Industrial Relations Victoria (IRV) oversees industrial relations policy and initiatives to achieve a positive working environment in Victoria.
IRV also assists 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 to industrial relations expertise and assistance.
Wage Inspectorate Victoria, helps to better protect worker rights under a range of
Victorian industrial relations laws. It provides practical advice, education and
support to employees and employers about these laws, their work rights and
Inquiry into the Victorian on-demand workforce
The Victorian Government has announced an inquiry into the Victorian on-demand workforce. It investigated the extent of the on-demand sector and the status of people working with on-line companies or platforms in Victoria.
The inquiry called for public submissions from workers and businesses input and is expected to deliver a final report to the Government next year.
Wage Inspectorate Victoria
Wage Inspectorate Victoria includes the functions of the Employment Information and Compliance Unit. It 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 laws can be found on the Business Victoria website.
Victorian Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018
The Labour Hire Licensing Act was passed by Parliament on 20 June 2018. The Act establishes the Victorian Labour Hire Licensing Scheme,
a business licensing system to regulate the provision of labour hire services, protect vulnerable labour hire workers from exploitation, and improve the transparency and integrity of the labour hire industry.
The scheme will come into force on 29 April 2019. From this date, labour hire providers will have six months to apply for a licence to operate in Victoria, that is, until 29 October 2019.
For information about the scheme, and how it affects labour hire providers, hosts and workers, visit the Labour Hire Authority website.
Victorian Labour Hire Licensing Regulations 2018
The operation of the Victorian Labour Hire Licensing Scheme is supported by Regulations Labour Hire Licensing Regulations 2018 Vic (DOCX 53.39 KB), which were made on 23
October 2018 after extensive public consultation. The regulations will also
come into effect on 29 April 2019, with the operation of the Act.
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 Portable long service leave scheme can be found on the Business Victoria website.
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 did not pass Parliament in full before the state election in 2018. The Government is considering whether to introduce the changes to Parliament again..
Industry and Ministerial Councils
Equal Workplaces Advisory Council
The Equal Workplaces Advisory Council currently reports to and advises the Minister of Industrial Relations, Tim Pallas 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 Victorian Government's requirements and expectations in relation to the call centre industry. The Call Centre Code outlines legal obligations and gives 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 consistent 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, but 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 help parties 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.
To contact Industrial Relations Victoria, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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