Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission

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Welcome to the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission 

 We are an independent quasi-judicial tribunal established under the Industrial Relations Act 1979 to deal with industrial matters in the State of Western Australia by conciliation or, if necessary, arbitration. Our main objectives are to prevent and settle industrial disputes.

The WAIRC will deal with an application providing it has the jurisdiction or power to do so.   Click here for more information about who can apply to the WAIRC.

Online lodgement

You can now lodge documents online, including referring new claims to the Commission.  Click on this link, or click on the Applications and Forms tab above. 

Our new online lodgement system provides access to the Commission’s modernised Forms, in an interactive environment.

If you have any feedback or ideas about our new online lodgement system, please let us know by completing our Contact Form.


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Latest News

Full Bench found truck driver's conduct to be serious misconduct Friday, 27 March 2020 The Full Bench has unanimously dismissed an appeal against a decision of the Road Freight Transport Industry Tribunal (Tribunal) that found that the respondent lawfully terminated a Cartage Agreement (Agreement) with the appellant after the... More detail
Full Bench grants extension of time for appellant lodge appeal and to file appeal books Tuesday, 17 March 2020 The Full Bench has unanimously granted an extension of time for an appellant who filed a Notice of Appeal out of the time limit prescribed by the Industrial Relations Act 1979 (WA) (Act) and had not filed appeal books as required by the Industrial... More detail
Unfair dismissal claim dismissed for lack of jurisdiction as family trusts found to be national system employer Friday, 06 March 2020 The Commission has determined on the papers that it is unable to hear an unfair dismissal claim because the applicant was employed by a national system employer and the Commission does not have jurisdiction to hear the matter. The application... More detail


The Employment Dispute Resolution Act 2008  enables employers or employees to ask a WAIRC Commissioner to mediate any question, dispute, or difficulty that arises between them. It creates a dispute resolution process which is:

            easily accessible...

Mediation By Consent.

You can request mediation as an employee, a group of employees, an employer, a group of employers or an organisation of employees or employers.

Each of the employers and employees involved in the dispute must agree to the Commission acting as mediator.

Key questions and answers on mediation can be found here. 

Written Referral Agreements

Where an employer and employees have a written agreement that the Commission may deal with employment disputes or difficulties, mediation can be requested pursuant to that written agreement.

Key questions and answers on written referral agreements can be found here. 
Examples of wording suitable for a written agreement are set out here.

Mediation Under Commonwealth Enterprise Agreement

Where an employer and employees are party to a federal enterprise agreement, the Commission can provide mediation or other forms of dispute resolution pursuant to that federal enterprise agreement.

Key questions and answers on resolution under the Commonwealth Fair Work Act can be found here. 

Examples of the dispute resolution functions

Examples of the dispute resolution functions are set out here.

How to lodge an application?

An application can be submitted online or by downloading the form, completing it and lodging it at the Registry in person or by post, fax or email attachment.

The Commission is located at Level 17, 111 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA 6000.

Contact numbers are:
Phone: 9420 4444
Facsimile: 9420 4500
Free Call: 1800 624 263
Free Fax: 1800 804 987

The Commission may also deal with matters in suburban locations, country towns and regional locations, or by teleconference or video link.

To lodge applications online - click here.

Contact Us

Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission
17th Floor
111 St Georges Terrace

Phone : (08) 9420 4444
Facsimile : (08) 9420 4500
Free Call : 1800 624 263

Free Fax :1800 804 987

Email : Registry


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