​Announcement - Section 19 Award Review 2015 

1 September​​ 2015

​The Commission is c​​ommencing 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: 

  • Notices of Award Review have been issued to the parties to the awards eligible for review.
  • A Notice of Award Review for each award is available electronically on the NSW Industrial Relations website via the link​s on the list of awards to be reviewed.
  • A copy oPractice Note No. 13 is attached to each Notice.
  • Awards have been listed for call-over at the date, time and place specified on the Notice and on the list.
  • The call-over dates are set for four days:
    14 & 15 October 2015; and 27 & 28 October​​ 2015.


In brief, Practice Note No. 13 requires the parties to:  

  • file and se​rve on all other parties a list of all changes proposed to the Award
  • this should be a list of all specific changes except where substantial changes are proposed. Where substantial changes are proposed the list may refer to the subject areas of change.
  • this includes a situation where it is considered that the award is obsol​ete and should be rescinded.
  • file a No​​tice of Appearance.

[these steps have to be taken at least one week before the call-over date]

  • confer with all other parties o​n any proposed changes prior to the call-over date so that all parties are in a position to advise at call-over 

[this should occur no later than during the week before the call-over date]

What will happen ​​at call-over? 

  • wh​​​ere there are no issues or matters that require attention in respect​​ of the Award the matter will be marked as "Award Reviewed" [proceedings finalised]

  • whe​re the Award is obsolete the matter will be marked "Award Obsolete" [proceedings finalised]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 A​​ward 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 [2003].

James Wiseman
Acting Industrial Registrar​