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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...
Changes with significant effect
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
Before selecting a licenced asbestos removalist, you may wish to confirm that the material to be removed contains asbestos. Only a competent person who has appropriate training, knowledge and experience can identify asbestos containing material (ACM) and determine if the ACM is friable or non-...
Asbestos licensing
To obtain a High Risk Work Licence you will need to be trained by a Registered Training Organisation and assessed by a WorkSafe Registered Assessor. This directory lists assessors who are affiliated with a Registered Training Organisation. At the completion of your training and assessment your...
How to become a high risk work registered assessor
In Western Australia certain demolition work must be carried out by a WorkSafe demolition licence holder. There are three types of demolition licence , please ensure you select the right type of licence holder for the work to be carried out. Find a demolition licence holder Search this directory to...
Demolition licence
Inhalation of respirable asbestos fibres may cause diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Risk factors include the dose (number of fibres inhaled), lifetime exposure, fibre type, smoking status and genetics. If the health of a person is at risk as a result of exposure to...
Asbestos
Listed below are the licencing fees for asbestos, demolition, high risk work and high risk work assessors . These fees are current as of 1 July 2016 until 30 June 2017. Please note: No GST is payable on fees. Asbestos Application for restricted asbestos licence : $794 Application for renewal of...
Application forms
Businesses and employers should always conduct a thorough licence check before engaging workers. When selecting a person to do work that requires a High Risk Work Licence, businesses and employers must consider their duties under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 by: satisfying yourself...
High risk work licence
This information has been developed and compiled to assist small business manage safety and health in the workplace. Workplace safety forms Compliance tool for hazardous substances Hazard identification form Job Safety Analysis (JSA) Quick safety quiz for small business Safety Action Plan Toolbox...
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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
A building contractor must notify the BCCMU of a breach or a suspected breach of the BCI Code as soon as practicable, but no later than 48 hours after becoming aware of it.
WA Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit
Form – notification
07 Aug 2017
To advise the BCCMU if any aspect of the Tender preparation was inconsistent with the obligations outlined in paragraph 25 of the BCI Code 2016.
WA Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit
Form – notification
07 Aug 2017
Model clauses which may be used in connection with expressions of interest, requests for tender, purchase orders and subcontracts between a contractor and its subcontractor in circumstances where the...
WA Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit
Guidance note
07 Aug 2017
This checklist has been developed as a tool for Building Contractors to use to assist them with identifying areas where they may not comply with the requirements of the BCI Code.
WA Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit
Guidance note
07 Aug 2017
It is imperative that Government agencies tendering for State Building Works include the obligation to comply with the BCI Code within requests for tender and through the contractual process.
WA Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit
Guidance note
07 Aug 2017
Every Building Contractor who is covered by the BCI Code must have a freedom of association policy in place for the time they remain covered by the BCI Code.
WA Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit
Guidance note
07 Aug 2017
A Head Contractor who enters into a contract for State Building Work exceeding $10 million in value must have a BCI Code compliant WRMP in place prior to commencing work.
WA Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit
Guidance note
07 Aug 2017

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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
Wageline often receives calls from employees who believe they have not been paid the correct wages or entitlements and Wageline advises clients on the process for resolving an underpayment issue. Wageline has developed a new fact sheet about this process which outlines the steps for an employee to follow if they are concerned about underpayment of wages or entitlements. Wageline is able to assist...
Labour Relations
Department News
30 Oct 2017

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