Group VRG 42
Labour and Industry
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Date Range: 1900 - 1992
 
Description of this GroupDescription of this Group
This group dates from 1900 when the first Minister of Labour was commissioned and assumed responsibility for administering the provisions of the Factories and Shops Act from the Chief Secretary (VRG 26). It includes the Minister of Labour, the Minister of Labour and Industry (1954 to 1985), the Minister of Employment and Training (1980 to 1985), the Minister for Industrial Affairs (1982 to 1985), the Minister for Employment and Industrial Affairs (1985 to 1986) and the Minister for Labour (1986 to 1992).

In 1900 a Minister of Labour was appointed and assumed responsibility for functions previously undertaken by the Chief Secretary (VRG 26). The Minister of Labour was replaced by the Minister of Labour and Industry in 1954.

From 1980 to 1985 there were a series of machinery of government changes which involved a gradual dismantling of the Labour and Industry portfolio to create three separate portfolios: Labour and Industry, Employment and Training and Industrial Affairs.

In 1985 the three portfolios were abolished and most of the functions which had been associated with the Labour and Industry portfolio to 1980 were brought back together under the responsibility of the Minister for Employment and Industrial Affairs. In 1986 the combined portfolio was renamed Labour.

The Labour portfolio was abolished as part of the change of Ministry on 6 October 1992 which saw the establishment of the following new portfolios:
Minister for Industry and Employment
Minister for Industry Services
Minister for Youth Affairs
Minister for Regional Development
Minister for WorkCare.


Departments of State 1900-1992

The major Departments of State responsible for the administration of labour and industry functions during the period 1900 to 1992 were:

VA 475 Chief Secretary's Department 1900 to 1916
VA 2874 Department of Labour I 1916 to 1954
VA 1027 Department of Labour and Industry 1954 to 1985
VA 704 Ministry of Employment and Training 1981 to 1985
VA 1059 Ministry of Industrial Affairs 1982 to 1985
VA 2777 Department of Labour II 1986 to 1992

Location of Records

Significant holdings of records have been transferred to the Public Record Office. See List of Holdings 2nd edition 1985, sections 3.9.0 (labour and industry matters) and 3.22.0 (workers compensation, motor accident compensation).

Ministers

Minister of Labour 1900 to 1954
Minister of Labour and Industry 1954 to 1985
Minister of Employment and Training 1980 to 1985
Minister for Industrial Affairs 1982 to 1985
Minister for Employment and Industrial Affairs 1985 to 1986
Minister for Labour 1986 to 1992.
 
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Date within Group Agency Title Agency Number Agency Hierarchy
1900 - 1916 Chief Secretary's Department VA 475 Dept. of State
1900 - 1992 Conciliation and Arbitration Boards (formerly known as Wages Boards 1896-1981) VA 1010 Major Statutory Authority
1916 - 1954 Department of Labour I VA 2874 Dept. of State
1928 - 1975 Apprenticeship Commission VA 899 Statutory Authority
1954 - 1985 Department of Labour and Industry VA 1027 Dept. of State
1967 - 1992 Board of Examiners for Steam Engine Drivers and Boiler Attendants VA 1366 Other Instrumentalities
1968 - 1970 Consumers Protection Council VA 2734 Statutory Authority
1970 - 1973 Consumer Affairs Council VA 3135 Other Instrumentalities
1970 - 1974 Consumer Protection Bureau VA 2735 Statutory Authority
1974 - 1981 Ministry of Consumer Affairs VA 1026 Sub Department
1975 - 1981 Consumer Affairs Bureau VA 2736 Other Instrumentalities
1975 - 1991 Industrial Training Commission VA 900 Statutory Authority
1978 - 1983 Workers Compensation Board VA 876 Statutory Authority
1978 - 1985 Hairdressers Registration Board VA 1229 Statutory Authority
1979 - 1982 Liquor Control Commission VA 1110 Major Statutory Authority
1979 - 1985 Motor Accidents Board VA 1055 Major Statutory Authority
1981 - 1992 Industrial Relations Commission VA 1009 Statutory Authority
1982 - 1986 Victorian Technology Advisory Committee VA 2668 Other Instrumentalities
1985 - 1992 Occupational Health and Safety Commission VA 1647 Statutory Authority
1990 - 1991 Accident Compensation Tribunal VA 2778 Statutory Authority
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Date within Group Function Title Function Number
1900 - 1973 Consumer protection VF 141
1900 - 1985 Retail trading hours VF 259
1900 - 1992 Health and safety (workplace) VF 136
1900 - 1992 Industrial relations VF 224
1900 - cont Factory registration VF 135
1900 - cont Private employment agencies, registration of VF 355
1918 - 1923 Immigration (twentieth century) VF 138
1918 - 1942 Employment service VF 139
1946 - cont Tobacco sellers, licensing of VF 359
- 1952 Sustenance VF 358
1962 - 1992 Welders of boilers and pressure vessels, certification of VF 361
1962 - cont Boilers, inspection of VF 299
1968 - 1973 Consumer affairs consultation VF 350
1972 - 1977 Industrial relations (public sector) VF 168
1974 - 1992 Scaffolding inspectors and scaffolders, certification of VF 356
1974 - 1992 Scaffolding regulations VF 357
1978 - 1983 Workers' compensation VF 72
1978 - 1983 Workers compensation arbitration VF 345
1978 - cont Hairdressers registration VF 306
1979 - 1985 Transport accident compensation VF 143