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Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017


Type
Government
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Portfolio
Employment

Summary

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 to: increase maximum civil penalties for certain serious contraventions of the Act; hold franchisors and holding companies responsible for certain contraventions of the Act by their franchisees or subsidiaries where they knew or ought reasonably to have known of the contraventions and failed to take reasonable steps to prevent them; clarify the prohibition on employers unreasonably requiring their employees to make payments in relation to the performance of work; provide the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) with evidence-gathering powers similar to those available to corporate regulators such as the Australian Securities and Investment Commission and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission; and prohibit the hindering or obstructing of the FWO or an inspector in the performance of his or her functions or powers, or the giving of false or misleading information or documents.

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 01/03/17  
Second reading moved 01/03/17  
Second reading debate 09/05/17  
Second reading debate 10/05/17  
Second reading debate 11/05/17  
Second reading agreed to 11/05/17  
Consideration in detail debate 11/05/17  
Third reading agreed to 11/05/17  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 13/06/17  
Second reading moved 13/06/17  
Second reading debate 10/08/17  
Second reading debate 14/08/17  
Second reading debate 15/08/17  
Second reading agreed to 15/08/17  
Committee of the Whole debate 15/08/17  
Committee of the Whole debate 16/08/17 Amendment details: 6 Opposition agreed to
Committee of the Whole debate 17/08/17  
Committee of the Whole debate 04/09/17 Amendment details: 5 Government and 10 Opposition [1 as amended] agreed to
Third reading agreed to 04/09/17  
     
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message 05/09/17 Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
     
Finally passed both Houses 05/09/17  
Assent 14/09/17 Act no: 101 - Year: 2017
     

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

House of Representatives
  • Non-Government
BANDT, Adam, MP

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  • Non-Government
BANDT, Adam, MP

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Senate
  • Australian Greens [sheet 8145]
RHIANNON, Sen Lee

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  • Government [sheet JH138]

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  • Liberal Democratic Party/Australian Conservatives [sheet 8204 revised 2]
LEYONHJELM, Sen David
BERNARDI, Sen Cory

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  • Nick Xenophon Team [sheet 8214]
XENOPHON, Sen Nick

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  • Opposition [sheet 8218]
CAMERON, Sen Doug

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  • Opposition [sheet 8144]
CAMERON, Sen Doug

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Schedules of amendments

  • Schedule of the amendments made by the Senate

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Notes
  • Referred to Committee (23/03/2017): Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee; Committee report (09/05/2017)
  • An electronic version of this Act is available on the Federal Register of Legislation (www.legislation.gov.au)