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.


A ceremonial sitting of all of the members of the WA Industrial Relations Commission was held on Thursday 24 March 2016 at 10.30 am to formally welcome two new commissioners. Commissioner Toni Emmanuel previously was the principal solicitor of the independent not-for-profit Employment Law Centre of Western Australia where she has worked for the past nine years. Commissioner Damian Matthews has been a barrister and solicitor at the State Solicitor’s Office for 23 years.

Transcript of the proceedings is available here.

Latest News

Not for profit organisation held not to be a trading corporation Tuesday, 22 March 2016 The Commission today determined that a not for profit organisation is not a trading corporation.  The organisation provides employment assistance for persons with a disability seeking employment referred to them by government.  Click here... More detail
Should enterprise agreements be interpreted by the application of the rules that apply to common law contracts of employment or statutory instruments? Thursday, 10 March 2016 The Acting President delivered a paper at Law Summer School on 26 February 2016 in relation to whether enterprise agreements be interpreted by the application of the rules that apply to common law contracts of employment or statutory instru... More detail
Interim reinstatement orders – s 44(6)(bb)(ii) Industrial Relations Act 1979 Friday, 04 March 2016 The Full Bench determined the principles to apply when considering an application for an interim reinstatement order pursuant to s 44(6)(bb)(ii). The Full Bench rejected the submission that the principles that apply to the granting of 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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