The State Government has announced that WA Local Governments (excluding the Shires of Cocos (Keeling) Island and Christmas Island) and Regional Councils (Local Governments) will be required to transition to the State industrial relations (IR) system on 1 January 2023.

A summary of the outstanding steps that are required to be completed before 1 January 2023 can be viewed here.

The transition will impact Local Governments currently operating in the Federal IR system.

Sector Communications – State IR Transition Bulletin

WALGA Employee Relations will be informing the sector on the progress of the transition via the release of key updates and monthly State IR Transition Bulletins and the WALGA website.

View all State IR Transition Bulletins released here.

Resources on the State IR system

View links to all relevant State employment legislation, State awards and State General Orders here.
View links to general publicly available resources on the State employment laws and the State industrial relations system here.

Click here for answers to your Transition FAQs.

Subscribers to the WALGA Employee Relations Service

WALGA Employee Relations has developed resources for subscribers to the service including several factsheets, guides and recorded webinars to assist Local Governments to prepare for the transition to the State IR system.
Subscribers can review the resources here after logging in to the WALGA website.

Background to the State IR Transition

Ministerial Review of the State IR System  
Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Act 2021 (WA)
  • On 25 June 2020, the Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 (IR Bill 2020) was introduced into State Parliament to declare that WA Local Governments are not national system employers and to amend the IR Act and the Minimum Conditions of Employment Act 1993 (WA) (MCE Act).
  • This IR Bill 2020 was not passed before the final sitting day in 2020 and it lapsed.
  • The Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 (WA) (IR Bill 2021) was then introduced into State Parliament on 20 October 2021. It contained similar terms to the IR Bill 2020, particularly in relation to the provisions enabling a declaration to be made that WA Local Governments are not national system employers.
  • The IR Bill 2021 received Royal Assent on 22 December 2021 as Act No. 30 of 2021 and the remaining parts of the IRLA Act were proclaimed on 17 June 2022.
  • The Industrial Relations (General) Regulations 1997 (WA) were subsequently amended to individually name all Local Governments (except the Shires of Cocos (Keeling) and Christmas Islands) and Regional Councils not to be national system employers under the FW Act.   
  • Additional regulations are being drafted, including to name that the ‘relevant day’ for the transition, which will be 1 January 2023.
  • A formal declaration will also be made by the Federal Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations to declare that WA Local Governments are not national system employers.

If you have any questions, please contact WALGA Employee Relations by emailing or calling 1300 366 956.

The employment legislation and instruments which apply in the State industrial relations system are outlined here. 
WALGA Employee Relations will continue to update the sector via the monthly State IR Transition Bulletin.
Find a number of resources assisting subscribers to navigate the State industrial relations transition including webinars, fact sheets, guides and templates.
WALGA Employee Relations reconvened the Sector Reference Group in 2021 to address the propose transition of Local Governments to the State industrial relations system.