What was the WorkChoices legislation?

What was the WorkChoices legislation?

WorkChoices required that employers provide employees with five minimum entitlements, which covered maximum ordinary working hours, annual leave, parental leave, personal/carer’s leave and minimum pay scales. These five minimum entitlements were referred to as the Australian Fair Pay and Conditions Standard.

Who introduced WorkChoices?

The Coalition Government introduced the Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) Bill 2005 on 2 November 2005 (see Bills Digest No. 66 2005-06, see also the Parliamentary Library s Internet guide to the Work Choices Bill, including proposed amendments from non-government parties).

What did the Work Choices Act do?

The Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) Act 2005 came into effect in 2006. The 2005 Act was expected to carry forward the evolution of Australia’s workplace relations to improve productivity, increase wages, balance work and family life, and reduce unemployment.

What are the key elements of the workplace relations framework under the Fair Work Act 2009?

As set out in the Fair Work Act and other workplace legislation, the key elements of our workplace relations framework are:

  • A safety net of minimum terms and conditions of employment.
  • A system of enterprise-level collective bargaining underpinned by bargaining obligations and rules governing industrial action.

When was the Workplace Relations Act repealed?

1 July 2009
In 2005, the Workplace Relations Amendment Act 2005 was passed by the Howard Government….

Workplace Relations Act 1996
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Commenced 1 January 1997
Repealed 1 July 2009
Introduced by Howard Government

Why did the majority reject the distinctive character test in the WorkChoices decision?

The distinctive character test did not enjoy a majority in any decision. For example, the Justices who constituted the majority in Dingjan concluded that the relevant provision was not a law “with respect to” constitutional corporations.

What was wrong with work choices?

They argued that as a result of WorkChoices they were losing conditions at work, penalty rates and overtime were being taken away, and too many of them were being unfairly dismissed, with little remedial action available.

What are my rights at work?

The right to be shown how to work safely shown how to use any equipment that you will be operating. trained in how to use equipment safely. provided with safety equipment, also known as personal protective equipment (PPE) and shown how to use and wear it properly.

What does the Fair Work Act regulate?

The Fair Work Act broadly covers workplace relations, and provides for the minimum employment standards and regulates on a range of employment and industrial matters.

Is the Workplace Relations Act still in force?

The Act was repealed on 1 July 2009 by the Fair Work Act 2009 passed by the Rudd Labor Government, and superseded by the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009.

What legislation did the Fair Work Act replace?

It repealed the previous Howard Government’s WorkChoices 2005 legislation and started a new series, still in force as of September 2020.