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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
The Western Australian Building and Construction Industry Code of Conduct 2016 commenced on 1 January 2017. These Implementation Guidelines have been developed to assist effective workplace management within the building and construction industry that achieves the objectives of the WA Code. Further...
Guidelines
Working holiday and student visa workers have the same entitlements as other employees working in Western Australia. This page outlines where working holiday and student visa workers and their employers can go for help with understanding rights and obligations in WA workplaces. The Department of...
Wageline's services
This information applies to employers and employees in the state industrial relations system . It covers businesses which operate as sole traders, partnerships and unincorporated trust arrangements. This information does not apply to businesses and organisations in the national industrial relations...
Types of employment arrangements
Department of Commerce Rapid adjudication using the Construction Contracts Act Types of employment arrangements Building Management and Works (BMW) Making a complaint about a project managed by Department of Finance Measures BMW have taken to protect sub-contractors and contractors on future...
Information for subcontractors
This page contains Wageline's previous WA Award Summaries. The pay rates in these summaries were effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2015 and ceased to be effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2016. Some allowances listed in the award summaries may have different...
WA pay rates and award summaries
The National Relay Service helps deaf, hearing and/or speech-impaired people to make and receive phone calls. The Department of Commerce uses NRS to ensure our contact numbers are accessible to people who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment. To access a standard, mobile, 1300, or 1900...
Accessibility
Please view the WA award summaries on the WA Award summaries page and and rates of pay for award free employees on the Minimum pay rates for award free employees page .
WA pay rates and award summaries

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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
This checklist assists in determining whether a worker is a sub-contractor or an employee. It is a guide only and is not intended to provide a definitive assessment of the status of the working...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
20 Sep 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
05 Sep 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
16 Aug 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 operating...
WorkSafe
Checklist
16 Aug 2016
In July 2016 asbestos was found in composite roof panels at the new Perth Children’s Hospital. The roof panels were imported from China and classified as “asbestos free”, but testing by a National...
WorkSafe
Alert
09 Sep 2016
This occupational safety and health (OSH) newsletter has been developed to highlight safety risks with asbestos containing materials at workplaces. This newsletter will assist you with understanding...
WorkSafe
Checklist
29 Jul 2016

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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
Wageline receives calls every week about employees' hours of work. Often employers want to know if there is a limit to how many hours they can require their employee to work. The Hours of work page of the Wageline website provides information about reasonable additional hours of work and the factors employers need to consider when asking their employees to work those extra hours.
Labour Relations
Department News
29 Nov 2016
Over the festive season Wageline's opening hours will be: Monday 26 December Closed Tuesday 27 December Closed Wednesday 28 December 10am - 4.30pm Thursday 29 December 8.30am - 4.30pm Friday 30 December 8.30am - 4.30pm Monday 2 January Closed Tuesday 3 January 8.30am - 4.30pm Please contact Wageline on 1300 655 266 with your queries about employment arrangements.
Labour Relations
Alert
15 Dec 2016
WorkSafe has serious concerns with safety in the waste recycling industry after several recent serious incidents. WorkSafe Acting Executive Director Chris Kirwin said today that WorkSafe would continue to focus on the industry in an effort to improve safety standards and prevent further serious incidents. “Recent months have been quite disastrous for the waste recycling industry, with two deaths...
WorkSafe
Media release
25 Nov 2016
When faced with the loss of a family or household member, one of the first considerations is often how much leave an employee can take and whether they will be paid for their period of absence. The question that is often asked by both employees and employers is whether bereavement leave covers all employees and what relationships and situations are covered. Bereavement leave is a minimum...
Labour Relations
Department News
25 Nov 2016
Are you a subcontractor or small builder engaged in the WA building and construction industry? Would you like some useful tips about entering into construction contracts in WA? Do you want to learn more about making sure you get paid or what to do in the event of a dispute? If you answered 'yes' to the above, these training sessions are for you: Getting paid: information sessions on the...
Building Commission
Event
23 Nov 2016
WorkSafe has issued a further warning to carefully check High Risk Work Licences after discovering another falsified licence. WorkSafe WA Acting Executive Director Chris Kirwin said today WorkSafe had recently been alerted to a licence that had been altered to include classes of high risk work for which the owner had not been trained. “In this latest instance, a licence was presented to a Canning...
WorkSafe
Media release
23 Nov 2016
Asbestos Awareness Week 2016 runs from November 21 – 25. Please take this opportunity to ensure your workplace asbestos management systems are up to date, and that workers are aware of these systems. And remember – buildings built before 1990 are likely to contain materials with asbestos content. Follow the links for more information> Checklist for asbestos management Asbestos FAQ Licensing...
WorkSafe
Media release
22 Nov 2016

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