Agency VA 1010
Conciliation and Arbitration Boards (formerly known as Wages Boards 1896-1981)
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Date Range: 1896 - 1992
 
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The Factories and Shops Act 1896 first provided for the appointment of special Boards which came to be known as Wages Boards.

Originally four Boards were established and subsequently there were over two hundred in operation. Each Board was appointed for a specific trade, a branch of a trade, or a related group of trades.

When established in 1896 the Boards consisted of equal numbers of employers and employees, with the qualification that each should be actively engaged in the trade concerned. The Factories and Shops Act 1934 modified this to permit a paid officer of any corporation, public body, or association of employers being elected to represent employers. If such an officer was appointed then one of the employees' representatives was to be an officer of the Trade Union concerned.

Reconstitution as Conciliation and Arbitration Boards 1981

On 1 November 1981 the Industrial Relations Act 1979 (No.9365) came into operation. Wages Boards were replaced by the Industrial Relations Commission (VA 1009) and a system of Conciliation and Arbitration Boards.

Location of Records

See also List of Holdings 2nd edition 1985, section 3.9.7.

 
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? 1896 - ? 1981 Order in Council Notices VPRS 11210 North Melbourne Open
? 1896 - cont Exhibits to Submissions Presented VPRS 5465 North Melbourne Open
? 1950 - 1992 Board Member Appointments Files VPRS 9601 North Melbourne Open
1896 - ? 1983 History Files [Determinations] VPRS 5466 North Melbourne Open
1945 - 1947 40 Hour Week Case Records VPRS 10393 North Melbourne Open
1974 - 1992 Index to Case Files VPRS 11968 North Melbourne Open
By 1896 - 1993 Minute Books VPRS 5467 North Melbourne Open
Circa 1901 - 1993 History Files [Awards] VPRS 11204 North Melbourne Open
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1896 - 1981 Industrial relations VF 224
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1981 - 1992 Industrial relations VF 224
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1981 - 1992 Industrial Relations Commission VA 1009
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1896 - 1900 Chief Secretary VRG 26
1900 - 1992 Labour and Industry VRG 42