The Fair Work Act

The Fair Work Act 2009 provides for the establishment of Fair Work Australia. Along with the Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman, Fair Work Australia will replace the seven existing workplace relations agencies and oversee the new national workplace relations system.

Fair Work Australia will take on a number of powers previously held by other workplace relations agencies including:

  • varying awards
  • making orders on matters such as minimum wage, good faith bargaining and industrial action
  • approving agreements
  • determining unfair dismissal claims.

From 1 January 2010, there will be changes to minimum employment conditions. A new set of awards are being introduced to streamline and simplify thousands of industry and occupation based awards. Ten National Employment Standards will also be established, covering the following essential employment conditions: 

  • maximum weekly hours of work
  • the right to request flexible working arrangements
  • parental leave and related entitlements
  • annual leave
  • personal/carer’s leave and compassionate leave
  • community service leave
  • long service leave
  • public holidays
  • notice of termination and redundancy pay
  • provision of a Fair Work Information Statement, which will detail the rights and entitlements of employees under the new system and how to seek advice and assistance.

For further information and assistance

Fair Work for Small Business is the one-stop shop for information for small businesses on the Fair Work Act. Fair Work for Small Business provides you with free information at your fingertips including: free online webinars, free email newsletters, free online guides and free informative whitepapers. 

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