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The Children and Community Services Act 2004 regulates the employment of children under the age of 15 years in Western Australia. T hese child employment laws apply to all Western Australian employers. This includes employers covered by the state industrial relations system and WA awards and...
When children can work
Payment disputes Am I a subcontractor or an employee? An employee is paid according to a relevant award or contract and is supplied with the material and equipment required to do the work. A subcontractor is paid through invoices based on results achieved and will supply their own material and...
Information on the Construction Contracts Act
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...
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
This page contains Wageline's previous WA Award Summaries. The pay rates in these summaries are not the current rates. New pay rates were effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2018 and these are available on the WA award summaries page. The information on this page applies only to...
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 Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety uses NRS to ensure our contact numbers are accessible to people who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment. To access a...
Accessibility
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...
Diseases and health

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This occupational safety and health (OSH) newsletter has been developed to provide information and assistance to workplaces that import plant and equipment or spare parts for plant and equipment. It...
WorkSafe
Checklist
11 Jan 2018
An up to date list of those licenced to perform unrestricted asbestos work in accordance with Part 5 of the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996.
WorkSafe
Directory
03 Apr 2018
Occupational Safety and Health Regulation 5.23 & 5.24 - where no specific health surveillance form is available, Appointed Medical Practitioners should use this form when supervising health...
WorkSafe
Form – notification
14 Dec 2017
Appointed Medical Practitioners should use this form when supervising health surveillance on workers working with inorganic chromium and return the completed form to Occupational Physician, WorkSafe...
WorkSafe
Form – notification
14 Dec 2017
In 2017/18, WorkSafe WA is conducting a proactive inspection campaign focusing on other store based retailing outlets, with a view to improving safety within the industry. The campaign will involve...
WorkSafe
Checklist
27 Nov 2017
Asbestos has recently been found in friction wear plates in the suspension systems of rail carriages. The new rail carriages were purchased between 2007 and 2014 and were imported from China. They...
WorkSafe
Alert
16 Nov 2017
The Coverage of the State industrial relations system information paper provides background information for the Ministerial Review of the State Industrial Relations System. Detail about the...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
07 Feb 2018
In 2014, the former Western Australian Government released a version of the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws (known as the “Green Bill” ) for public comment. 50 submissions were received...
WorkSafe
Information
31 Oct 2017
Industry profiles contains statistical information that relates specifically to Western Australian workplaces, categorised by industry.
WorkSafe
Statistics
14 Nov 2017
On 15 November 2016 Ali Burston and Frank Pansini presented at the WorkSafe and RiskCover Forum. This forum included: case study presentations from guest speakers; WorkSafe WA presenting the results...
WorkSafe
Information
29 Nov 2017

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The Interim Report of the Ministerial Review of the State Industrial Relations System was published on 20 March 2018. The Interim Report outlines the issues arising out of a consideration of the Terms of Reference, stakeholder meetings and submissions to the Review, together with a set of proposed recommendations, for discussion and submissions, and particular issues for which further submissions...
Labour Relations
Department News
20 Mar 2018
Easter has arrived and before the long weekend begins employers should check their employment obligations for the Easter period. The Western Australian public holidays for the 2018 Easter period are: Good Friday - Friday 30 March Easter Monday - Monday 2 April Visit the Easter 2018 public holiday arrangement page for: An overview of the Easter public holiday payment arrangements for state system...
Labour Relations
Department News
28 Mar 2018
The Western Australian public holidays for the 2018 Easter period are: Good Friday - Friday 30 March Easter Monday - Monday 2 April While Easter Saturday is not considered a public holiday in Western Australia, some WA awards require employees to be paid additional rates on this day. To check if this applies to your situation visit the WA award summaries page or alternatively contact Wageline ...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Mar 2018
WA workplaces are being reminded to ensure they have procedures in place to deal with armed holdups and aggressive behaviour. The reminder comes after a number of armed holdups were committed over recent months. WorkSafe Director Sally North said today there were particular concerns for workers in retail premises. “Retail premises that have extended opening hours are most frequently targeted,” Ms...
WorkSafe
Media release
02 Mar 2018
The Wageline Newsletter March edition was sent today to approximately 5,000 subscribers, and has been published on the Wageline website. This edition features information about the upcoming Easter public holidays and what employers need to know about their employment obligations over this period, as well as a range of other critical information for state system employers. Wageline newsletter is...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 Mar 2018
Monday 5 March is the Labour Day public holiday. Employers should be aware of their employment obligations on this public holiday, including public holiday rates of pay. If an employee is covered by a WA award, check the relevant award on the WA award summaries page . Information about public holidays for award free employees is available on the Pay rates for public holidays page or for further...
Labour Relations
Department News
26 Feb 2018
The Easter period is rapidly approaching and it is important to understand the public holiday obligations for Easter. The Western Australian public holidays for the 2018 Easter period are: Good Friday - Friday 30 March Easter Monday - Monday 2 April Visit the Easter 2018 public holiday arrangements page for: An overview of the Easter public holiday payment arrangements for state system employers...
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Feb 2018
WorkSafe is undertaking a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues with scaffolding across the State. The program will continue for the next eight months, and will involve a wide range of workplaces throughout Perth and regional areas of WA. WorkSafe Director Chris Kirwin said today the construction industry had one of the highest number of work-related deaths of all industries, and...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Feb 2018
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety is seeking feedback on a draft code of practice for mentally healthy workplaces for fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers in the resources and construction sectors in Western Australia. The development of this code was in response to the recommendations and findings of the Legislative Assembly Education and Health Standing Committee final report on...
WorkSafe
Department News
16 Feb 2018
Wageline is participating in the Small Business Development Corporation Bizlik event for small business on Thursday 22 March 2018. The attached flyer has details on this free event for small business owners. Bizlink Flyer March 2018
Labour Relations
Event
15 Feb 2018

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