What’s coming up on federal IR front


What’s coming up on federal IR front

The Labor Government has a number of IR changes in sight and has put in train processes to achieve change.


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The Labor Government has a number of IR changes in sight and has put in train processes to achieve change. Some relevant dates are noted.
Award modernisation
The AIRC has announced the process for the first stage of award modernisation, and the list of 14 priority industries that will be used to commence this process during 2008.

The priority industries are: coal mining, glue and gelatine, higher education, hospitality, metal and associated industries, mining, private sector clerical occupations, racing, rail, retail, rubber, plastic and cablemaking, security, textiles, clothing and footwear, and vehicle manufacturing. 

Further submissions on the modernisation of awards within these priority industries are due by 25 July 2008.

The AIRC is maintaining a dedicated award modernisation website to assist this process.
ABCC  review
The Government announced on 22 May 2008 that former Federal Court Judge, Murray Wilcox QC, will review and report to the Commonwealth on arrangements to abolish the Australian Building and Construction Commission and replace it with a specialist building and construction division of the inspectorate of the new Fair Work Australia agency.
The terms of reference are to be finalised by end of June 2008, with a final report due by end of March 2009.
2008 Minimum Wage Decision/AFPC Increase

The Australian Fair Pay Commission is scheduled to announce its next decision in July 2008.

Any wage increase is likely to  take effect from October 2008 (the 2007 increase commenced on 1 October).  
Paid parental leave inquiry 

The Productivity Commission is conducting an inquiry into paid maternity, paternity and parental leave and options for a national scheme.

The overall timetable for the inquiry is:

  • Release of Issues Paper - April 2008

  • Initial public hearings - May 2008

  • Initial submissions due - 2 June 2008

  • Release of Draft Report - September 2008

  • Public hearings for Draft Report - Late-November 2008

  • Final Report - 28 February 2009


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