Nedlac is a statutory body which is governed and mandated by The National Economic Development and Labour Council Act, Act 35 of 1994.

Nedlac’s work programme is largely determined by the legislative and policy programme of government as well as issues tabled by constituencies. These issues can be tabled at a Chamber, Management Committee (Manco) or the Executive Council (Exco).

Issues that are tabled at the Manco or Exco are referred to the appropriate Chambers for negotiation or consultation: Trade and Industry; Public Finance and Monetary Policy; Labour Market; and Development. Issues of a cross cutting nature are dealt with by the Manco and/or Exco usually through special task teams.

There have been no changes in the legislative mandate of Nedlac.