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Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2021

2019-2020-2021

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

As read a third time

 

 

 

 

Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2021

 

No.      , 2021

 

 

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the Fair Work Act 2009 and the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009 , and for related purposes

   

   



Contents

1............................ Short title............................................................................ 1

2............................ Commencement.................................................................. 1

3............................ Schedules............................................................................ 3

Schedule 1—Casual employees                                                                                       4

Part 1—Main amendments                                                                                          4

Fair Work Act 2009                                                                                                      4

Part 2—Other amendments                                                                                       17

Fair Work Act 2009                                                                                                    17

Schedule 2—Modern awards                                                                                         20

Part 1—Additional hours for part-time employees                                       20

Fair Work Act 2009                                                                                                    20

Part 2—Flexible work directions                                                                            29

Fair Work Act 2009                                                                                                    29

Part 3—Repeal of Part 6-4D of the Fair Work Act 2009                          36

Fair Work Act 2009                                                                                                    36

Schedule 3—Enterprise agreements etc.                                                                 37

Part 1—Objects                                                                                                               37

Fair Work Act 2009                                                                                                    37

Part 2—Notice of employee representational rights                                     38

Fair Work Act 2009                                                                                                    38

Part 3—Pre-approval requirements                                                                        39

Fair Work Act 2009                                                                                                    39

Part 4—Voting requirements                                                                                    41

Fair Work Act 2009                                                                                                    41

Part 5—Better off overall test                                                                                 42

Fair Work Act 2009                                                                                                    42

Part 6—NES interaction terms                                                                                44

Fair Work Act 2009                                                                                                    44

Part 7—Variation of single enterprise agreements to cover eligible franchisee employers and their employees                                                                                                        47

Fair Work Act 2009                                                                                                    47

Part 8—Terminating agreements after nominal expiry date                     53

Fair Work Act 2009                                                                                                    53

Part 9—How the FWC may inform itself                                                          54

Fair Work Act 2009                                                                                                    54

Part 10—Time limits for determining certain applications                        56

Fair Work Act 2009                                                                                                    56

Part 11—FWC functions                                                                                            58

Fair Work Act 2009                                                                                                    58

Part 12—Transfer of business                                                                                  59

Fair Work Act 2009                                                                                                    59

Part 13—Cessation of instruments                                                                        60

Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009                60

Schedule 4—Greenfields agreements                                                                        63

Fair Work Act 2009                                                                                                    63

Schedule 5—Compliance and enforcement                                                          66

Part 1—Orders relating to civil remedy provisions                                       66

Division 1—Main amendments                                                                               66

Fair Work Act 2009                                                                                                    66

Division 2—Consequential amendments                                                               69

Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016       69

Part 2—Small claims procedure                                                                              70

Division 1—Main amendments                                                                               70

Fair Work Act 2009                                                                                                    70

Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999                                                        76

Division 2—Amendments contingent on the commencement of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2021                                                                                                       76

Fair Work Act 2009                                                                                                    76

Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2021                                  77

Part 3—Prohibiting employment advertisements with pay rate less than the national minimum wage    78

Fair Work Act 2009                                                                                                    78

Part 4—Compliance notices, infringement notices and enforceable undertakings             80

Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016       80

Fair Work Act 2009                                                                                                    81

Part 5—Sham arrangements                                                                                      82

Fair Work Act 2009                                                                                                    82

Part 6—Functions of the ABC Commissioner and the Fair Work Ombudsman                 83

Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016       83

Fair Work Act 2009                                                                                                    83

Part 7—Criminalising underpayments                                                                 84

Division 1—Main amendments                                                                               84

Fair Work Act 2009                                                                                                    84

Division 2—Consequential amendments                                                               88

Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016       88

Federal Court of Australia Act 1976                                                                      89

Schedule 6—The Fair Work Commission                                                             90

Fair Work Act 2009                                                                                                    90

Schedule 7—Application, saving and transitional provisions                    93

Fair Work Act 2009                                                                                                    93

 

 



This Bill originated in the House of Representatives; and, having this day passed, is now ready for presentation to the Senate for its concurrence.

C. A. SURTEES

Clerk of the House of Representatives

House of Representatives

23 February 2021

A Bill for an Act to amend the Fair Work Act 2009 and the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009 , and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1   Short title

                   This Act is the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Act 2021.

2   Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Section s 1 to 3 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

2.  Schedule 1

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

3.  Schedule 2, Parts 1 and 2

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

4.  Schedule 2, Part 3

The day after the end of the period of 2 years beginning on the day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

5.  Schedules 3 and 4

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

10.  Schedule 5, Part 1

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

11.  Schedule 5, Part 2, Division 1

The day after the end of the period of 6 months beginning on the day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

12.  Schedule 5, Part 2, Division 2

The later of:

(a) immediately after the commencement of the provisions covered by table item 11; and

(b) the commencement of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2021 .

However, the provisions do not commence at all if the event mentioned in paragraph (b) does not occur.

 

13.  Schedule 5, Part 3

The day after the end of the period of 6 months beginning on the day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

14.  Schedule 5, Parts 4 and 5

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

15.  Schedule 5, Part 6

The day after the end of the period of 6 months beginning on the day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

16.  Schedule 5, Part 7

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

17.  Schedule 6

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

18.  Schedule 7, item 1

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

19.  Schedule 7, items 2 and 3

The day after the end of the period of 6 months beginning on the day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this Act.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this Act. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this Act.

3   Schedules

                   Legislation that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.