Federal IR legislation for coming parliamentary session

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Federal IR legislation for coming parliamentary session

The Federal Government has released its list of legislation proposed for introduction in the upcoming Spring Session of Parliament.

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The Federal Government has released its list of legislation proposed for introduction in the upcoming Spring Session of Parliament. Industrial Relations and OHS Bills are prominent.

The extract below indicates that the major IR reforms and workplace participation promotion are down for introduction and passage through Parliament in the Spring Session.

Legislation proposed for introduction in the 2005 Spring sitting

(Bills marked * are proposed for introduction and passage in the Spring sittings)

Employment and Workplace Relations:

  • Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (Welfare to Work and Other Measures) Bill *

    • Implement a range of initiatives that form part of the government’s Welfare to Work measures which is aimed at comprehensively rebalancing Australia’s welfare system to encourage increased workforce participation for those with the capacity to work, thereby reducing welfare dependence.

  • National Occupational Health and Safety Commission (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill *

  • Australian Workplace Safety Standards Bill *

    • Repeal the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission Act 1985 and deal with consequential and transitional matters arising from that repeal.

    • Provide for the making of occupational health and safety standards.

  • Workplace Relations Amendment (Reform) Bill *

    • Implement a program of substantial workplace relations reform including improving the mechanism for setting minimum wages and conditions and simplifying the agreement making process.

  • Independent Contractors Bill

    • Protect the status of independent contractors and minimise unnecessary regulatory constraints placed on them by workplace relations laws.

  • Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Amendment (Coverage) Bill

    • Align coverage between the Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Act 1991 (OHS(CE) Act) and the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act) by providing that corporations which are licensed to accept liability for and manage claims under the SRC Act are also covered by the OHS(CE) Act, and ensuring that the OHS(CE) Act applies to all Commonwealth authorities covered by the SRC Act.

The whole document can be viewed here

Construction Industry legislation

The Building and Construction Industry Improvement continues to be debated in the upcoming session:

House of representatives - draft legislation programme Spring Sittings – 9 - 11 August 2005

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