Alert About Award Coverage

On Monday 27 March 2006 the Commonwealth Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) Act 2005 commenced operation and has altered who is covered by Awards of the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission.

Employers and employees should be aware that corporations (foreign, trading and financial corporations formed within Australia) and their employees are likely to now be subject to the CommonweALTh Workplace Relations Act 1996 and as a result, the existing Western Australian Industrial Awards may not apply to them.

On and from 27 March 2006, for corporations or people employed by corporations, Western Australian State Awards may have status in a modified form under the CommonweALTh Act. If you think this may affect you, you should seek professional advice.