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Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Take Home Pay of All Workers) Bill 2017

Originating house
House of Representatives
Not Proceeding


Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 to: ensure that penalty rates in a modern award cannot be varied to make the penalty rate lower than that in force under the award on 30 June 2017; provide that any such determination made by the Fair Work Commission made on or after 22 February 2017 is of no effect; and ensure that penalty rates cannot be reduced in any future greenfields or non-greenfields enterprise agreement if an employee is worse off than they would have been under the award, by virtue of the fact that the employee works only or mainly on days on which penalty rates are paid.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 19/06/17  
Second reading moved 19/06/17  
Removed from the Notice Paper in accordance with (SO 42) 13/02/18  

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

  • Referred to Committee (22/06/2017): House Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training; Statement made discharging the committee's requirement to provide a report (13/02/18)
  • Considered by scrutiny committee (09/08/2017): Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills; Scrutiny Digest 8 of 2017