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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 rates of pay for award free employees on the Minimum pay rates for award free employees page . Record keeping All state system employers are legally required to keep employment records that detail time worked, leave taken and pay...
WA pay rates and award summaries

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These six templates help small business employers meet their legal obligations for time and record keeping and keep accurate employee leave records. All state system employers are legally required to...
Labour Relations
Template
04 May 2017
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
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

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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
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

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