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

Division 4 of the EDR Act also provides a mechanism for parties to an employment dispute whose employment arrangements are covered by the provisions of the Commonwealth Fair Work Act 2009 to seek the services of the Commission to resolve their dispute.


Can the WAIRC provide a dispute resolution process where parties are covered by a Commonwealth enterprise agreement?

Yes, if a party is bound by a Commonwealth enterprise agreement that allows the WAIRC to conduct a dispute resolution process under dispute settlement procedures set out in the agreement, or if there are no dispute resolution procedures in the enterprise agreement and the parties agree to have dispute resolution conducted by the WAIRC.


When an employment dispute arises how do you refer it to the Commission?

Any party to the employment dispute may refer it to the Commission by downloading and completing Form 1 and either lodging at

Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission,
Level 17, 111 St Georges Terrace,
Perth, 6000.

or completing it online.

There is no fee for filing the form.


Can more than one Commissioner mediate?

A single Commissioner will usually do the functions of the Commission, except if the Commonwealth enterprise agreement requires or provides for the parties to request that more than one Commissioner do it and if the Chief Commissioner is of the opinion that it is practical and appropriate.


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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