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This guide is intended to help you understand how to resolve contractual payment disputes using the Construction Contracts Act 2004 (the Act) and outlines the process for parties undertaking rapid adjudication and the rights and obligations of parties to contracts for building and construction work...
Subcontractors guide to payment disputes
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
Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety 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...
Information for subcontractors
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 2017 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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Recently WorkSafe became aware that a number of empty sea containers had come into Fremantle port contaminated with raw chrysotile (white asbestos). The friable asbestos was present within the sea...
WorkSafe
Alert
30 May 2017
Oil or fat may need to be drained from free standing or bench-top fryers for filtering, cleaning or disposal. Risk factors associated with draining deep fryers include: burns from either hot oil or...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
31 May 2017
WorkSafe Western Australia is the government agency responsible for regulating WA’s occupational safety and health (OSH) legislation. This fact sheet offers essential information to assist employers...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
29 Jun 2017
Wageline's Record keeping obligations fact sheet provides a publication format version of the information on the Record keeping requirements page of this website for ease of printing.
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
07 Aug 2017
WorkSafe Western Australia is the government agency responsible for regulating WA’s occupational safety and health (OSH) legislation. When incidents occur at workplaces, employers are required to...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
10 Apr 2017
Recently WorkSafe has seen scaffolding where damaged components and unsafe practices were used in the erection of the scaffold. These included broken connection lugs and components secured with wire...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
07 Apr 2017
A checklist for removing non-friable (bonded) asbestos, for both licenced asbestos removalists and for those removing small quantities (less than 10 m2) who do not require a licence.
WorkSafe
Checklist
31 Mar 2017
A builder who engages contractors or directly employs people has obligations to meet safety and health requirements under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (the Act). The Act also sets out...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
16 Mar 2017
Wageline's Long Service Leave in Western Australia fact sheet provides a publication format version of the information on the Long Service Leave page of this website for ease of printing.
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
16 Jan 2018
This checklist applies where any inspection, cleaning, repair, maintenance or alteration of plant is carried out or where the function or condition of plant is impaired to the extent that it presents...
WorkSafe
Checklist
25 Jan 2017

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WorkSafe continues to participate in roadblock exercises, with the latest ones revealing a reasonable level of compliance with fatigue management and related laws. WorkSafe recently participated in two joint roadblock operations undertaken by WA Police and also involving Main Roads WA and the Explosives and Dangerous Goods section of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. The...
WorkSafe
Media release
24 Oct 2017
Since March this year the Department has been conducting a proactive compliance campaign about the employment of children in the fast food industry. The campaign has been aimed at fast food businesses in the Perth metropolitan area and is about educating employers about the employment of children laws under the Children and Community Services Act 2004 . The Department is now extending this...
Labour Relations
Department News
25 Oct 2017
A common misconception about the employment of casual employees is that an employee can be a 'full time casual' or a 'permanent casual.' A casual employee is an employee employed to work on an irregular basis with no expectation of ongoing work. There is no type of employment which is 'full time casual' or 'permanent casual.' Employers need to be aware that if a casual employee is working regular...
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Oct 2017
WorkSafe has begun a proactive inspection program looking at safety issues with cleaners in WA schools. The inspection program will involve inspectors visiting government and non-government primary and secondary schools in Perth and regional areas of the State throughout the remainder of the 2017/18 financial year. WorkSafe Acting Director Sally North said today the inspection program had been...
WorkSafe
Media release
12 Oct 2017
A common question Wageline is asked by both employers and employees is 'which WA award applies?' WA awards are legal documents that cover many businesses and employees in the state industrial relations system and these awards set the minimum pay rates and entitlements for an industry or occupation. Knowing which award covers a particular industry or occupation can sometimes be complex. Wageline...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Oct 2017
The five winners of the prestigious 2017 Work Safety Awards Western Australia were announced this morning. RAC WA, Fremantle Commercial Diving and The Lifting Company, Kimberley Ports Authority, City of Cockburn and Alison Marais are the winners of the Award categories. DMIRS Acting Deputy Director General Safety Simon Ridge said this morning the five winners were examples of the many excellent...
WorkSafe
Media release
06 Oct 2017
Business owners and business advisors need to be aware that all employers must comply with Western Australia's laws on employment of children. The Children and Community Services Act 2004 regulates where, when, and at what age children can be employed. In most industries, children under 15 cannot be employed unless they are working in a family business run by a relative or in a not for profit...
Labour Relations
Department News
02 Oct 2017
Wageline often receives calls about the requirements for paying out annual leave when an employee resigns or is terminated. Under the Minimum Conditions of Employment Act 1993 employees who leave their employment lawfully, or who are dismissed by the employer through no fault of their own, must receive payment for all annual leave (including pro rata annual leave) on termination. Under this Act,...
Labour Relations
Department News
28 Sep 2017
A grain cooperative has been fined $37,500 (and ordered to pay $3577 in costs) over insufficient guarding on machinery that lead to a worker sustaining a serious hand injury. Cooperative Bulk Handling Ltd (CBH) pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee, and was fined in the Southern Cross Magistrates Court...
WorkSafe
Media release
26 Sep 2017
Monday 25 September is the Queen's Birthday public holiday in Perth and most of regional Western Australia. Employers in the state industrial relations system can check their employment obligations for this public holiday on the Pay rates for public holidays page or contact Wageline for more information.
Labour Relations
Department News
20 Sep 2017

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