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Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Bill 2009


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

Summary

The bill: repeals the Workplace Relations Act 1996 (other than Schedules relating to registered organisations and transitionally registered associations) and renames it the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009; provides for the application of the National Employment Standards and minimum wages to all national system employees from 1 January 2010; ensures no reduction in employees’ take home pay results from the transition to a modern award; establishes rules in relation to the treatment of existing instruments; introduces transitional bargaining and agreement-making rules; abolishes the office of Workplace Ombudsman (WO); provides for the limited, continued operation of the Australian Fair Pay Commission, WO, Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) and the Australian Industrial Registry and appoints existing full-time AIRC members to Fair Work Australia (FWA); provides that existing investigations and compliance proceedings by the WO will be dealt with by the Fair Work Ombudsman and allows Fair Work Inspectors to exercise new compliance powers in relation to breaches occurring before or after 1 July 2009; gives FWA power to make representation orders in response to union demarcation disputes; establishes rules to enable state-registered organisations to participate in the new federal workplace relations system; and amends the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 and Federal Magistrates Act 1999 to create Fair Work Divisions within those courts.

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 19/03/09  
Second reading moved 19/03/09  
Second reading debate 02/06/09  
Second reading agreed to 02/06/09  
Consideration in detail debate 02/06/09 Amendment details: 110 Government agreed to
Third reading agreed to 02/06/09  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 15/06/09  
Second reading moved 15/06/09  
Second reading debate 15/06/09  
Second reading agreed to 15/06/09  
Committee of the Whole debate 16/06/09 Amendment details: 20 Government and 1 Independent (Xenophon) agreed to
Committee of the Whole debate 17/06/09 Amendment details: 1 Independent (Xenophon) agreed to
Third reading agreed to 17/06/09  
     
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message 18/06/09 Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
     
Text of bill as passed both Houses 18/06/09  
Assent 25/06/09 Act no.: 55 - Year: 2009
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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  • Third 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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  • Revised explanatory memorandum

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

House of Representatives
  • Government [sheet BR206]

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  • Non-Government
KEENAN, Michael, MP

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Senate
  • Australian Greens [sheet 5818]
SIEWERT, Sen Rachel

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  • Government [sheet BJ215]

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  • Independent [sheet 5829]
XENOPHON, Sen Nick

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  • Opposition [sheet 5817]
ABETZ, Sen Eric

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Schedules of amendments

  • Schedule of the amendments made by the Senate

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Notes
  • Referred to Committee (19/03/2009): Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee
  • Committee report (07/05/2009)
  • Access information for House of Representatives and Senate committees
  • An electronic version of this Act is available in ComLaw ( www.comlaw.gov.au )