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On 22 June 2016, the WA Government appointed Pamela Scott as Chief Commissioner of the WA Industrial Relations Commission.  Her appointment will commence on 27 June 2016 upon the retirement of outgoing Chief Commissioner Tony Beech.

Pamela Scott has been a commissioner since 1994 and acting senior commissioner since 2009.  During this time she has been the public service arbitrator, chaired and served on many complex commission matters, including full bench appeals and the annual State Wage Case hearing.

This is the first female appointment for the position in the history of the Commission.

 Click here to view the Hon Minister Mischin’s announcement of this appointment in the Legislative Council on 23 June 2016.

On 10 June 2016 the WA Industrial Relations Commission issued a decision increasing the WA Minimum Wage by $13.00 per week.  This means that the WA Minimum Wage will increase from $679.90 per week to $692.90 per week from 1 July 2016.  All state award wage rates will also increase by $13.00 per week.  The General Order issued on 14 June 2016.  The Decision and General Order can be found here.

The increase will apply only to employees who are paid the award wage, as any wage paid above the award wage is able to be used to offset the increase. The increase applies to employees and employers who are in the WA industrial relations system. This is mainly businesses which are not companies and WA public servants.

Click here to read the Decision and click here to read the Media Statement.

The State Wage Case is held pursuant to section 50A of the Industrial Relations Act, 1979. This obliges the Commission before 1 July in each year to make a General Order setting the minimum wage under the Minimum Conditions of Employment Act, 1993 for employees over the age of 21, for apprentices and for trainees. The General Order also adjusts rates of wages paid under State awards. More information can be found here.

Submissions and powerpoint presentations can be viewed here.  Proceedings were webcast and can be viewed here.


The Road Freight Tribunal today dismissed the claims made by five owner-drivers that in relation to the request for a tender for the provision of scrap metal cartage services, the hirer engaged in unconscionable conduct and failed to negotiate in good faith. The Tribunal found that in seeking to reduce the cost of transport services, the hirer was simply seeking to act in accordance with its commercial interests. The applicants were in no different position to all of the owner-drivers who were seeking contracts through the tender process.

 The decision can be viewed here.


Chief Commissioner Tony Beech is retiring and will leave the Commission on 13 May 2016, having served for 28 years on the Commission as Commissioner, Senior Commissioner and Chief Commissioner.  A farewell sitting of the Commission will be held on Thursday 12th May 2016 at 10.30 am.

Proceedings of the sitting will be streamed live and will be able to be viewed on the website.

The Full Bench has set out the principles that should apply when exercising the discretion conferred by s 23A of the Industrial Relations Act 1979 when considering whether to order reinstatement of a claimant who has been harshly, oppressively or unfairly dismissed where a relevant circumstance is a claim by the employer that there has been a loss of trust and confidence in the claimant.

The reasons for decision can be read here.

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