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Fair Work Laws Amendment (Proper Use of Worker Benefits) Bill 2017

Originating house
House of Representatives
Not Proceeding


Amends the: Fair Work Act 2009 to: prohibit terms of a modern award or an enterprise agreement requiring or permitting contributions for the benefit of an employee to be made to any fund other than a superannuation fund, a registered worker entitlement fund or a registered charity; require any term of a modern award or enterprise agreement that names a worker entitlement fund or insurance product to provide for an employee to choose another fund or insurance product; prohibit any term of a modern award, enterprise agreement or contract of employment permitting or requiring employee contributions to an election fund for an industrial association; and prohibit any action with the intent to coerce an employer to pay amounts to a particular worker entitlement fund, superannuation fund, training fund, welfare fund or employee insurance scheme; Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 to: require registered organisations to adopt, and periodically review, financial management policies; require registered organisations to keep credit card records and report certain loans, grants and donations; require specific disclosure by registered organisations and employers of the financial benefits obtained by them and persons linked to them in connection with employee insurance products, welfare fund arrangements and training fund arrangements; and introduce a range of new penalties relating to compliance with financial management, disclosure and reporting requirements; and Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986, Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to make consequential amendments.

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 19/10/17  
Second reading moved 19/10/17  
Second reading debate 24/10/17  
Referred to Federation Chamber 24/10/17  
Second reading debate 25/10/17  
Reported from Federation Chamber 26/10/17 Details: Bill reported with unresolved question
Second reading agreed to 26/10/17  
Third reading agreed to 26/10/17  
Introduced and read a first time 13/11/17  
Second reading moved 13/11/17  
Lapsed at end of Parliament 01/07/19  

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 (19/10/2017): Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee; Committee report (10/11/2017)
  • Considered by scrutiny committee (15/11/2017): Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills; Scrutiny Digest 13 of 2017
  • Considered by scrutiny committee (28/11/2017): Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights; Report 2 of 2018