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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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Code of practice - Occupational safety and health in Western Australian public sector Workplace Safety and Health for CEOs Public Sector Safety, Health and Injury Management - Overview Public Sector Safety, Health and Injury Management - Occupational Safety and Health Public Sector Circular...
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Below is an outline of the some of the important partnerships that the Industry Development Directorate has established with organisations and agencies for the delivery of economic benefits to Western Australia. Department of Communications and the Arts The Department of Communications and the Arts...
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The Minister for Commerce has responsibility for the ITD Act which is enabling legislation that encourages, promotes, facilitates and assists in the development of industry, trade, science, technology and research in the State. The WA Technology and Industry Advisory Council (TIAC), an advisory...
Key policies and legislation
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
At the time the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations were developed a national Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) was developed by Safe Work Australia. An examination of that RIS showed that it did not contain sufficient Western Australian specific content to demonstrate that there were...
Developments in OSH in Western Australia
The Regional Telecommunications Project is currently underway and will address mobile telephone and data coverage gaps in small communities and at strategic locations in regional Western Australia. Improved telecommunications will: enhance safety and convenience for people living, learning,...
Regional Telecommunications Project
The following are frequently asked questions regarding District Allowance. What is district allowance? District Allowance (DA) is paid to public sector employees as compensation for the disadvantages associated with working in regional Western Australia. Where does district allowance come from?...
Issues and developments
Welcome to the 2016 Safety and Health Workshops. If you are a business owner, employer, manager, supervisor, safety and health representative or an OSH manager, book now for the 2016 Safety and Health Workshops. You will have the opportunity to hear and learn from presenters with a wealth of...
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The public sector is Western Australia’s largest employer with more than 150,000 people and many of its occupations are hazardous. Each year over 5,000 public servants are injured at work. Safety and...
WorkSafe
Information
02 Mar 2017
Industry Development
Reports
29 May 2017
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
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 information is provided to guide local government officers as to WorkSafe’s legislation, guidance and general approach in relation to asbestos. Responses relate to work with asbestos at...
WorkSafe
Information
27 Oct 2014
The WA Pay Equity Audit Tool was developed to assist public sector organisations undertake a pay equity audit.
Labour Relations
Guide / handbook
21 Aug 2015
This document was developed to assist in the investigation of slips, trip and falls in the workplace.
WorkSafe
Checklist
22 May 2014
WorkSafe has produced this document to assist state and local government in identifying the worker safety issues involved with asbestos and highlight the importance of appropriate systems of work and...
WorkSafe
Checklist
22 May 2014
WorkSafe has produced this checklist to assist you in inspecting your workplace in regards to evacuation and first aid. Although the checklists do not cover all the requirements under workplace safety and health laws, they will give you a better idea of whether your workplace meets basic standards of safety. They will also assist in laying the foundation for a safety and health management system at your workplace.
WorkSafe
Checklist
22 May 2014
This checklist covers both requirements for hazardous substances under the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 and general chemical safety.
WorkSafe
Checklist
20 May 2014

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Model clauses for tender documents and contracts have been developed for Funding Entities. Please contact the Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit on 1300 110 232 or bccmu@commerce.wa.gov.au for a copy.
Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit
Department News
23 Jan 2017
Fraudsters posing as CEOs or third-party suppliers have cost Western Australian businesses and not-for-profits at least $500,000 in the last two years, prompting a warning about ‘man in the middle scams’. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said the fraud works in two equally sophisticated ways. “The false boss or CEO scam usually hacks a chief executive officer or senior...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Aug 2016
After fifteen years being based at the Forrest Centre on St Georges Terrace in Perth, Consumer Protection has moved to a new CBD location. The main location is Gordon Stephenson House, 140 William Street Perth with front counter services available on Level 2. The move is in line with the state government's plan to consolidate existing office space for the public service. Consumer Protection’s...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Sep 2014
WorkSafe engaged Marsden Jacob Associates, an independent consulting firm, to undertake a Western Australian specific RIS process on the model WHS Regulations. The outcome of that process was the preparation of a WA RIS. This report and associated supporting documents are available on the WorkSafe website. More information
WorkSafe
Department News
13 Aug 2014
On 12 August 2014, the Minister for Commerce, Hon Michael Mischin MLC announced that a Western Australian version of the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) bill would be introduced shortly into State Parliament. This will be in the form of a green bill, which will be released for a consultation period of three months. More information
WorkSafe
Department News
13 Aug 2014
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