I today learnt that the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW (‘IRC’) has moved from the lovely heritage building at 47 Bridge Street in Sydney to 10 - 12 Smith Street at Parramatta. The Commission’s new postal address will be PO Box 927 Parramatta 2124.
While the old premises will be missed (my office is in the Sydney CBD and was nice and close to the old heritage building), the move is not entirely surprising. A number of government and justice agencies, courts and tribunals have moved to Parramatta in recent years as part of the development of the Parramatta Justice Precinct (‘the precinct’).
The precinct houses the corporate headquarters of the New South Wales Department of Attorney General and Justice. Other legal offices include the Children's Court of New South Wales and the Sydney West Trial Courts, Legal Aid Commission of New South Wales, Office of Trustee and Guardian (formerly the Office of the Protective Commissioner), NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, as well as a branch of the Family Court. Nearby on Marsden Street is the Parramatta Courthouse and a courthouse where the specialist Drug Court of New South Wales sits. The Garfield Barwick Commonwealth Law Courts Building, houses courts of the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia and the Family Court of Australia. Western Sydney University has also set up the Parramatta Community Justice Clinic (PCJC) - a legal education program - in partnership with Western Sydney Community Legal Centre.
SEBASTIAN DE BRENNAN
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