The Commission is commencing the 2015 Award Review process as prescribed by Section 19 of the Industrial Relations Act 1996.
To facilitate this process the Commission has issued Practice Note No. 13 which provides the procedures for parties to the Award Review process.
For all current awards in the list of awards to be reviewed in 2015, the process that the Registry has followed is:
In brief, Practice Note No. 13 requires the parties to:
[these steps have to be taken at least one week before the call-over date]
[this should occur no later than during the week before the call-over date]
where there are no issues or matters that require attention in respect of the Award the matter will be marked as "Award Reviewed" [proceedings finalised]
where the Award is obsolete the matter will be marked "Award Obsolete" [proceedings finalised]
where there are issues or matters that require attention in respect of the Award such directions as are necessary will be made and the file will be either retained or referred to another Member of the Commission for finalisation.
The Commission expects that all parties to the Award Review Process will comply with Practice Note No. 13 and thereby ensure that at the call-overs any issues are clearly identified to facilitate future proceedings. The principles of the Award Review process have been defined by the Full Bench of the Commission in Principles for Review of Awards - State Decision 1998 and Poultry Industry Preparation (State) Award and Other Awards, Re .James WisemanActing Industrial Registrar