Industrial Relations Victoria (IRV) oversees industrial relations policy and initiatives to achieve a positive industrial relations environment in Victoria.
IRV also provides assistance with private sector industrial relations matters, leads Victorian Government participation in major industrial relations reviews and inquiries, and supports government participation in the development and maintenance of the national industrial relations system.
The Central Bargaining Unit oversees enterprise bargaining across the Victorian public sector and provides government and public sector agencies across Victoria with access to industrial relations expertise and assistance.
The Victorian Wage Inspectorate, which is
being established, will help better protect worker rights under a range of
Victorian industrial relations laws and provide practical advice, education and
support to employees and employers about these laws, their work rights and
The Victorian Wage Inspectorate
The Victorian Wage Inspectorate includes the functions of
the Employment Information and Compliance Unit which carries out a range of
education, compliance and enforcement functions relating to Victorian industrial
laws including long service leave and child employment laws. It investigates
alleged breaches of these laws with a view to achieving voluntary compliance.
New laws in Victoria
Victorian Long Service Leave Act 2018
The Long Service Leave Act is not yet in force but is expected to commence
by or shortly before November 2018. An information campaign will commence soon
to help you understand key changes, including improvements to the treatment of
family leave for long service leave purposes. Current information about long service leave laws can be found on the Business Victoria website.
Victorian Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018
The Labour Hire Licencing Act was passed by Parliament on 20 June 2018. The Victorian Labour Hire Licensing Scheme is a business licensing system to regulate the provision of labour hire services and, in turn, protect vulnerable labour hire workers from exploitation.
Please note that requirements such as the obligation to be licensed or to use licensed providers are not yet in force and will begin in early 2019. The commencement date for these obligations will be announced well in advance, including information about the six-month transition period for applying for a licence.
Victorian Labour Hire Licensing Regulations
The operation of the Victorian Labour Hire Licensing Scheme will be
supported by the introduction of Regulations. Exposure draft Regulations
accompanied by a Regulatory Impact Statement covering options, costs
and benefits were released for public consultation on 7 August 2018,
with the consultation period ending on 5 September 2018. The public and
interested stakeholders are invited to provide detailed feedback on any
and all aspects of the exposure draft Regulations.
Victorian Long Service Benefits Portability Bill 2018
The Long Service Benefits
Portability Bill 2018 was introduced to Parliament on 27 March 2018. It aims
to give community services, security and contract cleaning workers long service
leave or long service benefits. It will make long service leave available to
workers in these industries who up until now have missed out because of the work
structures within those industries. The amendments are still to be considered
by Parliament so are not yet in force.
Victorian Owner Drivers and Forestry
Contractors Amendment Bill 2018
Changes to the Owner Drivers and Forestry Contractors Act 2005 were introduced to Parliament
on 24 July 2018. The amending Bill is still to be considered by Parliament so is not
yet in force.
Industry and Ministerial Councils
Equal Workplaces Advisory Council
The Equal Workplaces Advisory Council will report to and advise the Minister of Industrial Relations, Natalie Hutchins about initiatives that will tackle the gap in women's pay and workforce participation, including gendered occupational segregation.
Transport and Forestry Industry Councils
The Victorian Forestry Industry Council and Victorian transport industry Council are established under the Owner Drivers and Forestry Contractors Act 2005. The Act aims to improve the position of small businesses in the road transport and forestry industries by providing information and support to run successful businesses.
Building Industry Consultative Council
The Building Industry Consultative Council (BICC) was established in 2001 as a high-level advisory committee to the Minister for Industrial Relations made up of employers, industry associations, unions and government.
Call Centre Code
The Victorian Government Call Centre Code has been developed to assist people to understand the Victoria Government's requirements and expectations in relation to the call centre industry. The Call Centre Code outlines legal obligations and also provides guidance on industry best practice to promote and maintain a sustainable call centre industry.
The Central Bargaining Unit (CBU) assists departments, agencies and unions with industrial relations matters and enterprise bargaining to ensure the consistency of advice to employers and stakeholders and compliance with the government's public sector industrial relations policies.
The CBU is not directly involved in all public sector negotiations, it is a resource that parties can draw on to assist in the bargaining process. Its role is to:
- oversee bargaining across the public sector
- become involved in bargaining negotiations to assist parties to find workable solutions and avoid disputes
- assist in the resolution of disputes between parties.
Agencies should communicate with their portfolio department and CBU when:
- developing submissions for management logs and proposed agreements during negotiations
- developing proposals for service delivery improvements during negotiations.
Current enterprise bargaining agreements
Guide to Wages Policy and Service Delivery Partnership Plans 2015
The Guide to Wages Policy and Service Delivery Partnership Plans 2015Guide to Wages Policy and Service Delivery Partnership Plans 2015 (DOCX 572.28 KB) provides departments and public sector agencies with an overview of the enterprise bargaining framework, the government's wages policy and Service Delivery Plans.
Public Sector Industrial Relations Policies 2015
The Public Sector Industrial Relations Policies 2015 Public sector industrial relations policies 2015 (PDF 272.7 KB) outlines the Victorian Government's policy on a number of important public sector industrial relations matters.
Download an accessible version of the Public Sector Industrial Relations Policies 2015 Public sector industrial relations policies 2015 (DOCX 103.93 KB).Enterprise bargaining
Inquiry into the labour hire industry and insecure work
The final report of the independent inquiry into the labour hire industry and insecure work was tabled in Parliament on 27 October 2016.
Industrial Relations Victoria
Industrial Relations Victoria reports directly to the secretary.
To contact Industrial Relations Victoria, email email@example.com.
For all enquiries about long service leave:
Phone: 1800 287 287
For all enquiries about child employment, contact a child employment officer:
Phone: 1800 287 287