Industrial relations


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 Employment Information and Compliance Unit carries out a range of education, compliance and enforcement functions relating to Victorian long service leave and child employment laws. It investigates alleged breaches of these laws with a view to achieving voluntary compliance.

The Statement of Expectations for the Employment Information and Compliance Unit sets out the expectations of the Unit's contribution to the Government's Regulation Reform Program to reduce red tape and improve regulatory practices.


Strategies and initiatives

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.

Enterprise bargaining

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

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.

Child employment

Industrial Relations Victoria has developed a range of information materials to help businesses, schools and parents with child employment, including information on how to apply for a child employment permit.

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)DOCX icon provides departments and public sector agencies with an overview of the enterprise bargaining framework, the government's wages policy and Service Delivery Plans.

Long service leave

Industrial Relations Victoria has developed a range of materials to provide assistance on long service leave laws, including a comprehensive guide which explains the entitlements and obligations of employers and employees under the Act.

Public Sector Industrial Relations Policies 2015

The Public Sector Industrial Relations Policies 2015 Public sector industrial relations policies 2015 (PDF 272.7 KB)PDF icon 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)DOCX icon.

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 (BICC)

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.


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.

Divisional owners and entities

Industrial Relations Victoria

Industrial Relations Victoria reports directly to the secretary.

Contact details

To contact Industrial Relations Victoria, email

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