NSW Industrial Awards

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Historical awards before 1970

Finding awards

​Before 1970 NSW industrial awards and updates were published in the NSW Industrial Gazette. Indexes of the awards, called List of awards and contract determinations, were published as a supplement to the NSW Industrial Gazette.

You will need to search through all the indexes in your time range as your award may not appear in every index. Each index only includes award titles current at that time. The entry in the index will give you the volume and page numbers for your award and updates to the award.

To view the indexes, visit the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room and fill in a stack request slip and provide the years you need.

Once you have the details for your award and updates, fill in a stack request slip with the following information:

  • location number for the year
  • volume number
  • page numbers

NSW Industrial Gazette (includes indexes)

Can't come to the Library?

You can order copies of the relevant pages of the NSW Industrial Gazette from us.

Complete a form to order copies.

Need help understanding the index?

You will need to search through all the indexes in your time range to find the award and all updates to the award. Your award may not appear in every index as each index only includes award titles current at that time.

There are five columns under each award entry. See below for descriptions of each of the columns.

Column Descriptioin
1 Serial number.
2 The date that the Industrial Relations Commission approved the award or variation.
3 Codes which tell you what sort of decisions were made about the award, e.g. AIRC means it was an award made by the Industrial Relations Commission. The codes and their definitions are on the inside cover of the index.
4 The volume of the gazette where you will find the award or variation.
5 Page number.