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Adjudication is a quick, cost effective alternative to going to court or arbitration. While there are specific rules that must be followed, you don’t need to be a legal expert. An application for adjudication is either made to a nominated adjudicator, or to a prescribed appointor. An application...
Subcontractors guide to payment disputes
Once you have submitted a payment claim, one of three things can occur. Either the head contractor (or principal) pays the claim; notifies you they reject or dispute the claim (e.g. by issuing a payment certificate for only part or all of the amount claimed); or fails to pay the claim within the...
Subcontractors guide to payment disputes
The first step in the process, if you have not already done so, is to make a claim for payment under your contract. Most written contracts contain provisions detailing how and when claims for progress payment, final payment or return of security are made, and how the head contractor (or principal)...
Subcontractors guide to payment disputes
The Act applies to all contracts for the carrying out of construction work in Western Australia entered into after 1 January 2005. Construction work is defined in the Act to include the carrying out of most trade work, or supply of goods and services, typically associated with building and...
Subcontractors guide to payment disputes
For anyone working in the construction industry, the Act provides a number of very important protections to ensure fair conduct and cash flow. The Act: Provides that contracts with payment on terms greater than 50 days shall be read as requiring payment within 50 days (be aware that from 3 April...
Subcontractors guide to payment disputes
You have carried out work on a construction project and have not been paid, or the client has refused to pay you the full amount owed. What do you do? It is important to understand that your right to be paid comes from your contract and you need to follow the payment process set out in your...
Subcontractors guide to payment disputes
This guide is intended to help you understand how to resolve contractual payment disputes using the Construction Contracts Act 2004 (the Act) and outlines the process for parties undertaking rapid adjudication and the rights and obligations of parties to contracts for building and construction work...
Subcontractors guide to payment disputes
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 energised electrical installations. Key features of the proposals include: a prohibition on...
Developments in OSH in Western Australia
In Western Australia workers have been killed by lightning, the most recent in 2014 when a backpacker working on a farm at Bruce Rock died after she was struck by lightning. Workers are most at risk working out in the open, on the sea or other waterways or sheltering under trees or other structures...
Environmental factors
The acronym GHS stands for The Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. The system was developed by the United Nations with the intention of harmonising the many different chemical classification systems in use around the world. The GHS provides a classification...
Hazardous substances

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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 wages by an employer. Details of how to use this form are...
Labour Relations
Form – application
29 Nov 2016
An employee was fatally injured when the wooden box he was standing in overbalanced and fell on top of him. The employee had been using the box balanced on the tines of a forklift and raised to a...
WorkSafe
Alert
10 Nov 2016
A person engaged to assist with the day-to-day activities at a septic liquid waste pond facility drowned when he slipped into one of the ponds. On the day of the incident the person was required to...
WorkSafe
Alert
10 Nov 2016
Recently construction workers were exposed to asbestos whilst carrying out renovation work on a multi-storey building. A worker was using an electrical jackhammer to remove old waste pipes from a...
WorkSafe
Alert
07 Nov 2016
These six templates are designed to help small business employers meet their legal obligations for time and record keeping and keep accurate employee leave records. A payslip template is also...
Labour Relations
Template
08 Nov 2016
High Risk Work Licences are not intended to provide employers with an indication of the depth and breadth of experience the candidate has in application of the skill in the workplace. Employers have the duty to provide information, instruction and training to, and supervision of, employees to enable the employees to perform their work in such a manner that they are not exposed to hazards.
WorkSafe
Bulletin
17 Oct 2016
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
22 Nov 2016
Cleaning tasks are common to most workplaces, however tasks such as mopping and vacuuming can increase the risk of musculoskeletal injuries such as sprains and strains due to awkward postures,...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
20 Oct 2016
A farmer was seriously injured when he tried to extinguish a barley grain fire inside a large grain silo. The farmer had climbed the external silo ladder to access the hatch on the roof approximately...
WorkSafe
Alert
04 Oct 2016
State of the build More mobile base stations have been rolled out under the alignment of the State’s Regional Telecommunications Project with the Commonwealth’s Mobile Black Spot Program , with...
Industry Development
Newsletter
01 Nov 2016

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Wageline receives a number of calls each year about employees cashing out their annual leave or long service leave. It is important as an employer to be aware of the circumstances in which leave can be cashed out and the conditions that need to be met before an employee can cash out their leave. The Annual leave page details when cashing out annual leave is possible . The Long service leave page...
Labour Relations
Department News
18 Jan 2017
A Welshpool tyre recycling company has been fined $80,000 (and ordered to pay $2013.00 in costs) over an incident in which a worker’s fingers were amputated by a tyre shredder. Elan Energy Management Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court on Monday. In...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Jan 2017
Currently the Department of Commerce is undertaking a proactive compliance campaign for fruit and vegetable growers in regional Western Australia. This means that selected growers are being required to provide time and wages records to the Department as evidence that correct wages are being paid to employees. Employers in the state industrial relations system are legally required to maintain time...
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Jan 2017
WorkSafe will soon begin a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues in warehouses. The inspection program will involve inspectors visiting warehousing premises of all sizes in Perth and regional areas of the State throughout the remainder of the 2016/17 financial year. The program will focus on premises including bond stores (secure storage facilities), refrigerated storage, wool...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 Jan 2017
WorkSafe has urged workers – particularly those who work outside on a regular basis – to take care to avoid the risk of skin cancer. WorkSafe WA Acting Commissioner Andrea Crichton-Browne said today all precautions should be taken by workers who cannot avoid exposure to the sun in the course of their work. “Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, and at least two in...
WorkSafe
Media release
21 Dec 2016
WorkSafe has issued a warning on guarding against the effects of extreme temperatures in work environments during the summer months. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch today reminded employers and workers of the need to take extra care during the summer months to avoid the risk of heat stress or the more serious heat stroke. “Both working outside in heatwave conditions and exposure to...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Dec 2016
Wageline is regularly asked about the key differences between subcontractors and employees. If a person is engaged as a subcontractor but is legally considered an employee, the person could potentially be owed unpaid entitlements. The Employee or Subcontractor page has information on the differences between an employee and a subcontractor including an Employee or Subcontractor Checklist which is...
Labour Relations
Department News
10 Jan 2017
The summer holidays have arrived and this means school is out for the year. Often during this time children are keen to earn some extra money by getting a job for the summer break. Employers, parents and young workers must be aware that there are restrictions on which types of businesses can employ children under the age of 15 and restrictions on working hours for children that apply during...
Labour Relations
Department News
15 Dec 2016
WorkSafe is reminding employees who work outside to use extreme caution during thunderstorms. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said there were many workers who could be exposed to the hazard of lightning in the course of their employment. “We are all aware of the power of lightning, but most would think they could never be unlucky enough to be struck,” Mr McCulloch said. “The reality is...
WorkSafe
Media release
09 Dec 2016
WorkSafe has issued a reminder to all workplaces to continue to place a high priority on safety in the lead-up to the festive season. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today that both employers and workers needed to pay particular attention to staying safe before and after Christmas. “As we head towards the end of the year and the festive season, it is timely to remind both employers...
WorkSafe
Media release
08 Dec 2016

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