Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission

Farewell to the President

On Wednesday, 19 December 2018, the Industrial Relations Amendment Act 2018 came into effect.  This means that there will no longer be a President of the Commission.  The President's role in presiding on the Full Bench of the Commission to hear appeals from decisions of Commissioners and of the Industrial Magistrate's Court and to deal with certain organisations and associations matters will fall to the Chief Commissioner or the Senior Commissioner.  The President's jurisdiction in dealing with other organisations and associations matters will fall to the Chief Commissioner.

A ceremonial sitting of the Commission was convened at 4.00 pm on Thursday, 20 December 2018.  The purposes of the sitting was to:

  • Farewell Acting President, the Hon. J H Smith, who has served in this important role since 2009. (Her Honour's appointment will be extended to enable her to complete part-heard matters.)
  • Recognise the historic occasion of the abolition of this position in the structure of the Commission since it was established nearly 40 years ago.

The members and staff of the Commission thank her Honour for her judicial leadership and her generous, collegial spirit.  We wish her well for the future.  Her Honour continues as a judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia.

A transcript of the ceremonial sitting is available here.

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