Following the "Industrial Arbitration Act of 1916", Police Magistrates were appointed on 30 January 1917 to act in the capacity of the newly created Industrial Magistrates. Industrial Magistrates heard cases which involved industrial disputes, such as failure to pay wages, breaches of industrial agreements, worker's compensation and other industrial issues.
The Court of Petty Sessions, Mount Isa was proclaimed by the Governor in Council on 30 September 1924 and hence the Industrial Magistrates Court, Mount Isa was established from that date.
After the enactment of the "Justices Amendment Act of 1964", Stipendiary Magistrates and Clerks of the Court were empowered to act as Industrial Magistrates.
Industrial magistrates heard cases which involved industrial disputes, such as failure to pay wages, breaches of industrial agreements, worker's compensation and other industrial issues.
An Industrial Magistrates Court is constituted by a magistrate sitting alone. Appeals from decisions taken by Industrial Magistrates were dealt with by the Industrial Court of Queensland which was the only industrial tribunal in Queensland until the "Industrial Conciliation and Arbitration Act" was enacted in May 1961. The Industrial Conciliation and Arbitration Commission had powers to carry out most of the arbitral functions of the Industrial Court, as previously constituted. The Industrial Court of Queensland was preserved after 1961 but largely judicial in character, dealing with appeals from decisions of, among others, Industrial Magistrates.