Industrial Relations Policy

Applicable to: This policy is applicable to WA Health Entities.

Description: The Industrial Relations Policy (policy) sets out the requirements for delivering an effective and consistent approach to industrial relations across the WA health system.

Under section 20(1) of the Health Services Act 2016 (WA), the Department CEO is responsible for:

  • managing WA health system-wide industrial relations on behalf of the State, including the negotiation of industrial agreements, and making applications to make or vary awards.
  • establishing the conditions of employment for employees in Health Service Providers in accordance with the requirements of any binding industrial instrument.

In delivering this function, the System Manager is responsible for:

  • complying with the Public Sector Wages Policy Statement
  • consulting with the Government Sector Labour Relations (GSLR) and the Department Treasury, as required
  • operating within the Government Sector Labour Relations Management Framework (Framework)
  • issuing Industrial Relations Directives (IRDs) on matters relating to system-wide industrial relations interpretation and/or application.

The policy aims to ensure consistent interpretation and application of employment conditions, processes and practices, including whole of government requirements.

This policy is a mandatory requirement for Health Service Providers under the Employment Policy Framework pursuant to section 26(2)(l) of the Health Services Act 2016.

This policy is also a mandatory requirement for the Department of Health pursuant to section 29 of the Public Sector Management Act 1994.

Date of effect: 01 July 2016

Policy Framework

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