Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission

The 2017 State Wage Case

Procedural history

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.

Call for submissions

The application (Application No. 1 of 2017) was created on the Commission’s own motion on 4th January 2017.  The Registrar will publish a Notice in newspapers calling for submissions. The Notice will be able to be viewed on the Commission’s website.

The hearing

The Commission in Court Session heard oral submissions from the Minister for Commerce and Industrial Relations, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA, UnionsWA and WA Council of Social Service on 18 May and 8 June 2017, and  issued its decision on 14 June 2017. Proceedings can be viewed here. Transcripts of the hearing will be available here.

Availability of submissions

Written submissions of those who appear, along with those of interested persons or organisations, will be available here.

Who will be covered by the 2017 State Wage Case General Order?

The General Order will apply to those employers and employees covered by the WA industrial relations system. A list of those Awards that will be affected can be found here. To find out if you are covered by one of these Awards, or for further information on your employment conditions please contact Wageline on 1300 655 266. There is more information about the coverage of the State industrial relations system here.

Documents online

Documents relating to the 2017 State Wage Case will be able to be accessed from the menus at the top of this page.


Contact Us

Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission
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111 St Georges Terrace

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

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Email : Registry


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