorkSafe is investigating an incident with preliminary evidence indicating an employee, who was fatally injured, may have been struck in the head by a 48 inch pipe wrench spanner. The spanner was...
WorkSafe
Alert
31 May 2018
WorkSafe is investigating an incident in which an employee was fatally injured. He was struck by a section of pipe at a wastewater treatment plant during pipe modification works. Preliminary...
WorkSafe
Alert
23 May 2018
The purpose of this Safety Alert is to remind workplaces of the importance of conducting regular service and inspections for vehicle hoists. WorkSafe Western Australia has been inspecting workplaces...
WorkSafe
Alert
23 May 2018
A serious accident at a mechanical workshop involving the ignition of a flammable liquid is currently being investigated by DMIRS. The workshop uses a flammable solvent to clean car components. An...
WorkSafe
Alert
22 May 2018
This fact sheet provides information about lightning and includes duties for employers of outdoor workers and precautions to be taken to reduce the risk of injuries and deaths as a result of...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
18 May 2018

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Wageline continues to be a valuable service for employers and employees in Western Australia. In the last financial year, Wageline had 1.5 million website visits, handled 16,000 calls and responded to nearly 1000 email enquiries from clients. Wageline has both state and national system clients, and helps national system employers and employees understand long service leave entitlements and the...
Labour Relations
Department News
16 Jul 2018
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. The location allowance is varied in accordance with the Consumer Price Index for the cost of living, excluding housing. The location allowance payable for each town has increased and is...
Labour Relations
Department News
03 Jul 2018
The 1 July 2018 pay rates are now available on the Minimum pay rates for award free employees page and the WA award summaries page of the Wageline website. If you are covered by a WA award that does not have a Wageline summary, check the new rates in the award on the WA Industrial Relations Commission website when available or contact Wageline on 1300 655 266. The state minimum wage for award...
Labour Relations
Department News
26 Jun 2018
Today the WA Industrial Relations Commission increased the state minimum wage for adult award free employees and all pay rates in WA awards effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2018. The Commission has awarded a $18 per week increase in the state minimum wage for award free employees, lifting it to $726.90 per week. WA award rates of pay will also increase by $18 per week...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Jun 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
FGS Contracting Pty Ltd and the Director Ryan Wayne Franceschi, were fined today in the Perth Magistrate Court in relation to serious injuries caused to a 17 year old worker in Esperance. FGS Contracting Pty Ltd was fined $225,000 for failure to meet their duty to provide a safe workplace and for failing to ensure the correct high-risk work license. Additionally, Franceschi as the Director was...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 May 2018
Axedale Holdings Pty Ltd, trading as Shaw’s Cartage Contractors, was fined in relation to the deaths of two labourers. The deaths were caused by falling concrete tilt-up panels at a Perth construction site. Axedale, among three parties charged, pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the safety of workers, and that failure causing the death of Joseph McDermott and Gerard Bradley. The fine totalled $...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 May 2018
Building and Energy (formerly EnergySafety) and WorkSafe have issued a reminder on the importance of understanding and avoiding the electrical hazards in roof spaces, with new regulations coming into effect on Monday (14 May 2018). Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron today cautioned homeowners to be mindful of the electrical hazards in roof spaces. “Homeowners may need to access the roof space...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 May 2018
The Anzac Day public holiday is this Wednesday 25 April 2018. Regardless of whether your business is closed on this public holiday you should check you are meeting your employment obligations for this day. For more information about your public holiday obligations visit the Pay rates for public holidays page . Wageline will be closed on Anzac Day and will reopen on Thursday 26 April at 8.30am.
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Apr 2018
The City of Armadale and the former manager of its landfill facility have been fined a total of $59500 plus costs after a member of the public was seriously injured at the landfill site. The City of Armadale pleaded guilty as an employer to failing to ensure the safety and health of a person who was not their employee, and also pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to comply with a Prohibition...
WorkSafe
Media release
20 Apr 2018

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Use Bpoint, the department's authorised payment processor, to make a payment to renew your High Risk Work Licence. You can find the Biller Code and Reference Number from your bill notice for making your payment. Additional information on payment by phone or BPay is also available on your bill notice.
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