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Fair Work Amendment Bill 2013


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

Summary

Amends the: Fair Work Act 2009 to: provide that any period of unpaid special maternity leave taken by an eligible employee does not reduce that employee’s entitlement to unpaid parental leave; increase the maximum period of concurrent unpaid parental leave from three to eight weeks; allow leave to be taken in separate periods within the first 12 months of the birth or adoption of a child; expand access to the right to request flexible working arrangements; require employers to consult with employees about changes to regular rosters or ordinary work hours; enable pregnant employees to transfer to a safe job regardless of their period of service; require the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to take into account the need to provide additional remuneration for certain employees; enable an employee who is bullied at work to apply to the FWC for an order to stop the bullying; allow the FWC to arbitrate general protection dismissal disputes and unlawful termination disputes when parties consent; align the time for making an unlawful termination application with the time limit of 21 days that applies for making general protection dismissal and unfair dismissal applications; clarify the FWC’s power to conciliate, mediate, express opinions and make recommendations at a conference; allow FWC members to be concurrently appointed to positions under Commonwealth or territory laws; establish a framework under which permit holders may enter premises for investigation and discussion purposes; and expressly confer on the FWC the function of promoting cooperative and productive workplace relations and preventing disputes; Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Act 2012 in relation to disclosure obligations of registered organisations; and Fair Work Act 2009 and Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Act 2012 to make technical amendments.

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 21/03/13  
Second reading moved 21/03/13  
Second reading debate 04/06/13  
Second reading debate 06/06/13  
Second reading agreed to 06/06/13  
Consideration in detail debate 06/06/13 Amendment details: 19 Government agreed to
Third reading agreed to 06/06/13  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 17/06/13  
Second reading moved 17/06/13  
Second reading debate 27/06/13  
Second reading agreed to 27/06/13  
Third reading agreed to 27/06/13  
     
Text of bill as passed both Houses 27/06/13  
Assent 28/06/13 Act no.: 73 - Year: 2013
     

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 1

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum 2

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  • Explanatory Memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

House of Representatives
  • Government [sheet BW301]

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  • Government [sheet AB231]

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  • Government [sheet BG268]

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  • Non-Government
LEY, Sussan, MP

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LEY, Sussan, MP

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KATTER, Bob, Jnr, MP

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BANDT, Adam, MP

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BANDT, Adam, MP

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BANDT, Adam, MP

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BANDT, Adam, MP

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BANDT, Adam, MP

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BANDT, Adam, MP

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BANDT, Adam, MP

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BANDT, Adam, MP

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  • Non-Government
BANDT, Adam, MP

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  • Non-Government
BANDT, Adam, MP

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Senate
  • Opposition [sheet 7389]
ABETZ, Sen Eric

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  • Opposition [sheet 7390]
ABETZ, Sen Eric

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Schedules of amendments

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Notes
  • Referred to Committee (21/03/2013): Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee; Committee report (14/05/2013)
  • Referred to Committee (21/03/2013): House Standing Committee on Education and Employment; Committee report (05/06/2013)
  • Access information for House of Representatives and Senate committees
  • An electronic version of this Act is available in ComLaw ( www.comlaw.gov.au )