Industrial Relations Changes Imminent

Industrial Relations Changes Imminent

Western Australia Minister for Commerce Bill Marmion

Amendola Review Released

Victor P Taffa

Western Australia’s Industrial Relations Commission will be streamlined under recommendations by the review of the State’s industrial relations system undertaken by lawyer Steven Amendola.

The review was released today by Commerce Minister Bill Marmion.

The Amendola Review makes 193 recommendations for reform of the Western Australian industrial relations system. The State System applies to up to 30 % of Western Australian employees, mainly employed in unincorporated Small Business and the Public Sector.

“The Government initiated a review of the State industrial relations system to achieve the most productive, fair and flexible industrial relations system possible for Western Australian businesses and workers.” Mr. Marmion said.


“The current system is outdated and does not adequately reflect the needs of Small Business and the Public Sector.”

The Minister said the State Government would be implementing a range of recommendations from the Amendola Review.

“A major recommendation we will adopt is to retain and streamline the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission.” Mr. Marmion said.

“In taking this and other important reforms from the report forward, the Government will engage with stakeholders, including employer groups, particularly those representing Small Business, Public Sector Agencies and Unions.”

The Government Plans to introduce legislation to State Parliament in the second half of 2011.