Role of Public Sector Labour Relations - what we do

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Premier’s Circular 2017/03 Coordination and Governance of Public Sector Labour Relations provides the Minister responsible for Industrial Relations and the Executive Director of Labour Relations (EDLR) with responsibility for the coordination, governance and consistent management of labour relations in the public sector including the Public Sector Government Wages Policy.

Public Sector Labour Relations (PSLR) is authorised to represent the EDLR and the Minister responsible for Industrial Relations in matters concerning the coordination and governance of public sector labour relations.

Our Role & Authority 

PSLR has delegated authority under the Premier’s Circular 2017/03 Coordination and Governance of Public Sector Labour Relations, to undertake the coordination and governance of all labour relations matters in the public sector including:

  • provide strategic advice on cross-sector and public sector body specific matters to the Minister responsible for Industrial Relations, Economic and Expenditure Reform Committees, Cabinet and/or public sector agencies
  • lead and/or facilitate the negotiation of industrial agreements on behalf of Government by representing public sector bodies in the conduct of negotiations for cross-sector industrial agreements
  • determine its level of involvement in negotiations conducted by a public sector employing authority for a single agency agreement
  • review proposals from public sector bodies to utilise contract for service arrangements for labour relations matters
  • approve proposals from public sector bodies that:
    • do not require approval of the Minister responsible for Industrial Relations;
    • have been endorsed by the relevant portfolio Minister where required;
    • fall within pre-approved parameters for negotiations;
    • are within policy;
    • do not require additional funding; and
    • do not represent a risk to Government through, undermining the integrity of the Government’s policies, financial implications or impacting the capacity of the Government to manage its workforce, including potential jurisdictional issues.
  • manage issues that present a potential risk to the conduct of public sector industrial relations in the State industrial relations jurisdiction
  • develop and issue policy statements and instructions, and circulars to public sector bodies
  • issue general correspondence to Chief Executive Officers on labour relations matters for non-industrial agreement related matters
  • facilitate or assist with general advocacy, representation, and negotiations as appropriate; consult with public sector bodies
  • communicate with parties
  • implement arrangements for facilitating the resolution of disagreements between a public sector body, employees and/or organisations representing employees on labour relations matters; and
  • obtain standing warrants to appear as agent and sign documents for public sector bodies, in proceedings before industrial tribunals
  • PSLR is solely responsible for the management and maintenance of multi-respondent public sector awards

Contact – For Public Sector Agencies Only 

Before contacting a Public Sector Labour Relations Adviser, please note the following:

  • This service is for use by public sector labour relations/human resource management practitioners only. PSLR does not assist public sector employees.
  • Public sector employees should contact their agency's human resource department for advice concerning employment matters.
  • Private sector employers and employees should contact the department's Wageline service.
  • All enquiries concerning human resource management issues, senior executive service (SES) attraction and retention incentives should be directed to the Public Sector Commission

 

Public Sector Labour Relations Advisers: 

Public Sector Portfolio Public Sector Labour Relations Adviser
Agriculture and Regional Development
Animal Resources Authority
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
Veterinary Surgeons' Board
Western Australian Meat Industry Authority
Primary Contact
Jo Sheridan 6552 9425
Secondary Contact
Priscilla Wong 6552 9467
Community Services

Department of Communities
Metropolitan Cemeteries Board

Primary Contact
Jo Sheridan 6552 9425
Secondary Contact
Chris Bretnall 6552 9507
Education
Department of Education
Primary Contact
Sam Dane 6552 9211
Secondary Contact
Lauren MacBride 6552 9301
Environment
Burswood Park Board
Conservation Commission
Department of Biodiveristy, Conservation and Attractions
Department of Water and Environmental Regulation
Forest Products Commission
Keep Australia Beautiful
Swan River Trust
Primary Contact 
Mary Kinsella 6552 9239
Secondary Contact
Lauren MacBride 6552 9301
Finance
Department of Finance
Department of Treasury
Government Employees Superannuation Board (GESB)
Insurance Commission of Western Australia (ICWA)
Primary Contact
Ros Kirwin 6552 9473
Secondary Contact
Chris Bretnall 6552 9507
Fire
Department of Fire and Emergency Services
 
Primary Contact
Bob Heaperman 6552 9442
Secondary Contact
Jo Coates 6552 9542
Governance
Building and Construction Industry Training Fund
Construction Long Service Leave Board
Economic Regulation Authority
Electoral Commission, Western Australia
Governor
Office of the Information Commission
Salaries and Allowance Tribunal
Primary Contact
Priscilla Wong 6552 9467
Secondary Contact
Ros Kirwin 6552 9473
Health
Department of Health
Health and Disability Services Complaints Office
Healthway (The Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation)
Mental Health Commission
Primary Contact
Michelle Gillam 6552 9548
Secondary Contact
Chris Bretnall 6552 9507
 
Industrial Regulation
Department of the Registrar
Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety
WorkCover WA
Primary Contact 
Jo Coates 6552 9542
Secondary Contact
Lauren MacBride 6552 9301
Industry Development
ChemCentre
Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation
Small Business Development Corporation
Primary Contact
Nicole Arys 6552 9519

Secondary Contact
Priscilla Wong 6552 9467

Lands
Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage
Landgate
National Trust
 
Primary Contact
Chris Bretnall 6552 9507
Secondary Contact

Jo Sheridan 6552 9425
Law and Order
Corruption and Crime Commission
Department of Justice
Law Reform Commission of WA
Legal Aid Western Australia
Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
Office of the Ombudsman
WA Police Service
Primary Contact
Carol Pickering 6552 9203
Secondary Contact
Anita McCracken 6251 2139
Public Sector
Commissioner for Children and Young People
Department of Local Government and Communities
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
Equal Opportunity Commission
Office of the Auditor General
Public Sector Commission
Primary Contact
Nicole Arys 6552 9519

Seconda​ry Contact
Priscilla Wong 6552 9467

Recreation
Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
Lotterywest (Lotteries Commission of WA)
VenuesWest (the Western Australian Sports Centre Trust)
Primary Contact
Bob Heaperman 6552 9442
Secondary Contact
Jo Coates 6552 9542
Training
North Metropolitan TAFE
South Metropolitan TAFE
Central Regional TAFE
North Regional TAFE
South Regional TAFE 
Training WA VTEC
Primary Contact
Sam Dane 6552 9211
Secondary Contact
Lauren MacBride 6552 9301
Transport
Department of Transport
Main Roads Western Australia
Public Transport Authority
Primary Contact
Tammie Kerr 6552 9534
Secondary Contact
Nicole Arys 6552 9519

 

 

 

 

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