Related government sites

This page has links to other government bodies and support services websites.

Workplace relations

The Fair Work Commission (the Commission) is the independent national workplace relations tribunal. The Commission carries out a range of functions relating to awards and agreements, termination and industrial action and disputes. The Commission also has a role in regulating unions and employer associations. Learn more at:

Tax

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) provides a number of tools and resources to help employers, owner drivers and hirers meet their tax obligations. For more information on state and territory payroll tax, visit business.gov.au – Payroll tax.

Workplace health and safety

Each state and territory has a local workplace health and safety body, which regulates and investigates breaches of laws about workplace health and safety, including bullying and harassment.

Safe Work Australia is the statutory agency leading the development of national policy to improve work health and safety and workers' compensation arrangements across Australia.

Comcare (Commonwealth) works with employees and employers to minimise the impact of harm in the workplace.

Workplace sexual harassment

The Australian Human Rights Commission and Respect@Work Council have a tailored website to help workplaces prevent and respond to sexual harassment and create a work culture that is safe, respectful and equal for everyone.

The website is a one-stop-shop for information relating to workplace sexual harassment. It includes resources, education and assessment tools, articles, and other materials. All material is free and easily accessible. Visit the Respect@Work website.

Human trafficking and slavery

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is responsible for investigating human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices. This may include servitude, forced labour and forced marriage, which are complex crimes and a major violation of human rights.

Modern slavery

Certain businesses must report on their actions to assess and address modern slavery risks in their operations and supply chains.

The Modern Slavery Act 2018 sets out these requirements and aims to identify and address modern slavery risks. Learn more at the Attorney-General's Department website.

Anti-discrimination

We can help with discrimination issues in the workplace. To find out how we can help go to Protection from discrimination at work.

If we can't help, there are national and state or territory anti-discrimination bodies that may be able to assist.

National anti-discrimination

The Australian Human Rights Commission considers and accepts complaints of workplace discrimination, harassment and bullying covered under federal law. This may include bullying or harassment complaints based on race, sex, age, sexual orientation, religion or disability.

The Commission also has a free National Information Service that provides information and referrals for individuals and employers on a range of discrimination issues.

State and territory anti-discrimination

Each state and territory has a local anti-discrimination body, which can consider and investigate breaches of state or territory anti-discrimination laws in workplaces. To resolve complaints, these bodies often use conciliation between both parties in their dispute resolution process:

Security of payment

Security of payment refers to a building contractor’s right to receive payments that are due under their contract. Each state and territory has its own security of payment laws that provide a statutory mechanism for resolving payment disputes.

The agencies listed below can provide information on relevant laws, details or adjudicators for payment delays and disputes in each state or territory.

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