Commonwealth Numbered Regulations - Explanatory Statements

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Statutory Rules 1996 No. 33

Issued by the Authority of the Minister for Industrial Relations

Industrial Relations Act 1988

Industrial Relations (Allowances) Regulations

Section 259 of the Industrial Relations Act 1988 (the Act) provides that the Governor-General may make regulations of the purposes of the Act.

The regulation is made pursuant to sections 12, 21 and 23 of the Act which deal with the prescribing of allowances for members of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC).

The object of the regulation is to provide for increased travel allowances for members of the AIRC.

The proposed Regulation is to be taken to have come into effect an the same date as similar increases in rates of travel allowance determined by the Remuneration Tribunal for comparable public office holders under Remuneration Tribunal Determination No. 25 of 1995.

The Regulation is to maintain parity between AIRC members and members of the Federal Judiciary. A link between AIRC remuneration and that of other public office holders has persisted for many years and currently is maintained by the Act.

Present levels of travel allowance for AIRC members are set by Remuneration Tribunal Determination No. 21 of 1991.

Section 9 of the Remuneration and Allowances Legislation Amendment Act 1992 removed the power of the Remuneration Tribunal to determine travel allowance for AIRC members but maintained existing entitlements and provided for future adjustments to be made by regulation.

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