Legislation

We administer a number of laws and regulations, that govern Australia’s workplaces:

This is the main legislation that governs the employee / employer relationship in Australia. It provides a safety net of minimum entitlements, enables flexible working arrangements and fairness at work and prevents discrimination against employees.

Under this law, certain parts of the Fair Work system were gradually phased in from 1 July 2009 until around 2014.

Changed the Fair Work Act to allow states to refer matters to the Australian federal government to form a national workplace relations system. Before this, workplace laws were set and administered by most individual states. States kept their workplace relations powers over state and local government employees.

Set up the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal external-icon.png, a national tribunal responsible for setting the minimum pay rates and conditions for road transport drivers.

Protects the right of genuine independent contractors to enter into a contract for services and prevents interference by any other party.

Gives members of the public the right to access official documents of the Australian Government and its agencies.

Regulates how the Australian Government and its agencies use and distribute information they collect about individuals.

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