Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Industrial Relations

    McGowan Government welcomes new JobKeeper flexibilities

    18/05/2020 1:30 PM
    • ​WA Industrial Relations Commission's General Order provides temporary workplace flexibilities for State system employers and employees participating in JobKeeper

    The McGowan Government welcomes the new COVID-19 JobKeeper General Order issued last Friday by the WA Industrial Relations Commission. 


    The new General Order allows employers participating in the Commonwealth's JobKeeper scheme to:

    • issue a 'JobKeeper enabling direction' to temporarily alter or reduce an employee's working hours, change an employee's duties and change their location of work; and
    • request that an employee change their days/times of work.

    State system employers using the new provisions must comply with a number of specific requirements set out in the General Order.


    State system employers and employees are those in businesses that operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, and unincorporated trust arrangements. Some not-for-profit bodies and incorporated associations are also covered.


    The new provisions apply immediately, and will be in place until September 28, 2020.


    The WA Industrial Relations Commission issued the COVID-19 JobKeeper General Order in response to an application by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA, which was supported by UnionsWA and the State Government. 


    For more information, visit https://www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/wageline


    Comments attributed to Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston:


    "This General Order will support the practical operation of the JobKeeper scheme in the State industrial relations system.

    "Temporary flexibilities will assist employers and employees, participating in JobKeeper, and address the impacts of COVID-19 on their workplaces and help preserve jobs.

    "The General Order is another great example of unions, business groups and government working together to help small business employers and employees during the pandemic."


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