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Commonwealth Government Records about South Australia


Industrial relations

The Commonwealth became involved in industrial relations soon after Federation. The Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Act saw the formation of the Commonwealth Court of Conciliation and Arbitration. The Principal Industrial Registry and Industrial Registrars in the states provided administrative support in the settlement of industrial disputes. In 1956 the functions of the Commonwealth Court of Conciliation and Arbitration were transferred to the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission, superseding the court process with the settlement of disputes through conciliation or arbitration. This commission was abolished in 1989 and replaced by the Australian Industrial Relations Commission.

Records held by the Archives relating to industrial relations in South Australia include documents about disputes, summaries and transcripts of court proceedings, and case files.

Selected series relating to industrial relations in South Australia
Melbourne
Recorded by: Principal Industrial Registry, Head Office, Melbourne
Commonwealth Court of Conciliation and Arbitration disputes case files, 1906–56 B207
Conciliation and Arbitration Commission disputes case files, 1957– B206
Sydney
Recorded by: Principal Industrial Registry, South Australia
Notifications and subsequent documents concerning industrial disputes, 1942–48 AP14/1
Applications to vary awards and subsequent documents, 1947–51 AP14/2
Application to boards of reference and subsequent documents, 1929–54 AP14/3
Summaries of proceedings before court or conciliation commissioners, 1949–54 AP14/4
Boards of reference, 1948 AP33/1
Transcripts of proceedings, 1946–50 AP33/2
Applications for board of reference and subsequent documents, 1944–65 AP610/1
Notification concerning industrial disputes and application to vary awards and subsequent documents, 1963–66 AP610/2
Documents concerning disputes before the Commonwealth Industrial Court, 1964–66 AP610/3
Apprenticeship indentures, 1950–66 AP610/4
Apprenticeship indentures, 1950–66 AP759/4
Apprenticeship indentures, 1950–66 D4035
Sydney
Recorded by: Department of Labour and National Service, Branch Office/Regional Administration, South Australia
Correspondence files, 1942–60 AP147/1
Award inspection files, 1970–87 D626
Transcripts of proceedings before the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission, 1972–73 AP1009/6
Industrial relations branch – transcripts and decisions of state and federal commissions and industrial courts, 1974–75 AP1058/5
Sydney
Recorded by: Industrial Relations Bureau, South Australia
Legislation special case files, 1979–82 D1318
Selected items relating to industrial relations in South Australia
Canberra
Trades Hall Council Adelaide, 1944–54 A6122, 205 REFERENCE COPY
Melbourne
Finding of dispute – Amalgamated Metal Workers and Shipwrights Union V Electricity Trust of South Australia, 1979 B206, C1979/3338
Adelaide
Industrial Workers of the World representatives in South Australia – convicted persons and deportees, Unlawful Association Act, 1919–20 D1921, 1919/65
Shipping dispute Port Adelaide 1932, reports of Royal Commission, newspaper cuttings, 1930–47 D596, 1947/2432
Acting Chief Mechanical Engineer – notification of industrial dispute, shell annexe Islington workshop, 1942 D1743, 1942/4689
Contacts with employers – arbitration inspectors, 1948–53 D1917, D25/48

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Chapter 11
Industrial relations and employment