On 13 March 2015 the Department of Employment lodged its submission to the Productivity Commission’s review of the workplace relations framework. The submission provides the Productivity Commission with data and information on enterprise agreements and modern awards, methods of pay setting, and legislation to change the Fair Work Act 2009 that is currently before the Parliament.
The Department’s submission is now available on this website.
The Government committed to the Productivity Commission review prior to the 2013 election and commissioned the review on 19 December 2014. The terms of reference for the review require the Productivity Commission to assess the performance of the workplace relations framework and make recommendations about how the laws can be improved to maximise outcomes for Australian employers, employees and the economy.
The review is impartial and all interested parties have the opportunity to participate. On 22 January 2015 the Productivity Commission released five issues papers, which are available on the Commission’s website, and called for submissions in response. The Productivity Commission has indicated that it will publish its draft report in July 2015 and provide its final report to the Government in November 2015.
Further information on the review can be found on the Productivity Commission’s website.