ACT and NT legislation

In the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory, individual industrial relations systems have not been enacted and, consequently, in those jurisdictions, award and agreement employees and employers are covered by the federal industrial relations system.

Overview
 
In the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory, individual industrial relations systems have not been enacted and, consequently, in those jurisdictions, all employees and employers are covered by the federal industrial relations system, ie the Fair Work Act.
 
Other legislation also applies. See links below. The contents of some of this legislation are briefly noted immediately below:
 
Long service leave legislation
 
Long Service Leave Act 1976 (ACT)
 
This statute provides for 10 weeks long service leave after 10 years service for all employees not covered by federal awards or agreements.
 
Long Service Leave Act 1981 (NT)
 
This statue provides for 13 weeks long service leave after 10 years service for all employees not covered by federal awards or agreements.

 
Anti-discrimination legislation
 
Anti-discrimination legislation has been enacted in both jurisdictions. Anti-discrimination legislation applies to all employers and employees in the jurisdictions.
 
Australian Capital Territory Discrimination Act 1991 (ACT)
 
The grounds of unlawful discrimination under the Discrimination Act 1991 (ACT) are:
  • sex
  • sexual harassment
  • sexuality
  • transsexuality
  • age
  • profession
  • trade, occupation or calling
  • relationship status
  • status as a parent or carer
  • pregnancy
  • race
  • racial vilification
  • religious or political conviction
  • impairment
  • membership or non-membership of association of employers or employees
  • breastfeeding
  • spent convictions
  • disability
  • religious practice in employment
  • having had one of the enumerated attributes in the past, or
  • association with person with an above attribute
Areas covered:
  • work
  • employment agencies
  • education
  • access to premises
  • goods, services or facilities
  • accommodation
  • clubs
  • qualifying bodies
  • professional or trade organisations
  • requests etc for information
Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Act
 
The grounds of unlawful discrimination under the Anti-Discrimination Act (NT) are:
  • race
  • sex
  • sexuality
  • age
  • marital status
  • pregnancy
  • parenthood
  • breastfeeding
  • impairment
  • trade union or employer association activity
  • religious belief or activity
  • irrelevant criminal record
  • political opinion
  • affiliation or activity
  • irrelevant medical record, or
  • association with person with an above attribute
Other unlawful conduct: Sexual harassment

Areas covered:
  • education
  • work
  • accommodation
  • goods and services
  • facilities
  • clubs
  • insurance and superannuation
 
Workplace health and safety legislations

Both the ACT and NT have adopted the uniform Workplace Health and Safety legislation that has been progressively introduced across Australia from 2012 — see links below. This principal legislation governs the WHS rights and obligations of all relevant persons in the respective jurisdictions.

Links to ACT and Northern Territory legislation

ACT Annual Leave Act 1973

ACT Discrimination Act 1991

ACT Holidays Act 1958

ACT Long Service Leave Act 1976

ACT Work Heath and Safety Act 2011

ACT Workers Compensation Act 1951

NT Annual Leave Act

NT Anti-Discrimination Act

NT Long Service Leave Act

NT Public Holidays Act

NT Work Health Act 1986

NT Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act

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