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AU WA S320




  • 1924-01-01 - (Creation)

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The Department of Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare (DOSHWA) was created on 5 March 1985 and inherited functions from the Health Department of Western Australia and Departments of Mines and Industrial Affairs.

The Department implemented occupational health, safety and welfare policy, provided advice to the Minister, and was responsible for day-to-day administration and enforcement of occupational health and safety legislation. Its corporate objectives were:

  • to ensure a minimum of hazards in the working environment;
  • to minimise risks from hazards in the working environment and to ensure the provision of occupational welfare services in the workplace.

DOSHWA was abolished on 1 October 1996 and replaced by Worksafe WA.

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AU WA A52 - DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL AFFAIRS (1983-11-08 - 1985-03-01)

Administrative history

The name of the Department of Labour and Industry was changed to the Department of Industrial Affairs on 8 November 1983. The new department was responsible for machinery and construction safety and factories and shops. It was also required to plan for the amalgamation of the Department with the Division of Occupational Health (Health Department) and to assist in the creation of the Commission, and later, Department of Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare.

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AU WA A53 - DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR [2] (1920-01-01 - 1973-01-01)

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The Department was established in 1920 with the appointment of a Commissioner for Labour. The portfolio of Minister for Labour was created in 1924 and in 1936 a Secretary for Labour was appointed and the Department became advisory bureau for all government departments (except Railways) in regard to industrial matters affecting government wages and employees.

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AU WA A54 - DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR AND INDUSTRY (1973-01-01 - 1983-11-08)

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The Department was responsible for the administration of the industrial code, apprentices, construction safety, weights and measures, machinery, shops and factories and consumer protection. It also assumed responsibility for the Small Claims Tribunal and the licensing of credit providers in 1975.

Following the 1983 State election, the Division of Industrial Training was transferred to the Department of Employment and Administrative Services, and the Weights and Measures Branch was transferred to the Department of Consumer Affairs.

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Worksafe WA is responsible for the administration of work safety and health laws. To promote and secure the safety and health of persons in the work place, Worksafe WA undertakes a wide range of regulatory activities as well as industry and community awareness programs.

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This record series consists of general administrative files relating to industrial matters and labour relations within Government. The series dates from 1924 when the Department of Labour was established primarily to provide an Industrial Relations service to Government and to Government employees.

The series covers matters relating to union claims, negotiations with Unions on behalf of Government employees, government policies in the industrial relations arena, labour relations (including activities of a regulatory and/or workers' welfare nature).

In 1972 the industrial relations function of the Department of Labour was transferred to the Public Service Board (Agency No. 123). The role of the Department of Labour changed to one of regulation, labour relations and monitoring industrial relations in the private sector. The Department was renamed the Department of Labour and Industry. However, the same file covers continued as Department of Labour until 1976.

Since 1985 the several series of files had been amalgamated within the Department and were considered as one series by Registry staff. These are distinguished on the consignment list by "L" before the number for Department of Labour and Department of Labour and Industry. "PSB (IE)" after the file number refers to Public Service Board Industrial Employees.

From 1904 industrial relations in respect of salaried staff employed under the Public Service Act, was one of the responsibilities of the Public Service Commissioners and later the Public Service Board. This file series, which interlocks with the Department of Labour (later Department of Labour and Industry) appears to represent this function.

(The files in this Record Series include items that were previously listed at the State Records Office at reference: AN 25/7, Accession 1515; AN 25/10, Accession 1772; AN 25/11; Accession 1907; AN 25/12, Accession 3124; AN 25/13, Accession 3125).


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1955-01-01 -

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Range Control Symbol = 12/57 - 283/86

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