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Feedback sought on draft labour relations Bill
Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien

Business owners have been encouraged to provide feedback on a draft Bill that will reform WA’s industrial relations system.

The Labour Relations Legislation Amendment and Repeal Bill 2012, introduced to State Parliament by Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien in November 2012, proposed significant changes to WA’s industrial relations laws.

West Pilbara Small Business Centre manager Rachel Whiting said a review of the State’s industrial relations laws, resulting in a system aligned with the Federal Fair Work Act, would make understanding the legislation easier for small business owners and managers.

Key changes proposed by the draft Bill include harmonising the State’s unfair dismissal and right of entry laws with the Federal Government’s Fair Work Act 2009, streamlining the structure of the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission, reconciling processes for setting minimum wages and conditions of employment and modernising State private sector awards.

Western Australian Small Business Commission commissioner David Eaton said the changes were significant and the draft Bill was an ideal opportunity for small businesses to put forward their views.

Mr Eaton advised stakeholders to review the changes at www.commerce.wa.gov.au/LabourRelations and submit their comments by the January 31 deadline.