History of the Department of the Registrar

Discover key points in time for the Department
  • 1900 - Industrial Conciliation and Arbitration Act 1900 established the Registrar of Friendly Societies who was the Registrar of Industrial Unions.  The Industrial Registrar serviced the Arbitration and Conciliation Commission and was part of the Crown Law Department
  • 1900 - Edgar Theodore Owen appointed as Registrar
  • 1905 - Registrar appointed federal Deputy Registrar under Federal Act
  • 1909 - Samuel Bennett appointed as Registrar
  • 1922 - Union registrations passed from Registrar of Friendly Societies to Clerk of the Court of Arbitration
  • 1922 - Francis Edward Walsh appointed as Registrar
  • 1924 - Registry functions under Trade Unions Act 1902 passed from Registrar of Friendly Societies to Registrar of Industrial Unions
  • 1939 - Reginald Arthur Wood appointed as Registrar
  • 1948 - Section 166 of the Industrial Arbitration Act 1912 – 1948 created office of Assistant Registrar
  • 1949 - Joseph Hamilton Bogue appointed as Registrar
  • 1960 - Serventus Cyril Bruce appointed as Registrar
  • 1963 - Amendment separated arbitral and judicial functions by creating Industrial Appeal Court and Industrial Commission with Chief Commissioner and three other Commissioners
  • 1963 - Raymond Bowyer appointed as Registrar
  • 1964 - Industrial Arbitration Act 1963 transferred the Industrial Registrar from the Crown Law Department to the Department of Labour and Industry
  • 1965 - Industrial Commission moved from Supreme Court buildings to new premises in Murray Street
  • 1971 - Roy (Rex) Ellis appointed as Registrar
  • 1977 - Federal commission opened Perth office, State Registrar ceased to be Federal Deputy Registrar
  • 1981 - Keith Scapin appointed as Registrar
  • 1983 - Confirmation from Registrar that Commission could operate efficiently with existing staffing level of 28 if administratively autonomous
  • 1983 - Registrar becomes de facto autonomous except for accounting functions, although continued to be part of the Department of Industrial Affairs
  • 1984 - Preparation of budget estimates taken over by Registrar
  • 1985 - Commission’s establishment moved under the Department of Employment of Training but still remained on a de facto autonomous footing
  • 1985 - Registrar took over registry functions for Promotion Appeals, Railways Classification Board, Public Service Arbitrator and Government School Teachers Tribunal
  • 1986 - Registrar took over accounting system from Department of Occupational Health and the Registrar became the Accountable officer
  • 1987 - John G Carrigg appointed as Registrar
  • 1989 - Department of the Registrar established with Registrar as CEO
  • 1995 - Commission relocated from Supply House in Hay Street, to 111 St George’s Terrace
  • 1997 - John Spurling appointed as Registrar
  • 1999 - Began providing Registry services for the Australian Industrial Registry
  • 2002 - Began registration process for Employer – Employee Agreements
  • 2003 - Deputy Registrars given specific authority to mediate in unfair dismissal claims
  • 2004 - Occupational and Safety Health Tribunal established within the Commission
  • 2006 - Federal industrial relations legislation enacted to significantly encroach on state jurisdiction
  • 2007 - Australian Industrial Registry re-established in Perth and WA Registrar ceases providing registry services for the Federal Commission
  • 2008 - Road Freight Tribunal established within the Commission
  • 2008 - Employment Dispute Resolution Act 2008
  • 2011 - The Department commenced hosting the Blaxell Inquiry, St Andrews Hostel Inquiry
  • 2011 - Retirement of Registrar, John Spurling.  Susan Bastian appointed as Acting Registrar
  • 2013 - The Department commenced hosting the City of Canning Inquiry
  • 2013 - Refurbishment of the Commission's hearing and conference facilities, providing a state of the art fully integrated digital court environment
  • 2014 - Susan Bastian appointed as Registrar
  • 2014 - The Department hosted proceedings for the Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse
  • 2014 - The Department hosted proceedings for the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption
  • 2014 - Pro bono scheme introduced by the Chief Commissioner and the Registrar
  • 2018 - 2020 The Department hosted proceedings for the City of Perth Inquiry
  • 2021 - The Department hosted proceedings for the Perth Casino Royal Commission
Page reviewed 3 May 2022