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Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity No. 2) Bill 2019

Originating house
House of Representatives
Not Proceeding
Industrial Relations


Amends the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 to: include certain serious criminal offences as a new category of 'prescribed offence' for the purposes of the automatic disqualification regime for registered organisations; establish an offence for a disqualified person to continue to act as an official or in a way that influences the affairs of an organisation; allow the Federal Court to disqualify officials from holding office in certain circumstances or if they are otherwise not a fit and proper person; allow the Federal Court to cancel the registration of an organisation and make alternative orders on a range of grounds; expand the grounds on which the Federal Court may order remedial action to deal with governance issues in an organisation; expressly provide that the Federal Court may appoint an administrator to an organisation or part of an organisation as part of a remedial scheme; introduce a public interest test for amalgamations of registered organisations where the Fair Work Commissioner has determined the test should apply; provide that the commissioner must prioritise matters that raise serious or systemic concerns in carrying out his or her functions; provide that the minister must cause an independent review of the amendments made by the bill as soon as practicable after the end of two years after the amendments commence; and make minor and technical amendments.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 04/12/19  
Second reading moved 04/12/19  
Second reading debate 05/12/19  
Second reading agreed to 05/12/19  
Third reading moved 05/12/19  
Third reading debated 05/12/19  
Third reading agreed to 05/12/19  
Introduced and read a first time 05/12/19  
Second reading moved 05/12/19  
Discharged from Notice Paper 11/06/20  

Text of bill

  • First reading


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest

  • Considered by scrutiny committee (05/02/2020): Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights; Report 4 of 2020
  • Considered by scrutiny committee (05/02/2020): Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills; Scrutiny Digest 1 of 2020