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 Public Sector Labour Relations (ED PSLR) 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 ED PSLR 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 
Animal Resources Authority
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority
Western Australian Meat Industry Authority
Lauren MacBride (6552 9301)
Biodiversity and Attractions
Burswood Park Board
Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions
Mary Kinsella (6552 9239)
Community Services

Department of Communities
Metropolitan Cemeteries Board
LotteryWest (Lotteries Commission)

Priscilla Wong (6552 9467)
Department of Education
Department of Training and Workforce Development

North Metropolitan TAFE
South Metropolitan TAFE
Central Regional TAFE
North Regional TAFE
South Regional TAFE 
Training WA VTEC
Sam Dane (6552 9211)
Fire and Emergency
Department of Fire and Emergency Services
Nicole Woolf (6552 9294)
Department of Health 
Health and Disability Services Complaints Office
Mental Health Commission
Michelle Gillam (6552 9548)
Industry, Science and Regulation
Building and Construction Industry Training Fund
Construction Long Service Leave Board
Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation
Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety
Department of Water and Environmental Regulation
Forest Products Commission
Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia
Small Business Development Corporation
Nicole Arys (6552 9519)
Department of Justice
Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services
Emma Csaba (6552 9461)
Planning, Lands and Heritage
Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage
National Trust
Western Australian Planning Commission
Chris Bretnall (6552 9507)
Law and Order
Corruption and Crime Commission
Law Reform Commission 
Legal Aid Western Australia
Legal Practice Board
Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
Office of the Ombudsman
WA Police Service
Carol Pickering (6552 9203)
Local Government, Sport and Culture
Art Gallery of Western Australia
Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
Library Board of WA
Perth Theatre Trust
VenuesWest (Sports Centre Trust)
Western Australian Museum
Anita McCracken (6552 9476)
Public Sector and Government
Commissioner for Children and Young People
Department of Finance
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
Department of the Registrar (WAIRC)
Department of Treasury
Economic Regulation Authority
Equal Opportunity Commission
Government Employees Superannuation Board (GESB)
Insurance Commission of Western Australia (ICWA)
Office of the Auditor General
Office of the Information Commission
Professional Standards Council
Public Sector Commission
Salaries and Allowances Tribunal
Veterinary Surgeon's Board
Western Australian Electoral Commission
WorkCover WA 

Nicole Arys (6552 9519)

Department of Transport
Main Roads Western Australia
Public Transport Authority
Jo Sheridan (6552 9425)



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