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Collections in Perth: A Guide to Commonwealth Government Records


17. Industrial Relations

The Agencies

After its establishment in 1905, the Industrial Registry in Western Australia took responsibility for the registration of union organisations (as required by the Conciliation and Arbitration Act 1904) and also acted as the District Registry of the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission.

Gradually the registry grew and took on the broader functions of industrial relations, employee welfare and research into labour questions. In the 1940s and 1950s national concern with World War II and postwar reconstruction ensured the growth of Commonwealth activity in industrial relations. In the mid-1960s the Industrial Registry, as a constituent of the various portfolios associated with the Department of Labour and National Service, established its own office and became seen as a distinct departmental division in its own right.

  • 1905–: Industrial Registry, District Registry, WA (CA 896)
  • 1966–72: Department of Labour and National Service – Industrial Relations Division, WA (CA 1761)

The Records

Records of the early activities of the Industrial Registry do not appear to be held in the Perth Office of the National Archives and it is likely that they were sent to the head office of the agency in Melbourne.

The series recorded below contain records dealing with general conciliation and arbitration matters. These include the functioning of industrial machinery and statutory provisions, measures directed towards the maintenance of industrial peace and the provisions of industrial information and advice, particularly as it related to Commonwealth Government agencies.

Some files deal with policy, precedent and historical matters in relation to industry, commerce, trade unionism and economics research. Correspondence series created by agencies with responsibility for some industrial matters may also contain relevant records.

CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 'M' PREFIX, 1934–74
Perth
Series: K1205
Quantity: 6.3 metres
Recorded by: 1939: Postmaster-General's Department, General Post Office, Perth (CA 1035)
(PMG) miscellaneous – coal miners strike – curtailment of train services – decreased mail despatches, 1936 K1205, M1936/172
ADMINISTRATION CORRESPONDENCE FILES, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1944–67
Perth
Series: PP507/1
Quantity: 1.08 metres
Recorded by: (Social Services/Security) various strikes, coal mines, goldmine – Kalgoorlie, 1949–52 (CA 848)
PP507/1, USB/20 (Social Services/Security) various strikes, coal mines, goldmine – Kalgoorlie, 1949–52
GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES, LABOUR AND NATIONAL SERVICE, 1946–75
Perth
Records in this series deal with policy, precedent, advice and operations in areas such as arbitration, Aboriginal employment, rehabilitation, industrial law and disputes, strike and employment statistics, productivity, external aid assistance, safety, female employment and national resources. The records also contain minutes and records of committees and conferences on these subjects.
Series: PP578/1
Quantity: 4 metres
Recorded by: 1946–72: Department of Labour and National Service, Branch Office, WA (CA 1761)
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1946–83
Perth
Series: PP973/1
Quantity: 1.62 metres
Recorded by: 1946–72: Department of Labour and National Service, Branch Office, WA (CA 1761)
Local trades committees – rates of trade testing – fees and allowances re payment of costs, 1946–79 PP973/1, 1975/5322
WA Industrial Arbitration Act 1962 and provisions, 1962–80 PP973/1, 1977/4526
Strike statistics, 1964–79 PP973/1, 1977/429
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1950–77
Perth
This series contains files dealing with conciliation and arbitration matters, including the function of industrial machinery and statutory provisions, measures directed to the maintenance of industrial peace, coordination of industrial matters affecting Commonwealth agencies, industrial information and advice services, and manpower development and training.
Series: PP651/1
Quantity: 2 metres
Recorded by: 1950–72: Department of Labour and National Service, Branch Office, WA (CA 1761)
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 1954–
Perth
Records in this series deal with employment and labour activities. As well as general correspondence, the records include the personal case files of people receiving assistance through various national manpower schemes.
Series: K38
Quantity: 144 metres
Recorded by: 1954–72: Department of Labour and National Service, Branch Office, WA (CA 1761)
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1955–64
Perth
Records in this series deal with policy, operational and research matters for industrial activity, demography and production.
Series: PP369/1
Quantity: 7 metres
Recorded by: 1955–64: Department of Labour and National Service, Branch Office, WA (CA 1761)
Waterside workers – authorised stoppages and subsequent developments, 1964–70 PP396/1, 1963/580
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 1965–66
Perth
Records in this series deal with policy, precedent and historical matters in relation to industry, commerce, trade unionism and economical research. They also contain important decisions about the implementation and administration of the National Service Act 1951 in WA.
Series: PP446/1
Quantity: 5 metres
Recorded by: 1965–66: Department of Labour and National Service, Branch Office, WA (CA 1761)

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