Find out which industrial relations system covers your employment

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This page helps employees find information about employment rights, including pay rates and leave entitlements. 

You might also like to visit the Checking your pay and getting help with underpayments page and the Employment rights overview page.

Two different industrial relations systems operate in WA, the state system and the national fair work system. The two systems have different employment rights and obligations. Which of these two systems covers a particular employee depends on the type of business structure of the employer.

wa_image_small.jpg  State system

The state system includes businesses and organisations (and their employees) that operate as:

  • sole traders (e.g. Jane Smith trading as Jane’s Café)
  • unincorporated partnerships (e.g. Jane and Bob Smith trading as Jane’s Café)
  • unincorporated trust arrangements (e.g. Jane and Bob Smith as trustees for the Smith Family Trust trading as Jane’s Café)
  • incorporated associations and other not-for-profit organisations that are not trading or financial corporations.

If you are in the state system:

 australia_image_small.jpg National system

The national system covers businesses and organisations (and their employees) that operate as:

  • Pty Ltd businesses that are trading or financial corporations (e.g. Smith Pty Ltd trading as Jane’s Café)
  • incorporated partnerships (e.g. Smith Pty Ltd and Bob Smith trading as Jane's Café) 
  • incorporated trust arrangements (e.g. Smith Pty Ltd as trustee for the Smith Family Trust trading as Jane's Café)
  • incorporated associations and other not-for-profit organisations that are trading or financial corporations.

 If you are in the national system:

  • Visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website for information on your pay, working hours and leave entitlements, except for long service leave or call 13 13 94.
  • Visit the Long service leave section of the website or call Wageline on 1300 655 266.

question_mark_icon.jpg If you are not sure which system covers your work:

  • Contact Wageline on 1300 655 266.
  • Provide the name of the business and ABN and Wageline can assist with a business search over the phone.

 

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