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

Fair Work Legislation

The Fair Work Act 2009 and the Fair Work Regulations 2009 are the main legislation we deal with. They govern the employee / employer relationship in Australia. They provides a safety net of minimum entitlements, enables flexible working arrangements and fairness at work and prevents discrimination against employees.

The Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009 allowed certain parts of the Fair Work system to gradually phase in from 1 July 2009 until around 2014.

Visit The Fair Work system page for more information about the system.

The Fair Work (State Referral and Consequential and Other Amendments) Act 2009  and the Fair Work Amendment (State Referrals and Other Measures) Act 2009 changes 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.

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Other relevant legislation

Road Safety Remuneration Act 2012

The Road Safety Remuneration Act 2012 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. Find out more information about the Road safety remuneration system.

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Independent Contractors Act 2006

The Independent Contractors Act protects the rights of genuine independent contractors to enter into a contract for services and prevents interference by any other party.

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Freedom of Information Act 1982

The Freedom of Information Act gives members of the public the right to access official documents of the Australian Government and its agencies.

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Privacy Act 1998

The Privacy Act regulates how the Australian Government and its agencies use and distribute information they collect about individuals.

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