Announcement - Arrangement of business during 2012-13 law vacation

24 December 2012


The Commission published details of the arrangements of business during the 2012 law vacation on 22 November 2012 - those arrangements can be accessed here- the following information is to provide further guidance for clients seeking to access the Commission during the period 24 December 2012 - 2 January 2013.

I have an urgent dispute and the registry is closed - what do I do?

In accordance with normal procedures you should prepare either a Form 4 - Notification to Industrial Registrar of an Industrial Dispute; or a Form 2x - Application s.146B of the IRAct 1996 and then contact the Duty Registry Officer on the Commission's After Hours Number: 0401 142 429 and follow the instructions of that officer.

NSW Industrial Relations Commission Forms

I have an application that is due to be filed by a certain date and the registry is closed on that day - what do I do?


For all but criminal matters, time is reckoned in accordance with the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 2005. Rule 1.11.4 provides that if the last day for doing a thing, or a thing is to be done on a day that the registry is closed the thing may be done on the next day that the registry is open. This means that you can file your application or appeal on the first day that the registry is open.

Parties should also note that there is provision for filing an appeal under Part 7, Chapter 2 of the Industrial Relations Act1996 (public sector promotional or disciplinary appeals) by either facsimile 02 92580058 or email nswirc@justice.nsw.gov.au

I have criminal prosecution that will become statute barred if not filed and the registry is closed - what do I do?

If it is a day that is not a weekend or a public holiday (see s.36 of the Interpretation Act 1987) you should contact the Duty Registry Officer on the Commission's After Hours Number: 0401 142 429 and follow the instructions of that officer.

I have a non-urgent enquiry but I would like to action it before I go on holidays - what do I do?

You can email your enquiry to the Commission nswirc@justice.nsw.gov.au if you are unable to find the information you are looking for on our website. You should remember that, essentially, from 1 January 2010, the Commission only has jurisdiction in relation to public sector and local government employees. For persons employed in the private sector enquiries should be made with the federal tribunal Fair Work Australia or with the Fair Work Ombudsman

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