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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
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
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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WorkSafe is seeing ongoing non-compliance with wall chasing work, such as: Use of petrol powered saws without local exhaust ventilation (LEV) on-tool, exposing workers to toxic carbon monoxide;...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
13 Jun 2017
Recently WorkSafe became aware that a number of empty sea containers had come into Fremantle port contaminated with raw chrysotile (white asbestos). The friable asbestos was present within the sea...
WorkSafe
Alert
30 May 2017
Oil or fat may need to be drained from free standing or bench-top fryers for filtering, cleaning or disposal. Risk factors associated with draining deep fryers include: burns from either hot oil or...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
31 May 2017
WorkSafe Western Australia is the government agency responsible for regulating WA’s occupational safety and health (OSH) legislation. This fact sheet offers essential information to assist employers...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
29 Jun 2017
Wageline's Record keeping obligations fact sheet provides a publication format version of the information on the Record keeping requirements page of this website for ease of printing.
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
07 Aug 2017
WorkSafe Western Australia is the government agency responsible for regulating WA’s occupational safety and health (OSH) legislation. When incidents occur at workplaces, employers are required to...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
10 Apr 2017
Recently WorkSafe has seen scaffolding where damaged components and unsafe practices were used in the erection of the scaffold. These included broken connection lugs and components secured with wire...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
07 Apr 2017
A checklist for removing non-friable (bonded) asbestos, for both licenced asbestos removalists and for those removing small quantities (less than 10 m2) who do not require a licence.
WorkSafe
Checklist
31 Mar 2017
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
07 Aug 2017

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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
Wageline has launched new versions of its popular leave calculation guides. The annual leave, sick leave and long service leave calculation guides explain and provide examples of how to calculate leave entitlements. These guides are available on the Wageline leave calculation guides page .
Labour Relations
Department News
16 Aug 2017
Long service leave payments can be a hidden cost when buying a business. Small business owners and their accountants need to be aware that when someone purchases a business or part of a business in Western Australia, in most circumstances the new owner will take on the long service leave obligations for existing employees, for the whole period of their employment. This applies regardless of...
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Aug 2017
The new and improved Wageline fact sheets for long service leave and record keeping requirements are now available on the Wageline website. These fact sheets provide critical information that employers and employees need to know about long service leave in Western Australia and record keeping requirements in the state industrial relations system. New employee or subcontractor fact sheet Wageline...
Labour Relations
Department News
07 Aug 2017
In the last few months Wageline has been conducting a proactive campaign highlighting employers' obligations to keep employment records. The response to this campaign has been very positive with employers contacting Wageline for extra information and downloading our record keeping templates which assist small business meet their legal obligations. Keeping employment records is a key business...
Labour Relations
Department News
31 Jul 2017

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