IR winners in Budget, but Workplace Authority big loser

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IR winners in Budget, but Workplace Authority big loser

The AIRC, Workplace Ombudsman and the ABCC are winners in the Federal Budget, but the Workplace Authority is a big loser as AWAs are phased out.

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The AIRC, Workplace Ombudsman and the ABCC are winners in the Federal Budget, but the Workplace Authority is a big loser as AWAs are phased out.

The Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) has been allocated an additional $3.2m for 2008–09 and $13.3m over four years. The extra payments will presumably cover costs associated with award modernisation and transition to Fair Work Australia.

The Workplace Ombudsman has been allocated an additional $5.8m ($17.7m over two years). The Ombudsman has been particularly vigorous in the last year in prosecuting employers who underpay their employees or tried to force them on to AWAs.

Workplace Authority to be swallowed up

The Workplace Authority funding has been reduced by $30m, with a further reduction of $106.2m in 2009–10. Its work vetting AWAs and, up until the end of 2009, ITEAs is expected to dry up over the next 19 months. From 2010 it will be swallowed up into the Fair Work Australia system.

Fair Pay Commission

The Australian Fair Pay Commission (AFPC) has had its funding reduced by about $1m, with a further $1.3m reduction planned for 2009–10.

ABCC

The Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) budget is apparently maintained - it will receive $32.814m for 2008–09, up from $29.596m in 2007–08.

This is bad news for ACTU and the CFMEU who desperately want the ABCC downgraded and ultimately abolished. It would seem the Federal Government is not going to oblige them.


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