Employee Relations

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Employee Relations Service

WALGA’s Employee Relations Service offers expert human resource management and industrial relations advice to our Local Government members.

As a registered industrial agent under the Industrial Relations Act 1979 (WA), we focus on delivering comprehensive support in industrial and employee relations matters, ensuring compliance and effective management practices.

We understand the complexities of workforce management within Local Government settings and strive to provide tailored solutions to address the unique needs and challenges faced by our Members. 

While we offer guidance and advice in industrial and employee relations, it's important to note that we do not provide legal advice.

Through our Employee Relations Service, WALGA aims to empower Local Governments with the knowledge and resources necessary to navigate Human Resources (HR) and Industrial Relations issues effectively, contributing to better outcomes for both employers and employees alike.

Subscription Service

WALGA offers an exclusive subscription service for WA Local Governments and Regional Councils to access our Employee Relations service. 

Subscribers to this service benefit from:

  • Industrial Advocacy and Representation: Our team provides professional negotiation and representation in industrial matters, ensuring your interests are effectively represented.
  • Employee Relations and Human Resources Advice: We offer expert advice on a wide range of employee relations and HR matters, tailored to the needs of Local Governments and Regional Councils.
  • Template Policies and Procedures: Access a variety of template policies, procedures, and Employee Relations guides to streamline your HR processes and ensure compliance with relevant regulations.
  • Regular Employee Relations Alerts: Stay informed with regular updates on important HR and employee relations issues, keeping you ahead of the curve.
  • Free Access to the WALGA Salary Survey: Subscribers enjoy complimentary access to our comprehensive Salary Survey upon completion.

Enquire now to learn more about how our Employee Relations Service can benefit your organisation. 

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Features of this service

WALGA Employee Relations provides professional negotiation and advocacy services in key forums such as the Fair Work Commission, WA Industrial Relations Commission, and the Equal Opportunity Commission. This comprehensive service covers preparation, presentation, and advocacy representation at conciliation conferences.

Subscribers gain access to expert advice via telephone and email on various employee relations and human resources matters. This includes assistance with enterprise bargaining, award interpretation, disciplinary actions, fitness for work, performance improvement, and the review of documentation to support effective management practices.

Subscribers receive assistance with the negotiation of enterprise agreements and the development of strategic bargaining approaches on a fee-for-service basis. This service proves invaluable, especially during formal negotiations involving employee representatives.

Access a wealth of template policies, procedures, letters, and checklists tailored to Local Governments. Additionally, subscribers benefit from ER guides covering essential topics like the disciplinary process, performance improvement, and COVID-19 FAQs. Specific resources are also available to aid in the potential transition from the Federal to the State industrial relations system.

Stay informed with regular ER Alerts delivered via email, covering a wide range of workplace relations issues relevant to Local Governments. These alerts encompass legislative and award changes, as well as current case updates. Furthermore, WALGA hosts free metro and regional HR Forums annually, providing subscribers with opportunities to engage with presentations on topical issues in the Local Government sector and network with peers.

Northern Territory

WALGA also has a formal agreement with the Local Government Association of the Northern Territory to deliver the Employee Relations service to all NT Local Governments who are members of LGANT. 

Please see the WALGA Employee Relations NT Service Summary.

ER expertise

Our Expertise

With a wealth of expertise in contemporary human resources and industrial relations practices, coupled with an in-depth knowledge of relevant legislation and the intricacies of the Local Government sector, our staff serve as expert representatives for both individual Local Governments and the sector at large.

We offer tailored advice and advocacy to assist Local Governments in navigating complex issues, ensuring compliance with regulations, and achieving their objectives. From facilitating enterprise bargaining to providing guidance on disciplinary matters, our team is dedicated to delivering high-quality support that empowers Local Governments to effectively serve their communities.

To contact the WALGA ER team please call 1300 366 956 (between 8:30am and 4:30pm AWST) or email us by filling out our Contact Us form below.

Salary and Workforce Survey

Salary and Workforce Survey

All Local Governments are eligible to participate in the WALGA Salary and Workforce survey and access the online portal which displays important workforce and remuneration data. More information regarding how to access and the cost of the WALGA Salary and Workforce Survey can be viewed when logged in to the Employee Relations home page.

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