Industrial relations

Introduction

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.

Wage Inspectorate Victoria, which is currently 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 responsibilities.

Websites

Strategies and initiatives

New developments

Inquiry into the Victorian on-demand workforce

The Victorian Government has announced an inquiry into the Victorian on-demand workforce. It will investigate the extent of the on-demand sector and the status of people working with on-line companies or platforms in Victoria.

The inquiry will be seeking public submissions from workers and business input and is expected to deliver a final report to the Government next year.

Further information about the inquiry, including how to make a submission will be available soon.

Wage Inspectorate Victoria

Wage Inspectorate Victoria 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 came into operation on 1 November 2018. Information about the new 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 2018

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 Act 2018

The Long Service Benefits Portability Act 2018 was passed by the Victorian Parliament on 5 September 2018 and will come into operation by 1 July 2019. The Act establishes a new portable long service leave and benefits scheme for workers in the contract cleaning, security, and community services sectors. Further information about the Scheme will be available soon.

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 currently reports to and advises 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. 

Public sector

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

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. 

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.Enterprise bargaining

Projects

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 irv.info@ecodev.vic.gov.au.

For all enquiries about long service leave:
Email: longserviceleave@ecodev.vic.gov.au
Phone: 1800 287 287

For all enquiries about child employment, contact a child employment officer:
Email: childemployment@ecodev.vic.gov.au
Phone: 1800 287 287