The Fair Work Act 2009 (FW Act) is the key piece of Commonwealth legislation regulating employment and workplace relations in Australia. It provides for terms and conditions of employment and sets out the rights and responsibilities of employees, employers and employee organisations in relation to that employment.
Most provisions of the Act took effect on 1 July 2009, replacing the Workplace Relations Act 1996 (Cth).
The FW Act establishes a safety net comprising
The Act also establishes an institutional framework for the administration of the system, comprising the Fair Work Commission (FWC) and Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO).
The Fair Work Commission administers the Act, reviewing the legislation including updating entitlements, national minimum wages, and operates as a tribunal to hear claims and declare rulings
The Fair Work Ombudsman governs and investigates allegations of breaches in the workplace and initiates legal proceedings.
Working in conjunction with the Act, the Fair Work Regulations 2009 (Cth) provides additional definitions, explains the application of the Act and elaborates on certain terms and conditions of employment.
The FW Act runs 616 pages and, at the time of writing this post, the Fair Work Regulations is 171 pages. That’s a lot of information for the average business owner to read, let alone understand and keep up with. Our suggestion? Don’t.
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