Fair Work Act

What You Need to Know

The Commonwealth government’s Fair Work Act 2009 commenced on 1 July 2009. This Act replaced the Workplace Relations Act 1996 and created a new Industrial Relations system in Australia. At six hundred and eight pages, the Fair Work Act is no light reading and what follows is a brief summary of the major changes NECA SA/NT members will need to be aware of.

The Commonwealth Fair Work Act applies to employers who were covered by the Workplace Relations Act.

The Act sees ten minimum conditions of employment imported into every employment relationship covered by the Act (called the ‘National Employment Standards’(NES)).

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