WALGA Employee Relations represents the Local Government sector through WALGA on a number of industrial and human resource issues.  This includes changes to legislation, awards and test cases.

4 Year LGIA Review

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) is required to undertake a 4 year review of all modern awards (including the Local Government Industry Award 2010) in accordance with section 156 of the Fair Work Act 2009.

WALGA Employee Relations has been advocating on behalf of the local government sector during this review and has partnered with other State and Territory Local Government Associations during the review proceedings.

WALGA has advocated on behalf of the Local Government sector in respect of the following issues to this point in the 4 year review process:

  • Cashing out of annual leave;
  • Direction to take annual leave where accrued leave is excessive;
  • District allowance; and
  • Annual leave loading on Termination.

WALGA Employee Relations will continue to seek feedback from the sector, and advocate on their behalf, when further issues arise during the 4 year review process.

Transitional Provisions

To view Transitional provisions submissions and correspondence on the Fair Work Commission website, click here. 

To download Correspondence from the State and Territory Local Government Associations, click here.

Annual Leave

To view Annual Leave submissions and correspondence on the Fair Work Commission website, click here

To download the Submission from the State and Territory Local Government Associations, click here.

2 Year LGIA Review

As part of the two year review of all modern awards, WALGA made submissions to vary the LGIA to ensure that it is relevant and workable for the Local Government sector.

The submissions and evidence that were filed in the Fair Work Commission in relation to this review were the culmination of extension collaboration with all other State and Territory Local Government Associations and consultation with the relevant employee organisations. Representatives of Local Government WALGA Employee Relations appeared in the Fair Work Commission to advocate for variations on behalf of the sector.

To read about the outcome of the variations put forward by WALGA Employee Relations please click here.

Industrial Relations Act 1979 Review

WALGA has provided a composite submission on the Labour Relations Legislation Amendment and Repeal Bill 2012 on behalf of the Local Government sector.

The proposed reforms contained in the Bill would require the WA Industrial Relations Commission to undertake an award modernisation process of the two current State interim awards which impact on WA Local Governments, namely the Local Government Officers’ (Western Australia) Interim Award 2011 and the Municipal Employees (Western Australia) Interim Award. All State Awards will then be reviewed every four years to ensure their continued relevance.

Local Government Workforce Development Group

WALGA Employee Relations meets with their counterparts from the States and Territory Local Government Associations on a regular basis to discuss topical human resources and workforce issues which affect the Local Government Sector. 

This includes issues such as; training and development, workforce planning, industrial/political trends, remuneration and generally sharing experiences from each State and Territory.