10 June 2003
the Industrial Relations Commission Registry will commence to allocate
for the conciliation of
unfair dismissal claims
time of filing the application
in respect of the majority of matters arising in the Sydney Metropolitan area.
The new procedures will commence from
1st July 2003.
From that date a number of Members will be diverted each day to undertake conciliations. Each conciliation will be allocated
and matters will be listed across the day at the following times:
9.30am - 10.30am - 12noon - 2.00pm and 3.00pm.
The Commission recognises that a key to the resolution of unfair dismissal claims is the timely listing of such matters to enable early identification of issues between the parties and appropriate guidance and directions by Members of the Commission to facilitate resolution of the matter.
There will be a standard time of
from filing to first listing for the majority of matters filed involving a claim in respect of a workplace within the Sydney metropolitan area. In respect of
these will be listed as soon as possible. Where it appears to the Commission that there will be some delay in listing the first conciliation hearing Members will consider conducting a telephone conference between the parties.
The new system will be piloted for the period 1st July 2003 until the commencement of the law vacation on 19th December 2003. The Commission will be seeking regular feedback from clients during that period as well as conducting an internal assessment of procedures. The Commission acknowledges that the alteration to procedures will have an impact on practitioners, industrial agents and other agents. Feedback may be forwarded to the
to the address below or by email to
It is proposed to issue a Practice Direction effective from the commencement of the new procedures to ensure that unfair dismissal proceedings are conducted before the Commission in an efficient and expeditious manner.
For more information see
Practice Direction 11