Jump to Share article Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Email Share link via email Jump to heading This information resource is for private sector employees in Western Australia. It is general information only and not intended to be a substitute for legal advice. By using the information on this page, you agree to our full disclaimer. There are two systems of employment law in Western Australia: a state system and a national system. While this information resource is suitable for both state system employees and national system employees, it will help you to know which system of employment law you are covered by. If you are unsure, please see our publication: Q&A: State or national for WA employees. Quick Summary You need to take reasonable care when performing your work. If you cause damage to property during your work, your employer usually pays for it unless you have been: negligent (you haven’t shown reasonable care), or engaged in serious or wilful misconduct (you have deliberately breached the terms of your employment). If this is the case, then you may have to pay for the damage you have caused.If you believe you are liable to pay for damage caused, you may look to organise a payment plan with your employer. If your employer accuses you of damage that you did not cause, you can write to your employer explaining your side of the situation. You may be able to make a claim if your employer takes negative action against you for this damage.