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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...
Diseases and health
The National Assessment Instruments (NAIs) for the High Risk Work Licence (HRWL) classes listed below; include a question in relation to the minimum safe distances to be maintained when conducting operations near electric lines. The question in each NAI has a reference to the use of spotters and...
How to become a high risk work registered assessor
As the National Broadband Network (NBN) rolls out and Telstra's existing fixed line networks are disconnected, monitored fire alarms and lift phones must be migrated to the NBN or other technology platforms. Fire alarm and lift phone services that operate over the top of existing fixed-line voice...
Plant and machinery
This information is for people who work for state system employers, including small businesses operating in Western Australia who are sole traders and partnerships. If your employer is a national system employer (eg a Pty Ltd company), visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website for information on your...
The information on this page applies only to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trust arrangements as well as any incorporated associations or not for...
WA pay rates and award summaries
The information on this page applies only to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trust arrangements as well as any incorporated associations or not for...
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This page lists resources related to working with forklifts. Key information resources Guidance note - Working safely with forklifts Forklift safety Reducing the risk Checklist for forklifts Forklift frequently asked questions Important information for forklift operators in Western Australia...
Forklifts
'Cancer' is a term for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control. The term cancer covers a range of different diseases. There are a number of well-known sets of circumstances which have demonstrated the link between some occupational exposures and some types of cancer. The...
Diseases and health

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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
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
29 Jun 2016
Recently a worker at an aquatic centre was exposed to chlorine gas when he attempted to refill an unlabelled 100 litre chemical storage and dosing drum in a plant room at the facility. The storage...
WorkSafe
Alert
09 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
22 Jul 2016
These fact sheets outline the minimum rates of pay for award free employees in the state industrial relations system. The first contains the rates for adult and junior employees who are not...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
30 Jun 2016
A local government organisation held a waste collection day in early 2016, for residents to drop off items such as white goods, E-waste, vehicle batteries, engine oil, tyres and paint. Four workers...
WorkSafe
Alert
24 Jun 2016
The Department of Commerce – WorkSafe Division has released a Discussion Paper on recommendations to amend the model Work Health and Safety Regulations (the WHS regulations) for the Western...
WorkSafe
Information
01 Jun 2016
This publication is a summary of the Food Industry (Food Manufacturing or Processing) Award. This WA Award Summary applies to businesses in the state industrial relations system. It covers businesses...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
28 Feb 2017

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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
Many WA awards require employers to provide payslips to their employees. It is good business practice to provide a payslip as this may help to avoid confusion and disputes if queries arise. The Payslip requirements page provides further information and provides a payslip template to help employers provide payslips to their employees.
Labour Relations
Department News
15 Nov 2016
WorkSafe has introduced a new system that allows the reporting of workplace hazards and incidents and work-related injuries and diseases online. The system allows reports to be made 24 hours a day, seven days a week, removing the need to make a telephone call during business hours. WorkSafe Acting Executive Director Chris Kirwin said today the online service would add a new level of convenience...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 Nov 2016
Notice of termination is an issue about which both employers and employees regularly contact Wageline. There are minimum notice periods required for full time and part time employees based on how long the employee has been employed and the employee's age. Employers commonly ask if a terminated employee must work for all of their notice period. The employer can choose whether they require notice...
Labour Relations
Department News
09 Nov 2016
A proactive inspection program looking at safety issues in powder coating and abrasive blasting in workplaces has found a noticeable improvement in safety practices. The program was conducted over the 2015/16 financial year in metropolitan and regional workplaces where powder coating and abrasive blasting activities were taking place, following on from an earlier inspection program looking at...
WorkSafe
Media release
02 Nov 2016
A WorkSafe proactive inspection program looking at the safe movement of vehicles in manufacturing and wholesale workplaces has confirmed previous concerns in those industries. The inspection program was conducted throughout the 2015/16 financial year in Perth and regional areas of the State, focusing on moving vehicles and their interaction with people at the targeted workplaces. WorkSafe...
WorkSafe
Media release
01 Nov 2016
State system employees are entitled to unpaid parental leave under the National Employment Standards (NES) and also additional unpaid parental leave entitlements from the state Minimum Conditions of Employment Act . For further information visit the Parental Leave page . A common question Wageline receives from employers and employees is - "Can an employee take parental leave at the same time as...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 Nov 2016
The five winners of the prestigious 2016 Work Safety Awards Western Australia were announced this morning. Juniper, Buckby Contracting Pty Ltd, St Stephen’s School, Tony Cannons and Ryan Knight are the winners of the Award categories. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said this morning the five winners were examples of the many excellent workplace innovations and occupational safety and...
WorkSafe
Media release
28 Oct 2016

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