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Fair Work Amendment (Repeal of 4 Yearly Reviews and Other Measures) Bill 2017


Type
Government
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Assent
Portfolio
Employment

Summary

Amends the: Fair Work Act 2009 to respond to recommendations of the Productivity Commission’s final report into the Workplace Relations Framework by: removing the requirement for the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to conduct 4 yearly reviews of modern awards from the beginning of 1 January 2018; and enabling the FWC to overlook minor procedural or technical errors when approving an enterprise agreement, if it is satisfied that those errors were not likely to have disadvantaged employees; and Fair Work Act 2009 and Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009 to respond to recommendations of the Report of Inquiry into Complaints about the Honourable Vice President Michael Lawler of the Fair Work Commission and Related Matters by applying the complaint-handling powers of the Minister for Employment and the President of the FWC to FWC members who formerly held office in the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, and applying the Judicial Misbehaviour and Incapacity (Parliamentary Commissions) Act 2012 in relation to FWC members.

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 20/06/17  
Second reading agreed to 20/06/17  
Consideration in detail debate 20/06/17 Amendment details: 4 Government agreed to
Third reading agreed to 20/06/17  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 22/06/17  
Second reading moved 22/06/17  
Second reading debate 04/09/17  
Second reading debate 05/09/17  
Second reading debate 04/12/17  
Second reading agreed to 04/12/17  
Committee of the Whole debate 04/12/17 Amendment details: 2 Opposition agreed to
Third reading debated 04/12/17  
Third reading agreed to 04/12/17  
     
House of Representatives
Message from Senate reported 04/12/17  
Consideration of Senate message 05/12/18 Details: House disagreed to Senate amendments
     
Senate
Consideration of House of Reps message 05/12/18 Details: Senate did not insist on its amendments
     
Finally passed both Houses 05/12/18  
Assent 11/12/18 Act no: 170 - Year: 2018
     

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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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum

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  • Revised explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

House of Representatives
  • Government [sheet MB123]

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  • Government [sheet MB113]

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  • Non-Government
O'CONNOR, Brendan, MP

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  • Non-Government
O'CONNOR, Brendan, MP

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  • Non-Government
BANDT, Adam, MP

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Senate
  • Australian Greens [sheet 8088]
RHIANNON, Sen Lee

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  • Opposition [sheet 8173]
CAMERON, Sen Doug

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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
  • Considered by scrutiny committee (22/03/2017): Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills; Scrutiny Digest 3 of 2017
  • Referred to Committee (23/03/2017): Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee; Committee report (22/05/2017)
  • An electronic version of this Act is available on the Federal Register of Legislation (www.legislation.gov.au)