Workplace Relations

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Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency

The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency provides a national focus on asbestos issues which go beyond workplace safety to encompass environmental and public health issues.

Australia's National Workplace Relations System

The national workplace relations system is established by the Fair Work Act 2009 and other laws and covers the majority of private sector employees and employers in Australia.

Building Industry

On 2 December 2016 the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) was established under the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016, replacing Fair Work Building and Construction.

Deregulation Agenda

The Australian Government is committed to improving the quality of its regulation, including minimising the burden of regulation on businesses, community organisations and individuals.

Enterprise Agreements Data

The Department of Jobs and Small Business and the Fair Work Commission compile and publish reports on federal enterprise agreements in Australia.

Fair Entitlements Guarantee (FEG)

The Australian Government provides financial assistance to cover certain unpaid employment entitlements to eligible employees who lose their job due to the liquidation or bankruptcy of their employer.

International Labour Issues

The Department of Jobs and Small Business manages Australia's engagement with the International Labour Organization (ILO), a specialised agency of the United Nations, on international labour issues. Australia is also a member of the ILO Governing Body, which is the ILO’s key policy-making body...

Migrant Workers’ Taskforce

As part of the Government’s commitment to protect vulnerable workers, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Employment, announced the establishment of a cross-agency Migrant Workers’ Taskforce. ...

Paid Parental Leave

Paid Parental Leave scheme provides eligible working parents with up to 18 weeks of government-funded Parental Leave Pay at the rate of the National Minimum Wage.

Road Safety Remuneration System

The Road Safety Remuneration System commenced on 1 July 2012 and ceased to operate from 12am on 21 April 2016. It consisted of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal and a separate compliance and education framework administered by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Skilled Migration Occupation Lists

The Department of Jobs and Small Business regularly reviews the skilled migration occupation lists to ensure they are responsive to Australia’s labour market needs. These lists underpin a range of employer-sponsored, points-tested and state-nominated visa programs.

Social Enterprise Development and Investment Funds

The Social Enterprise Development and Investment Funds (SEDIF) offer finance and support to eligible social enterprises to help them grow their business and increase the impact of their work in their communities.

Workers’ compensation reform

The Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (the SRC Act) covers injured Australian Government employees and employees of corporations that hold a self-insurer licence under the Act.

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.