Fair Work Act Review

A review of the Fair Work Act took place in 2011 and 2012

The Fair Work Act 2009 and the Workplace Relations Amendment (Transition to Forward with Fairness) Act 2008 came into full effect on 1 January 2010.

Due to the scale of the reforms to Australia’s workplace relation system, the former Australian Government made a commitment to review the operation of this legislation after two years.

The Fair Work Act Review was conducted by a panel of eminent Australians, comprising Reserve Bank Board Member Dr John Edwards, former Federal Court Judge, the Honourable Michael Moore and noted legal and workplace relations academic Professor Emeritus Ron McCallum AO.

As part of the review the panel invited employee organisations, employer organisations and other interested parties to provide submissions in response to a background paper. The panel also conducted extensive consultations and roundtable discussions with key stakeholders.

The panel received more than 250 submissions. Submissions and supplementary submissions are available, except where the submitting party requested that their submission remain confidential.

The Fair Work Act Review Panel’s final report, Towards more productive and equitable workplaces: an evaluation of the Fair Work legislation was released on 2 August 2012.

The terms of reference for the review are also available.