6. AIRC sign
In the late 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s unions and employer representatives frequently conducted media interviews outside Court 1 in the Australian Industrial Relations Commission’s premises at Nauru House in Melbourne.
For those at home learning about their next pay rise through television reports, the image was one of people walking past or speaking in front of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) sign on the wall outside that courtroom.
In 2006 the tribunal moved from its home in Nauru House to its current location at 11 Exhibition Street, Melbourne. Each of the letters in the sign were recycled and placed above the entrance steps at the new building, where they remained until July 2009 when the tribunal was renamed Fair Work Australia. In 2009 the sign was given to the Sir Richard Kirby Archives to be preserved as a public symbol of hearings and events over the 21 year period the tribunal was the Australian Industrial Relations Commission.
A coat of arms which accompanied the sign at its Court 1 location is also preserved in the Archives collection.