Series S469 - FILES - GENERAL

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AU WA S469




  • 1924-01-01 - (Creation)

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AU WA A53 - DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR [2] (1920-01-01 - 1973-01-01)

Administrative history

The Department was established in 1920 with the appointment of a Commissioner for Labour. The portfolio of Minister for Labour was created in 1924 and in 1936 a Secretary for Labour was appointed and the Department became advisory bureau for all government departments (except Railways) in regard to industrial matters affecting government wages and employees.

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AU WA A54 - DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR AND INDUSTRY (1973-01-01 - 1983-11-08)

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The Department was responsible for the administration of the industrial code, apprentices, construction safety, weights and measures, machinery, shops and factories and consumer protection. It also assumed responsibility for the Small Claims Tribunal and the licensing of credit providers in 1975.

Following the 1983 State election, the Division of Industrial Training was transferred to the Department of Employment and Administrative Services, and the Weights and Measures Branch was transferred to the Department of Consumer Affairs.

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AU WA A123 - PUBLIC SERVICE BOARD (1971-02-02 - 1988-01-01)

Administrative history

In 1970, the Government passed legislation abolishing the Public Service Commission and establishing the Public Service Board (Public Service Act Amendment Act No. 81 of 1970).

The first Public Service Board was appointed on the 2 February 1971. The 1904 Public Service Act (No. 41 of 1904) was repealed by the 1978 Public Service Act (No. 86 of 1978) which became effective from the 16 May 1979.

The aim of the Public Service Board was to ensure the efficient operation of the Public Service and to advise the government on matters affecting the Service.

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Series consists of general administrative files relating to industrial matters and labour relations within Government. The series dates from 1924 when the Department of Labour was established primarily to provide an Industrial Relations service to Government and to Government employees.

The series covers matters relating to union claims, negotiations with Unions on behalf of Government employees, government policies in the industrial relations arena, labour relations (including activities of a regulatory and/or workers' welfare nature).

In 1972 the industrial relations function of the Department of Labour was transferred to the Public Service Board (Agency No. 123). The role of the Department of Labour changed to one of regulation, labour relations and monitoring industrial relations in the private sector. The Department was renamed the Department of Labour and Industry. However, the same file covers continued as Department of Labour until 1976.

Since 1985 the several series of files had been amalgamated within the Department and were considered as one series by Registry staff. These are distinguished on the consignment list by "L" before the number for Department of Labour and Department of Labour and Industry. "PSB (IE)" after the file number refers to Public Service Board Industrial Employees.

From 1904 industrial relations in respect of salaried staff employed under the Public Service Act, was one of the responsibilities of the Public Service Commissioners and later the Public Service Board. This file series, which interlocks with the Department of Labour (later Department of Labour and Industry) appears to represent this function.


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