Two different industrial relations systems operate in WA, the state system and the national fair work system. Which system applies to a particular business or organisation and its employees depends on the type of business arrangement under which the employer operates.
Wageline's newly revised Guide to who is in the WA state system provides an overview of which types of business are included in the state industrial relations system and which are in the national system.
It is essential that business owners and employees understand whether the business is covered by the state system or national system, because the two industrial relations systems have different employment rights and obligations.
WA awards cover many employees in the state system and these provide different rates of pay to the national modern awards which cover most employees in the national system. The state minimum wage and state minimum conditions of employment also differ from the national minimum wage and the National Employment Standards.
Read the Guide to who is in the state system