Workplace Relations in Australia is now administered by the Attorney‑General’s Department as a result of the Administrative Arrangements Order introduced on 29 May 2019.

This content is under review and will be moved to the Attorney-General’s Department website.

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:


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

Senate Inquiry into Non-conforming Building Products

News | 21 August 2018

Government Response to Interim Report: Protecting Australians from the threat of asbestos.

Trends in Federal Enterprise Bargaining Report for the March Quarter 2018 is now available

News | 5 July 2018

Trends in Federal Enterprise Bargaining (Trends) is a quarterly report that provides data, and an accompanying explanatory summary, on quarterly growth in wages and agreement making in the federal workplace relations system.

Unpaid Work Experience in Australia Report, December 2016

News | 22 December 2016

Supporting Working Parents website and online resources

News | 30 July 2015

On 30 July 2015, the Supporting Working Parents website and online resources were launched at the Australian Human Rights Commission.

The Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment (Improving the Comcare Scheme) Bill 2015

News | 24 March 2015

On 25 March 2015 the Minister for Employment, Senator Eric Abetz, introduced a Bill to amend the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988.

Centre for Workplace Leadership - Workplace Gender and Equality Strategy project

News | 18 March 2015

On 4 March 2015, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, announced that the Centre for Workplace Leadership at the University of Melbourne will be undertaking a Workplace Gender and Equality Strategy project to assist around 10 organisations to meet their...