Announcement : Practice Direction No. 16 - Filing of Documents in Computer Readable Format

12 November 2004

The Commission has released a new Practice Direction in relation to the filing of documents in computer readable format. The new Practice Direction will be published in the Industrial Gazette of 12th November 2004 and take effect from 26th November 2004. Practice Direction 16 will, on taking effect, replace Practice Direction 9.

The purposes of Practice Direction 16 are:

  • to facilitate the processing of matters before the Industrial Relations Commission of New South Wales by providing for, encouraging and requiring that documentation filed in certain classes of matters by a party be accompanied by a copy of that documentation in computer-readable format;
  • to provide for and encourage the use of technology in matters before the Commission; and
  • to provide an appropriate foundation for further use of technology in proceedings before the Commission

Practice Direction 16 clarifies the types of matters that are exempt from the provisions of the Practice Direction and what constitutes 'computer readable format'.

The Practice Direction also makes clear that any party seeking orders to be made (for example, in respect of a matter where judgment has been delivered or where the Commission directs short minutes of orders to be filed) must, when filing the hard copy version of the proposed orders, also provide the document in a computer readable format.

Additionally, the Practice Direction provides for the filing of certain classes of documents by email in lieu of the lodgement of a diskette or CD-Rom.

Click here to view Practice Direction No 16