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Announcement - Industrial Relations Amendment Act 2005

9 December 2005

This Act has been proclaimed to commence on 9th December 2005 and amends the Industrial Relations Act1996 as follows.

  • enables the Industrial Relations Commission in Court Session to be called the Industrial Court of New South Wales[s.151A]
  • clarifies the Court's jurisdiction to declare void or vary unfair contracts [s.106(2A)]
  • permits applications for prerogative relief to the NSW Court of Appeal in certain circumstances from decisions of the Commission provided that all rights of appeal within the Commission have been exercised [s.179]
  • enables the Commission, in exceptional circumstances, to accept an application alleging an unfair contract made out of time [s.108B(3)].

Action is currently being undertaken to amend forms and references on the Commission's website to reflect the changes, particularly, in relation to the change of name. Until that occurs parties filing documents in the Industrial Court should adapt forms by substituting reference to the Industrial Court of NSWfor the Commission in Court Session wherever occurring.



Industrial Registrar
9 December 2005