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The FEG is a payment scheme that helps employees who have lost their job because their employer has gone into liquidation or is declared bankrupt. Employees can claim certain entitlements that their employer can’t pay. Previously known as: General Employee Entitlements and Redundancy Scheme (GEERS)

An independent Australian Government agency created by the Fair Work Act 2009 whose role includes making and varying awards, approving registered agreements, setting minimum wages, and dealing with a range of disputes including unfair dismissal claims. Previously known as: Fair Work Australia

A document with information about workplace laws that an employer has to provide to all new employees.

An independent Australian Government agency created by the Fair Work Act 2009, whose role is to promote harmonious, productive and cooperative workplace relations and ensure compliance with Australian workplace laws. Other known term: Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman.

A national workplace relations system introduced by the Fair Work Act 2009 that provides for the minimum employment standards and regulates on a range of employment and industrial matters.

A contract of employment that is made for a specific period of time.

An arrangement that allows an employee to request to change their work hours, frequency of work or location of employment.

A business arrangement that allows an individual, partnership or company to operate under the name of an already established business.

An employee engaged to work 38 hours per week (some awards and registered agreements may state more or less than 38 hours of work) on an ongoing basis and who receives benefits like paid leave and notice of termination.