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Vic IR referral legislation progressing; Federal IR transition legislation through Lower House; NSW: Industrial magistrates abolished.

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Vic IR referral legislation progressing; Federal IR transition legislation through Lower House; NSW: Industrial magistrates abolished.
 
Vic IR referral legislation progressing
 
The Victorian legislation referring the state’s IR powers to the Commonwealth to cover the State's private sector workforce, and large sections of the public service, is in the Victorian parliament.
 
The new referral will replace the present referral under the Commonwealth Powers (Industrial Relations) Act 1996 and the Bill provides for repeal of this Act.
 
The Bill also repeals the Victorian Workers' Wages Protection Act 2007, and certain provisions of the Public Administration Act 2004 and Parliamentary Administration Act 2005. The Bill amends the Long Service Leave Act 1992, Public Sector Employment (Award Entitlements) Act 2006, Outworkers (Improved Protection) Act 2003, Public Holidays Act 1993, and the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, so that they will continue to operate according to their original schemes after the Fair Work Act 2009 and the Commonwealth's transitional legislation commence.
 
 
Federal IR transition legislation through Lower House
 
On 4 June the House of Representatives passed Labor's amendments to the federal Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Bill, rejecting Opposition amendments.
 
The senate is scheduled to sit from 15 June.
 
NSW: Industrial magistrates abolished
 
New South Wales parliament has passed legislation to transfer the jurisdiction of industrial magistrates to the NSW Industrial Relations Commission.
 
The Industrial Relations Amendment (Jurisdiction of Industrial Relations Commission) Bill 2009 abolishes the positions of Chief Industrial Magistrate and industrial magistrates.
 
Recovery of wages matters will continue before magistrates of the Local Court, outside the metropolitan area.
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