Workplace Relations in Australia

The Australian national workplace relations system establishes a safety net of minimum terms and conditions of employment and a range of other workplace rights and responsibilities.

Current workplace relations issues

The Government’s workplace relations programmes, services and information include:

  • The national workplace relations system – established by the Fair Work Act 2009 and other laws.
  • Paid Parental Leave – offers eligible working parents 18 weeks of government funded Parental Leave Pay at the rate of the National Minimum Wage.
  • Fair Entitlements Guarantee (FEG) – provides financial assistance to cover certain unpaid employment entitlements to eligible employees who lose their job due the liquidation or bankruptcy of their employer, where the liquidation or bankruptcy occurred on or after 5 December 2012.
  • Building Code 2013 – outlines requirements for entities which are undertaking Commonwealth funded building work. The supporting guidelines advise Commonwealth agencies on the obligations concerning the Building Code 2013. The Building Code page is also an entry portal to the online tool for assessment of industrial instruments.

There are a number of related agencies that help deliver the Australian Government’s workplace relations system:

Resources

The following is a list of all the resources that are associated with Workplace Relations in Australia.

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  1. Australian Enterprise Agreements Data Request Form

    Created: 21 June 2010  |  Last modified: 20 November 2017

    A form for requesters to fill out then return to us via our dedicated email link to request data.

  2. Australian Government response to the interim report: Protecting Australians from the threat of asbestos

    Created: 21 August 2018

    The government tabled its response to the Interim Report: Protecting Australians from the threat of asbestos in the Senate in August 2018.

  3. COAG Select Council- Terms of Reference

    Created: 21 October 2011  |  Last modified: 21 December 2011

    COAG Select Council - Terms of Reference

  4. Comcare Review- Background information paper (January 2008)

    Created: 17 August 2009  |  Last modified: 28 August 2009

    Comcare Review - Background information paper (January 2008)

  5. Comcare Review- Report

    Created: 23 September 2009  |  Last modified: 25 September 2009

    Comcare Review - Report

  6. Comcare Review- Taylor Fry Consulting Actuaries

    Created: 23 September 2009  |  Last modified: 25 September 2009

    Comcare Review - Taylor Fry Consulting Actuaries

  7. Commonwealth Authorities (current and former) for the purposes of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988

    Created: 2 December 2013

    Commonwealth Authorities (current and former) for the purposes of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988

  8. Communique from the COAG Select Council on Workplace Relations 4

    Created: 1 November 2013

    A Communiqué from the fourth Council of Australian Governments’ Select Council on Workplace Relations – 1 November 2013

  9. Communiqué from the COAG Select Council on Workplace Relations 1

    Created: 18 November 2012  |  Last modified: 18 November 2012

    Communiqué from the COAG Select Council on Workplace Relations 1

  10. Communiqué from the COAG Select Council on Workplace Relations 2

    Created: 18 November 2012  |  Last modified: 18 November 2012

    Communiqué from the COAG Select Council on Workplace Relations 2

  11. Communiqué from the COAG Select Council on Workplace Relations 3

    Created: 4 April 2013

    Communiqué from the COAG Select Council on Workplace Relations 3

  12. Consultation Paper

    Created: 23 June 2010  |  Last modified: 23 June 2010

    Consultation Paper

  13. Deemed Diseases approach- information to support the update of the Comcare Scheme's current deemed diseases legislative instrument

    Created: 20 December 2017

    This report was commissioned by the Department of Employment to support the development of the Deemed Diseases legislative instrument. The report contains epidemiological...

  14. Final Communique from the Select Council on Workplace Relations- 11 April 2014

    Created: 11 April 2014

    The document outlines a range of national workplace relations and work health and safety issues discussed by Senator the Hon. Eric Abetz as the Chair and Members of the Select...

  15. Greenfields Agreement Review

    Created: 15 February 2018

    The Greenfields Agreements Review is a PDF report considering the operation of the first two years of the greenfields agreement making provisions made by the Fair Work Amendment...

  16. Greenfields Agreements Review

    Created: 6 December 2017

    On 3 October 2017, Mr Matthew O’Callaghan, a former Senior Deputy President of the Fair Work Commission was engaged to undertake a review of the greenfields agreement provisions...

  17. Greenfields Agreements Review Background Paper

    Created: 6 October 2017  |  Last modified: 27 October 2017

    The document provides background information, including the scope of the review for stakeholders to be able to make submissions to the Greenfields Agreements Review.

  18. Historical Trends data- approved by quarter

    Created: 31 January 2013  |  Last modified: 16 November 2018

    Historical report containing data about the number of enterprise agreements approved in each quater in the federal workplace relations system, as well as data about the number...

  19. Historical Trends data- current by quarter

    Created: 31 January 2013  |  Last modified: 16 November 2018

    Historical report containing data about the number of enterprise agreements current in each quater in the federal workplace relations system, as well as data about the number of...

  20. Licence Application Process for Self-Insurance by Private Corporations

    Created: 2 December 2013

    Licence Application Process for Self-Insurance by Private Corporations

  21. List of greenfield agreements made

    Created: 6 October 2017

    The document provides details on the greenfield agreements made over the past four years.

  22. Managing Workers Compensation in the Commonwealth

    Created: 8 September 2016  |  Last modified: 17 October 2016

    This booklet presents fact sheets on nine pilot projects undertaken by agencies that are in the Deputy Secretaries’ Working Group for Managing Workers Compensation in the...

  23. Private corporations wishing to apply to self-insure their Workers’ Compensation Liabilities under the Comcare Scheme

    Created: 2 December 2013  |  Last modified: 23 February 2016

    Under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (Section 100), the Minister for Employment may declare a corporation eligible to apply for a workers’ compensation...

  24. Proposed workers' compensation changes in 2015

    Created: 25 March 2015

    Fact Sheet on SRC Act Changes.

  25. Review of the Seacare Scheme Report

    Created: 20 May 2013

    Review of the Seacare Scheme Report

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