Structure, organisations and key people
The Industrial Relations Court of Australia (IRCA) is a superior court of law and equity, established by the Australian Parliament under the Industrial Relations Reform Act 1993 which amended the Industrial Relations Act 1988. It is equal in status to other national superior courts such as the Federal Court of Australia and the Family Court of Australia. It consists of a Chief Justice and as many other Judges as hold office under the Industrial Relations Act 1988.As a consequence of the Workplace Relations and other Legislation Amendment Act 1996, the Court's jurisdiction has been transferred to other Courts, mainly the Federal Court of Australia. On 25 May 1997 the staff and resources of the Industrial Relations Court of Australia were transferred to the Federal Court of Australia.
Despite the transfer of jurisdiction, the Industrial Relations Court of Australia continues to exist at law until the last of its judges resigns or retires from office.
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