Workplace Relations

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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.

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.

Workers’ compensation

The Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (the SRC Act) establishes the Commonwealth workers’ compensation and rehabilitation scheme.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

Migrant Workers’ Taskforce

The Migrant Workers Taskforce was established in 2016 as part of the Government’s commitment to protect vulnerable workers. It was asked to identify further proposals for improvements in law, law enforcement and investigation, and other practical measures to more quickly identify and rectify any...

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.

Skilled Migration Occupation Lists

The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business (formerly 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,...