Information for Western Australian workplaces

Published 1 February 2021 | Updated 15 February 2021

Historical information – state coronavirus restrictions

The information on this page is historical. This means that the information was accurate as at the date it was last updated.

Get current information and advice on workplace rights and obligations during a sudden lockdown at When workplaces shut quickly because of a lockdown.

Lockdown restrictions have now eased in Western Australia (WA).

Find information here about workplace rights and obligations during coronavirus, including on common workplace topics and where to go for help.

Restrictions in WA 

Most industries and workplaces have reopened in WA. This follows the WA Government issuing temporary coronavirus restrictions (including to shut workplaces) in parts of the state in late January 2021.

Read the WA Government’s roadmap out of restrictions and what new rules apply at WA Government – Transition out of lockdown from 6pm, Friday 5 February external-icon.png.

You can also keep up to date on the latest coronavirus news for WA at WA Government – COVID-19 coronavirus external-icon.png.

Face masks in WA

Understand the rules that apply to face masks in WA at WA Government Department of Health - Face masks external-icon.png.

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Workplaces covered by the WA state system

Some businesses in WA aren’t covered by the national system (the Fair Work system). To find out who is and isn’t covered by the WA state system, go to WA Labour Relations – Guide to who is in the WA state system external-icon.png.

If your workplace is covered by the Western Australia state system, contact WA Labour Relations for advice and assistance on your workplace rights and entitlements: WA Labour Relations – Wageline external-icon.png.

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Returning to the workplace

We have tools and resources to help employers and employees in WA plan their return to the workplace.

Our Returning to the workplace – interactive employer tool helps employers get their businesses back up and running during coronavirus. The tool gives tailored information to employers on:

  • returning to the workplace (including after a temporary shutdown)
  • scaling up operations
  • adapting to workplace changes.

WA Government information concerning COVID Safety Plans, which are required for some businesses, is available at COVID-19 coronavirus: COVID Safety Plans and Guidelines external-icon.png. Before employers and employees return to work, it’s important that businesses have a COVID Safety Plan to keep their workplace safe, healthy and free of coronavirus. Businesses should regularly review the plan, so it stays up to date as restrictions change.

Refer to the information below to help with your planning:

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Workplace information during coronavirus

If your workplace is covered by the Fair Work System, this website has information and advice on workplace rights and entitlements during coronavirus. This includes issues such as:

Use our accordion menu on the homepage to find what you need.

Our virtual assistant, Frankie, can also help answer your workplace questions. You’ll find her in the bottom right corner of your screen.

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Workplace health and safety

You can find general information on workplace health safety at Health and safety in the workplace during coronavirus. This includes guidance on:

Safe Work Australia has industry-specific information for managing workplace health and safety obligations during coronavirus. Get the right advice for your industry at Safe Work Australia – COVID-19 Information for workplaces external-icon.png.

WorkSafe WA also has information and guidance on work health and safety requirements specific to Western Australia. Read the latest advice at Worksafe WA external-icon.png

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Government support and assistance

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment

The Australian Government has introduced a Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment for some workers during coronavirus. It is available to eligible workers in WA. The payment is available to workers who:

  • don’t have appropriate leave entitlements and can’t earn an income because they need to self-isolate or quarantine due to a positive coronavirus case, or
  • are caring for someone with coronavirus.

For more information about the payment, eligibility requirements and how to claim it, visit Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment external-icon.png on Services Australia’s website.

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Contact information

If you have an urgent enquiry about your workplace obligations or entitlements, visit our Contact us page.

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