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Fair Work Bill 2009


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Fair Work Bill 2008



Type
Government
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Portfolio
Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Summary

Implements a workplace relations system which provides for: the establishment of National Employment Standards, modern awards and national minimum wage orders; the establishment of the statutory offices of Fair Work Australia to administer the system and the Fair Work Ombudsman to promote compliance; fair work instruments; and the creation of Fair Work Divisions in the Federal Court and Federal Magistrate’s Court to hear workplace relations matters.

Progress of bill

For committee reference information, please see the Notes section at the end of this page.

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 25/11/08  
Second reading moved 25/11/08  
Second reading debate 01/12/08  
Second reading debate 02/12/08  
Second reading debate 03/12/08  
Second reading agreed to 04/12/08  
Third reading agreed to 04/12/08  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 05/12/08
(after midnight)
 
Second reading moved 05/12/08
(after midnight)
 
Second reading debate 10/03/09  
Second reading debate 11/03/09  
Second reading agreed to 11/03/09  
Committee of the Whole debate 17/03/09 Amendment details: 40 Government and 2 Opposition (1 as amended by Family First Party) agreed to
Committee of the Whole debate 18/03/09 Amendment details: 4 Australian Greens agreed to
Committee of the Whole debate 19/03/09 Amendment details: 180 Government, 1 Australian Greens and 4 Independent (Xenophon) agreed to
Third reading agreed to 20/03/09
(after midnight)
 
     
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message 20/03/09 Details: House agreed to amendments nos 1 to 30, 35 to 93, 95 to 135, and 137 to 231; and disagreed to Senate amendments nos 31 to 34, 94, and 136
     
Senate
Consideration of House of Reps message 20/03/09 Details: Senate did not insist on its amendments disagreed to by the House
     
Text of bill as passed both Houses 20/03/09  
Assent 07/04/09 Act no.: 28 - Year: 2009
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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  • As passed by both Houses

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

Senate
  • Australian Greens [sheet 5730]
BROWN, Sen Bob

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  • Australian Greens [sheet 5729]
SIEWERT, Sen Rachel

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  • Australian Greens [sheet 5732]
BROWN, Sen Bob

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  • Australian Greens [sheet 5744]
SIEWERT, Sen Rachel

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  • Australian Greens [sheet 5745]
SIEWERT, Sen Rachel

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  • Australian Greens [sheet 5746]
SIEWERT, Sen Rachel

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  • Family First Party [sheet 5733 revised 3]
FIELDING, Sen Steve

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  • Government [sheet PV373]

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  • Government [sheet PV376]

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  • Government [sheet PV374]

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  • Government [sheet QW366 revised]

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  • Government [sheet PZ330]

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  • Government [sheet PD364 revised]

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  • Government [sheet RE403]

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  • Government [sheet QU427]

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  • Government [sheet QC301]

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  • Government [sheet QC300]

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  • Government [sheet PT207]

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  • Government [sheet PT206]

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  • Government [sheet PT205]

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  • Government [sheet PJ447]

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  • Government [sheet PJ446]

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  • Government [sheet PJ444]

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  • Government [sheet PA442]

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  • Government [sheet PY414]

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  • Independent [sheet 5760]
XENOPHON, Sen Nick

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  • Independent [sheet 5759]
XENOPHON, Sen Nick

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  • Opposition [sheet 5739 revised 2]
ABETZ, Sen Eric

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Schedules of amendments

  • Schedule of the amendments made by the Senate

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  • Schedule of the amendments made by the Senate to which the House of Representatives has disagreed

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Notes
  • Referred to Committee (25/11/2008): Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee
  • Committee report (27/02/2009)
  • Access information for House of Representatives and Senate committees
  • An electronic version of this Act is available in ComLaw ( www.comlaw.gov.au )