Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission

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Welcome to the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission 

"Please watch our informative video to find out more information about the Commission, and how we may be able to assist you."


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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.

Latest News

Teacher unfairly dismissed Monday, 25 January 2016 A teacher whose employment was terminated for allegedly assisting Year 3 students in a National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) test and who was alleged to have referred to a student as a ‘little b-tch’ has successfully... More detail
Medical practice held to be trading corporation Friday, 15 January 2016 A claim by a former employee whose salary exceeded the maximum under the Industrial Relations Act that he had been denied a contractual benefit required the Commission to decide whether the employer, the Central Wheatbelt Division of General... More detail
Teacher's dismissal for failing to maintain boundaries with student upheld Tuesday, 03 November 2015 A high school teacher in his 60s was dismissed for failing to maintain professional boundaries with a 16 year old female student. The Commission has dismissed his claim that he was unfairly dismissed.   The Commission found that the teacher... More detail
Full Bench strikes out appeals on grounds of want of jurisdiction Thursday, 10 September 2015 The Full Bench struck out appeals against decisions of the Industrial Magistrate’s Court dismissing claims for annual leave claimed to have accrued under the Minimum Conditions of Employment Act 1993 (WA) and enforceable under s 90 of the... More detail
A director of a company found not to be an employee Tuesday, 04 August 2015 A former director was found not to be an employee of a company, M3 Building & Construction Pty Ltd.   The Commission considered the totality of the relationship between the parties. The director was responsible for the construction side... More detail
Primary School Deputy Principal properly demoted Friday, 17 July 2015 A primary school Deputy Principal has been found to have been properly demoted to Teacher after acting aggressively and inappropriately towards a student umpire, other teachers and parents.  The Deputy Principal got into disputes with a range... More detail
Dispute resolution more important than technicalities Tuesday, 07 July 2015 The State School Teachers’ Union of WA applied to the Commission for an extension of time to file witness statements even though the Union had twice previously decided not to file witness statements when the time limits for filing approached. ... More detail
Building supervisor’s contractual benefits Tuesday, 07 July 2015 A building supervisor employed by a residential construction builder has been partly successful in a claim for progress payments on projects he supervised.  He claimed that he was owed nearly $72,000 in payments, but the Commission found he... More detail
Implied terms considered by the Commission Monday, 29 June 2015 The applicant, a restricted legal practitioner at the time, entered into a detailed written contract of employment with a law firm that had an office in Northam.  The applicant was employed for less than one month as a resident solicitor. Despite... More detail
State Wage Case 2015 Decision and General Order Tuesday, 16 June 2015 The Commission in Court Session’s decision and General Order in the 2015 State Wage Case can be viewed here.  The State Wage Case is held pursuant to section 50A of the Industrial Relations Act, 1979. This obliges the Commission before 1... More detail
Compression of relativities in two awards considered by the Commission Monday, 18 May 2015 The Australian Rail, Tram and Bus Industry Union was unsuccessful today in persuading the Commission to vary the Railway Employees’ Award and the Rail Car Drivers Award. The Union sought to vary the Awards to reflect the actual total percentage... More detail
Negotiations found not to give rise to a variation of a contract Thursday, 23 April 2015 Red Express Pty Ltd, a business which owns and operates trucks, contracted to provide transport services to Toll Transport Pty Ltd.  In October 2009 the parties entered into a standard “Contract Carrier Agreement”, and in late 2010 an ... More detail

Below are a set of videos to guide you through the Commission and explain what we do.


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Contact us

Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission
16th Floor
111 St Georges Terrace

Phone : (08) 9420 4444
Facsimile : (08) 9420 4500
Free Call : 1800 624 263
Free Fax : 1800 804 987

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