Industrial Magistrates Court of Western Australia


The Industrial Magistrates Court of Western Australia (Industrial Magistrates Court) is a Court of law established pursuant to s 81B of the Industrial Relations Act 1979 (the Act) and constituted by an Industrial Magistrate.

Pursuant to s 81CA of the Act, the Industrial Magistrates Court exercises both “general” and “prosecution” jurisdiction.

The Industrial Magistrates Court’s general jurisdiction is governed by the Magistrates Court (Civil Proceedings) Act 2004 (see s 81CA(2)) and the Industrial Magistrates Courts (General Jurisdiction) Regulations 2005.

When exercising the prosecution jurisdiction, the Industrial Magistrates Court constitutes a Court of summary jurisdiction and the practice and procedure are those provided in the Criminal Procedure Act 2004 and the Criminal Procedure Regulations 2005.

Section 81D of the Act provides for the appointment of a Clerk of the Court and defines powers of the Clerk.

Pre-Trial Conferences and Hearings are generally conducted at the Industrial Magistrates Court in Perth, but in certain circumstances they can be conducted in regional locations upon request.