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During July 2017, the Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Commerce and Industrial Relations, the Hon Bill Johnston MLA, sought to establish a Ministerial Advisory Panel (MAP) on Work Health and Safety (WHS) Reform. The Panel is being formed to advise on the development of a single harmonised and...
Work health and safety legislation reform
On Wednesday 12 July the Government announced the development of a modernised Work Health and Safety Bill for Western Australia which is based on the national Work Health and Safety Act. This Bill will replace three acts, the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 , Mines Safety and Inspection Act...
Work health and safety legislation reform
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The awards recognise outstanding OSH management, solutions and innovation in Western Australian workplaces and are now open for submissions. Department of Mines Industry Regulation and Safety strongly encourages you to submit an entry for a worthy individual, solution or organisation and would...
Work Safety Awards
David Hillyard was appointed as Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection in December 2015. Prior to this, he was the Director of Consumer Protection’s Retail and Services Directorate. David has worked with Consumer Protection for over 35 years and has been in senior management roles where most...
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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...
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The purpose of this Safety Alert is to remind workplaces of the importance of conducting regular service and inspections for vehicle hoists. WorkSafe Western Australia has been inspecting workplaces...
WorkSafe
Alert
01 Aug 2018
A serious accident at a mechanical workshop involving the ignition of a flammable liquid is currently being investigated by DMIRS. The workshop uses a flammable solvent to clean car components. An...
WorkSafe
Alert
22 May 2018
This fact sheet provides information about lightning and includes duties for employers of outdoor workers and precautions to be taken to reduce the risk of injuries and deaths as a result of...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
18 May 2018
New legislation will be coming into effect on 14 May 2018 which will require all workers performing work for reward at “domestic-type” premises, turn off all sources of electricity by opening the...
WorkSafe
Guidance note
05 Jul 2018
Tasks carried out by plumbers can increase the risk of musculoskeletal injuries such as sprains and strains due to awkward postures, repetitive actions and excessive force required to lift, carry or...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
19 Jun 2018
WorkSafe
Directory
03 Apr 2018
An organisation chart for the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation, and Safety that provides a detailed picture of the organisation's leadership structure.
Corporate
Information
15 Aug 2018
The Construction Contracts Act 2004 Adjudication activity report for the first half of 2017/2018. This summary report has been prepared by the Building and Energy Division of the Department and is...
Building Commission
Reports
21 Feb 2018
This checklist designed for employees, OSH Representatives or supervisors in the health care industry to assist with investigation of incidents resulting from violence and aggression from clients/...
WorkSafe
Template
12 Feb 2018
Quick stats are snapshots of WA workplace injury and disease hotspots.
WorkSafe
Statistics
24 Jan 2018

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Today the WA Industrial Relations Commission increased the state minimum wage for adult award free employees and all pay rates in WA awards effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2018. The Commission has awarded a $18 per week increase in the state minimum wage for award free employees, lifting it to $726.90 per week. WA award rates of pay will also increase by $18 per week...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Jun 2018
Rand Transport (1986) Pty Ltd was handed a $45,000 fine and a $2900 costs penalty in the Perth Magistrate Court following serious ammonia gas burns to a contract worker. Rand, a cold storage food distributor, pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace where contractors were not exposed to hazards. On 11 December 2014, during the construction of a dividing wall within a...
WorkSafe
Media release
30 May 2018
FGS Contracting Pty Ltd and the Director Ryan Wayne Franceschi, were fined today in the Perth Magistrate Court in relation to serious injuries caused to a 17 year old worker in Esperance. FGS Contracting Pty Ltd was fined $225,000 for failure to meet their duty to provide a safe workplace and for failing to ensure the correct high-risk work license. Additionally, Franceschi as the Director was...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 May 2018
Axedale Holdings Pty Ltd, trading as Shaw’s Cartage Contractors, was fined in relation to the deaths of two labourers. The deaths were caused by falling concrete tilt-up panels at a Perth construction site. Axedale, among three parties charged, pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the safety of workers, and that failure causing the death of Joseph McDermott and Gerard Bradley. The fine totalled $...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 May 2018
Building and Energy (formerly EnergySafety) and WorkSafe have issued a reminder on the importance of understanding and avoiding the electrical hazards in roof spaces, with new regulations coming into effect on Monday (14 May 2018). Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron today cautioned homeowners to be mindful of the electrical hazards in roof spaces. “Homeowners may need to access the roof space...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 May 2018
The Anzac Day public holiday is this Wednesday 25 April 2018. Regardless of whether your business is closed on this public holiday you should check you are meeting your employment obligations for this day. For more information about your public holiday obligations visit the Pay rates for public holidays page . Wageline will be closed on Anzac Day and will reopen on Thursday 26 April at 8.30am.
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Apr 2018
The City of Armadale and the former manager of its landfill facility have been fined a total of $59500 plus costs after a member of the public was seriously injured at the landfill site. The City of Armadale pleaded guilty as an employer to failing to ensure the safety and health of a person who was not their employee, and also pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to comply with a Prohibition...
WorkSafe
Media release
20 Apr 2018
Some regional areas in Western Australia hold the Queen's Birthday public holiday on an alternative date. The dates for these regional areas are now available on the Regional dates for the Queen's Birthday public holiday page . In all other areas the Queen's Birthday public holiday in Western Australia will be held on Monday 24 September 2018.
Labour Relations
Department News
17 Apr 2018
Do casuals get long service leave? What happens to an employee's long service leave when I buy a business? How do I calculate long service leave? These are some of the common questions Wageline deals with on a daily basis when asked about long service leave. Long service leave can be complex, especially when you're trying to work out what an employee's entitlement is. But Wageline is here to help...
Labour Relations
Department News
16 Apr 2018
Do you find it difficult to keep up to date with your employment obligations? Wageline has a solution. The Wageline Newsletter is an email service for state system employers that keeps you up to date with any critical issues to do with employment and any key changes to WA state employment laws. Information you need to know will be delivered direct to your inbox making it easier for you to comply...
Labour Relations
Department News
10 Apr 2018

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