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The Western Australian Building and Construction Industry Code of Conduct 2016 will apply from 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...
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
On 16 December 2015, Mr Lex McCulloch the WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner announced the Department of Commerce – WorkSafe Division (WorkSafe) would be undertaking a review of the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations for adoption in Western Australia. The key principles of the...
Developments in OSH in Western Australia
The public comment period for the Work Health and Safety Regulations for Western Australia Discussion paper ended on 31 August 2016. The Department of Commerce – WorkSafe Division (WorkSafe) is analysing submissions and will prepare a report for consideration by the Minister for Commerce...
Developments in OSH in Western Australia
Hepatitis B is an infectious disease that is commonly transmitted through blood to blood contact. It is a virus that can slowly damage the liver over many years and is potentially life threatening. What are the signs and symptoms of Hepatitis B? Many people with Hepatitis B are unaware of their...
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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
Mobile plant and vehicle movement is one of WorkSafe’s priority areas as many serious and fatal incidents have occurred in Western Australia. This self-assessment tool is applicable to all industries...
WorkSafe
Checklist
22 Jul 2016
On Wednesday 1 June 2016, the WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner released the Discussion Paper - Work Health and Safety Regulations for Western Australia (the discussion paper) for public...
WorkSafe
Information
19 Jul 2016
This publication provides previous minimum rates of pay for award free employees for the years 2004 to 2015.
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
29 Jun 2016

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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
The Christmas / New Year period is rapidly approaching and it is important to understand public holiday obligations for the festive season. This season’s public holidays are: Christmas Day, Sunday 25 December 2016 / Monday 26 December 2016 Boxing Day, Monday 26 December 2016 / Tuesday 27 December 2016 New Year’s Day, Sunday 1 January 2017 / Monday 2 January 2017 Which day is the public holiday in...
Labour Relations
Alert
16 Dec 2016
WA is now well into cyclone season, and businesses throughout the North-West of the State have been reminded to ensure that contingency plans have been established and are in operation. WorkSafe Acting Executive Director Chris Kirwin said today it was crucial that everyone on sea and on land knew what to do when there was a cyclone in the area. “Under workplace safety and health laws, employers...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Nov 2016
A Bayswater waste recycling company has been fined $85,000 (and ordered to pay $2488.50 in costs) over the death of a worker in September 2013. Resource Recovery Solutions pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment for a labour hire worker and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court yesterday. Resource Recovery Solutions specialises in recycling waste from...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Nov 2016

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