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Parties to the Award

Federal industrial relations legislation

Conciliation and Arbitration Act 1904

Industrial Relations Act 1988

Registered organisations

Amalgamation trends

Research using archives



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Research using archives (continued)

In the course of their operations, trade unions, employer associations and their peak councils usually create, collect and maintain certain key types of records. These key record types document policy development and debate within organisations; they document communications within and between organisations; and serve as resources for the information needs of organisations. They include:

  • Minutes of meetings (general, executive, council, sub-committee etc. often at federal, state and district levels)
  • Conference papers
  • Executive and branch correspondence
  • Internal circulars
  • File systems (often subject or issue-based and including correspondence series)
  • Industrial files
  • Financial records
  • Membership records
  • Newspaper clippings
  • Reports
  • Publications
  • Pictorial and ephemeral material

Parties to the Award illuminates where the records of federally registered industrial organisations and their peak councils are held in 22 archival institutions around Australia. Of these institutions, 11 are based in universities, four are in state libraries, three are state archives, two are regional libraries, one is a regional branch of Australian Archives and the other is in the National Library. Three are located in Adelaide; two each in Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Newcastle and Sydney; and one each in Armidale, Broken Hill, Darwin, Perth, Townsville, Wagga Wagga and Wollongong.

Parties to the Award documents only federally registered industrial organisations and their peak councils. The location of archives of a state-registered organisation eg. the Furnishing Trades Society of NSW is only recorded if it is also the state branch of a federally registered organisation, in this case the Federated Furnishing Trades Society of Australasia, NSW Branch. Even then it is only recorded under the federal name. The directory records the location of archives at the federal level and then down to the state or territory level. It does not identify strict provenance.

Consequently the archives of suburban Granville and regional Broken Hill Branches of the Amalgamated Engineering Union (held at the Noel Butlin Archives Centre, Australian National University and the Outback Archives, Broken Hill City Library respectively) are recorded only as NSW.

Organisations in Australian Trade Union Archives: Amalgamated Engineering Union

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