Industrial Relations Court of Australia

The Industrial Relations Court of Australia (IRCA) is a superior court of law and equity, established by the Australian Parliament under the Industrial Relations Reform Act 1993 which amended the Industrial Relations Act 1988. It is equal in status to other national superior courts such as the Federal Court of Australia and the Family Court of Australia. It consists of a Chief Justice and as many other Judges as hold office under the Industrial Relations Act 1988. As a consequence of the Workplace Relations and other Legislation Amendment Act 1996, the Court's jurisdiction has been transferred to other Courts, mainly the Federal Court of Australia. On 25 May 1997 the staff and resources of the Industrial Relations Court of Australia were transferred to the Federal Court of Australia.

Despite the transfer of jurisdiction, the Industrial Relations Court of Australia continues to exist at law until the last of its judges resigns or retires from office.

Judges

All Judges of the Industrial Relations Court of Australia also hold concurrent commissions as Judges of the Federal Court of Australia.

Under the Workplace Relations and Other Legislation Amendment Act 1996, the Judges of the Industrial Relations Court each retain that office until they resign or retire.

Judgments

The last proceeding of this Court was finalised in 2005-2006.

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Annual reports

The Industrial Relations Court of Australia's annual reports to 2005/06 are available for downloading. As all proceedings have been finalised the last annual report to be produced was 2005/06.

Note that in some cases appendices have been omitted to reduce the size of the document.

2005/06 Annual Report
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2003/04 Annual Report
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2002/03 Annual Report
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2000/01 Annual Report
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1999/00 Annual Report
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1997/98 Annual Report
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1996/97 Annual Report
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