This information is only relevant to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system – sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trusts and some incorporated or not for profit organisations. Find out more on the Guide to who is in the WA state system page.
If you operate or are employed by a Pty Ltd business – you can find information on this topic on the Fair Work Ombudsman website.
Unpaid pandemic leave and COVID-19 annual leave flexibilities introduced
New provisions have been implemented through the COVID-19 General Order issued by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission to assist private sector employers and employees address the impacts of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic on their workplaces. These new provisions apply to employers and employees under all WA awards, and are effective from 14 April 2020 and apply until 31 March 2021 (unless extended).
Detailed information on these new provisions is available on the Employment impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus page.
The WA award summaries below have been updated to include these new provisions.
State system COVID-19 JobKeeper provisions now in place
Temporary state system JobKeeper provisions have been introduced for private sector state system employers and employees who are participating in the Commonwealth JobKeeper scheme. These provisions were implemented by the COVID-19 JobKeeper General Order issued by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission on 15 May 2020 and apply from 15 May 2020 until 28 March 2021, unless extended.
The state system JobKeeper provisions allow employers to give certain directions to employees and make certain requests of them, including provisions that allow employers to:
- issue a ‘JobKeeper enabling direction’ to temporarily alter or reduce an employee’s working hours (which may be reduced to nil), change an employee’s duties and change their location of work; and
- request that an employee change their days/times of work.
There are a range of specific rules and requirements about the state system JobKeeper provisions. The State system COVID-19 JobKeeper provisions page has detailed information on the provisions and the rules and requirements.
The WA award summaries on this page have been updated to include the new state system JobKeeper provisions.
WA award summaries
Wageline's WA award summaries provide pay rates and an overview of employment conditions (such as hours of work, penalty rates, overtime rates and leave provisions) for the most commonly used WA awards.
If you don't know if a WA award applies to you or your business, visit the Finding the right pay rate page or contact Wageline to determine the award coverage.
The links to awards on this page are to the relevant Wageline WA award summary which outlines pay rates and major employment conditions only. For information on all award requirements, view the full copy of the relevant WA award on the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission website.
Please note - On 26 June 2020 the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) issued the 2020 State Wage Case decision. The WAIRC decision grants a 1.75% per week increase in the state minimum wage and WA award rates of pay from the first pay period on or after 1 January 2021.
The 2020 WA award summaries on this page reflect the rates of pay that apply from 1 July 2020 and the rates of pay that apply from 1 January 2021.
To view pay rates for previous years visit the Previous WA award summaries - pre 1 July 2020 page.
If your award is not listed here, copies of all WA awards are available on the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission website. Wageline can also provide information on all private sector WA awards - please contact Wageline.
The previous WA award summaries published by Wageline (for 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019) are available on the Previous WA award summaries page.
Check the Minimum pay rates for award free employees page for pay rates if the employee is award free.