Announcement - Arrangement of business during 2010-11 law vacation

The 2010 law vacation commences from close of business on Friday 17 December 2010.

In line with previous years the Commission will have in place arrangements to ensure that matters are dealt with in a timely way:

  • the usual arrangements for a duty judge to be on duty and in attendance at the Commission during the entire period of the law vacation (that is, 20 December 2010 to 28 January 2011) will be in place
  • the usual arrangements for a duty commissioner to be on duty for the period 29 December 2010 - 7 January 2011 will remain in place with all Commissioners on duty from 10 January 2011.
  • in the event that any urgent matter arises that requires one or more of the judicial Members of the Commission to be available to sit arrangements will be made to allow that to occur.

During the course of the law vacation arrangements will be in place to ensure that
  • unfair dismissal matters continue to be listed to meet the standard time to first listing/conciliation of 21 days
  • industrial disputes can be listed before a member of the Commission immediately, and
  • any urgent notices of motion or similar matters may be listed where appropriate before a judicial member immediately

Practitioners and other users of the Commission are reminded of the provisions under the Commission's Rules to seek expedition in a particular matter or that a matter be determined urgently.

Rule 3.3 of the Industrial Relations Commissions Rules 2009 states
    Applications for proceedings to be dealt with urgently
      (1) An application for proceedings to be dealt with urgently may be made by filing a notice of motion, together with an affidavit setting out, briefly but specifically, the reasons why the proceedings should be so dealt with.
      (2) Copies of the notice of motion and affidavit must be served on each of the other parties together with the originating process or, if the proceedings have commenced before they are filed, promptly after they are filed

The 2011 law term commences on Monday 31 January 2011.

Industrial Registrar
22 December 2010