Industrial umpire Giudice dies aged 74

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Former federal industrial umpire Geoffrey Giudice has died aged 74.

Mr Giudice, who was admitted to the Victorian Bar in 1984, was appointed president of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission by the Howard government in 1997.

In 2009 when the AIRC was replaced by Fair Work Australia he was its first president, retiring in 2012.

He oversaw the implementation of the Workplace Relations Act, WorkChoices and the Fair Work Act.

As well, he was involved in key test cases relating to reasonable hours, redundancy and family provisions.

And in 2012 he was the head of the full bench which delivered the first equal remuneration decision under the Fair Work Act.

"He was a highly intelligent legal professional who will be remembered for his unrivalled industrial relations knowledge, integrity and independent judgment," Australian Resources and Energy Group AMMA chief Steve Knott said on Thursday.

The ACTU says it mourns the loss of and pays its deep respect to the former Fair Work chief.

"Justice Giudice oversaw a significant period of change in the Australian industrial relations landscape and made a substantial contribution to the lives of working people in Australia" an ACTU statement said.

The Australian Financial Review reported Mr Giudice was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour last year and had been receiving palliative care at home in recent weeks.

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