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A government organisation involved in emergency or natural disaster activities. For example, the State Emergency Service (SES) or Country Fire Authority (CFA).

Recording and maintaining mandatory employment information, such as hours of work and wages paid.

When an employee is terminated because the employer no longer requires that job to be done by anyone, except in cases of ordinary and customary turnover of staff. Other known terms: retrenchment and severance pay.

A decision of the Fair Work Commission to reduce the amount of redundancy an employer has to pay.

A State which has handed over, or referred its workplace relations powers to the Commonwealth (ie. all states except WA).

A document between an employer and their employees covering employment conditions. A registered agreement must be approved by and registered with the Fair Work Commission. Examples of registered agreements include enterprise agreements (including single and multi-enterprise) and greenfields agreements.

A regulated road transport contractor is an independent contractor in the road transport industry who meets set criteria.

An employee-like worker or a regulated road transport contractor.

The right an employee has to return to the same position they held before taking parental leave.

The ability for a permit holder to enter a work site. Permit holders are often union officials.

A certificate issued by the Fair Work Commission allowing an entry permit holder to forgo giving an employer the required notice for a right of entry visit.

A timetable showing the days and times employees are expected to attend work.

A day in a roster period that an employee doesn’t have to work. An employee’s day off can be paid or unpaid, depending on the award or registered agreement.