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New maximum salary level for lodging certain claims

As of 1 July 2024, the maximum salary level for lodging certain claims will increase to $195,700. An employee whose contract of employment provides for a salary greater than $195,700 cannot have the Commission decide whether they have been unfairly dismissed or have been denied a benefit to which they are entitled under their contract of employment.

The previous maximum salary level was $187,800.

More information may be found here.

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State Minimum Wage increased by a one off increase of 6.3%

The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission has increased the State Minimum Wage by a one off increase of 6.3%, which brings the State Minimum Wage to $918.60 per week from 1 July 2024. This takes into account the 2.3% increase resulting from the realignment of the C14 to the C13 classification rate in the Metal Trades (General) Award. and the 4.0% general increase. The Commission also increased award rates by 4% from that time.

The increases apply only to employees who are paid the minimum wage or award rates in the State industrial relations system. Approximately 27,000 employers and more than 300,000 employees are estimated to be affected by the decision.  

In making its decision, the Commission is required to consider a broad range of economic and labour market factors, and social and equity considerations.   

The Commission noted that in recent State Wage Cases, the focus had been on cost of living pressures given the high inflationary environment and rising interest rates in tandem with a continuing tight labour market. On this occasion, whilst over the past two years inflation measured by the Consumer Price Index has been very high, and well beyond the RBA target band of 2%-3%, the CPI rate for Perth has significantly eased from its peak of 8.6% in the December quarter 2022, to 4.1% in year end terms for the March quarter 2024. 

While the State economy remains strong, current data and the forecasts for the year ahead, are pointing to some slowing of growth, as continued elevated, although easing, inflation dampens demand and household spending continues to pull back from higher levels over the last two years.

The Reasons for Decision can be found here.

The Supplementary Reasons for Decision can be found here.

The General Order can be found here.

For more information please contact Susan Bastian, Registrar, on (08) 9420 4444. 

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State Wage Case 2024 - Decision - Watch Live

The hearing will reconvene at 12:30 PM (AWST) on Wednesday, 12 June 2024 where the Commission in Court Session will hand down its decision. Watch below or click here.



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Notice of Hearing to rescind Location Allowance General Order 2 of 2023 and issue a new General Order

NOTICE is given that the Commission in Court Session will hear matter CICS 2 of 2024 on Thursday, 6 June 2024 at 2:00 PM (AWST).

This is an application on the Commission's own motion to rescind Location Allowance General Order 2 of 2023 and issue a new Location Allowance General Order pursuant to section 50 of the Industrial Relations Act 1979.

The full Notice can be read here.

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