Series VPRS 5468
Case Files, Single Number System
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Date Range: Series 1943 - By 1983
  Series in Custody 1943 - 1982
  Contents 1943 - 1982
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
Agency which created this SeriesAgency which created this Series
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1943 - 1981 Industrial Appeals Court (also Court of Industrial Appeals 1903-1942) VA 1011
1981 - 1982 Industrial Relations Commission VA 1009
Agency currently responsible for this SeriesAgency currently responsible for this Series
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1993 - 1996 Employee Relations Commission VA 3125
1996 - cont Australian Industrial Relations Commission VA 4048
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
  • How to use the Records
    The files are arranged in two single number sequences. There is no index or register extant so you will have to scan the consignment details for files relevant to your research.

  • Function / Content
    This series comprises files of cases heard by the Industrial Appeals Court from 1943 to 1981 and the Industrial Relations Commission from 1981 to 1982. The Industrial Appeals Court was reconstituted under the Factories and Shops Act 1941 (No.4874) in 1942 (it had previously been constituted as the Court of Industrial Appeals from 1903).

    The Industrial Appeals Court was established primarily to hear appeals against decisions of the Wages Boards and decisions of the Melbourne Industrial Court but it also considered:

    * matters referred to it by the Minister
    * matters affecting more than one Wages Board
    * cases regarding the interpretation of determinations of Wages Boards
    * proceedings transferred from any other court where the proceeding concerned the relationship between
    * an employer and employee
    * applications for exemption from long service leave provisions.

    From 1972 the Court could also hear appeals against decisions of Magistrates Courts in proceedings taken for the recovery of arrears of wages or holiday pay.

    The functions of the Industrial Appeals Court were assumed by the Industrial Relations Commission from 1 November 1981. The Industrial Relations Commission also assumed responsibility for appointing, abolishing and varying the membership and powers of Conciliation and Arbitration Boards (which superseded the Wages Boards). The Commission also was empowered to hear cases for the recognition of employer and employee associations (unions).

  • Recordkeeping System
    Between 1943 and 1982 the case files were organised according to two single number filing systems. The first system was maintained by the Industrial Appeals Court from 1943 to 1981. During this period the sequential file number was linked to the year of the case (eg. 1943/1 to 1943/24 then 1944/25 to 1944/34 etc. through to 1981/1185). The second system was maintained by the Industrial Relations Commission from 1981 to 1982. The file numbers range from 1 to 255. There is no register of case numbers or index to cases in PROV custody.

    Previous and Subsequent Series

    For determinations and transcripts of appeal cases from 1919 to 1939 see VPRS 5998. For files relating to the appointment, abolition, powers and membership of Wages Boards prior to 1981 see VPRS 5464.

    In 1983 the single number filing system for case files was superseded by an annual single number system: see VPRS 9599.

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Indexes and RegistersIndexes and Registers
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Date Range Series Title Series Number
1974 - 1983 Index to Case Files VPRS 11968
Controlled SeriesControlled Series
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Previous SeriesPrevious Series
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Transfer Date Series Title Series Number
- 1981 General Correspondence Files (Wages Boards portion) VPRS 5464
Subsequent SeriesSubsequent Series
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- 1983 Board Hearings Files (Award Variations Portion Only Transferred) VPRS 9600
List/s of records in this seriesList/s of records in this series
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0000 1943 - 1959 Open 18
P0001 1960 - 1982 Open 197
Indexes and RegistersIndexes and Registers
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1974 - 1983 Index to Case Files VPRS 11968
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