Key internet links on Employment Law

This guide contains links to Internet resources and documents in the area of federal employment law, as well as providing links to other guides and directories which contain material on state, territory and overseas law.

Court and Tribunal decisions, law reports, awards, etc

AustLII
Select Federal Magistrates Court, Federal Court and High Court for federal employment decisions.

Fair Work Commission
The national workplace relations tribunal.

 High Court Workchoices decision 2006
The Court decides that the Commonwealth has the constitutional power to legislate for the employees of corporations in New South Wales v Commonwealth [2006] HCA 52.

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Key National Bodies

Australian Government Bodies

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Information about national legislation and policy relating to private and public sector employment and industrial law.

Workplace Gender Equality Agency
The Agency is responsible for administering the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Act), which puts a focus on promoting and improving gender equality outcomes for women and men in Australian workplaces.

Fair Work Ombudsman
The Government's employment law website which includes the text of awards, agreements etc.

Other Key Bodies

Australian Centre for Research in Employment and Work (Monash University)

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)
The peak council of Australian business associations. ACCI's members are employer organisations in all States and Territories and all major sectors of Australian industry

Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)
The peak union body representing 46 affiliated unions.

Australian Industry Group (AiG)
The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) is a peak industry association in Australia which along with its affiliates represents the interests of more than 60,000 businesses across a range of sectors.

Australian Labour Law Association

Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law (University of Melbourne)

HR Nicholls Society
Originally established in 1986 to lobby against the Australian Labor Party's industrial relations policies. Its conference papers from 1986 are available on this website.

Workplace Research Centre (University of Sydney)

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Australian sites

AustLII Workplace Relations Law Library
Links to federal and state organisations as well as a guide to industrial law material hosted by AustLII.

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Overseas sites

International Labor Organisation
Includes NATLEX, ILO’s database of national  labour, social security and related human rights legislation. Information is categorised under the headings of country, subject or date of text.
    NATLEX

Hieros Gamos
Links to international industrial law information.

Emplaw: British Employment Law Super Portal
Access to UK and European Union industrial law.

University of Toronto
Links to Canadian employment and labour law.

University of Waikato
Links to New Zealand employment law information.

Cornell University
Links to United States employment law information.

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Key Publications

For further items, search the Parlinfo database and select Library for journal articles, books and library publications, and Media for newspaper articles and media releases. Although full text searchable, for copyright reasons some material on Parlinfo may be available only to those using the Parliament House computer network.

Encyclopedias, books etc.

Halsburys laws of Australia (LexisNexis) Title 230. Industrial Law
Commercial publication. Not available outside Parliament.

The Laws of Australia (Thomson Reuters) Title 26. Labour Law
Commercial publication. Not available outside Parliament.

CCH Online
Detailed commentary on employment law topics. The Library subscribes to employment and HR; industrial relations and workers compensation titles. Commercial publication. Not available outside Parliament.

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Government and Parliamentary Reports

2013
Senate Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Towards Transparency) Bill 2012

Senate Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Fair Work Amendment (Small Business-Penalty Rates Exemption) Bill 2012

2012
Senate Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Fair Work Amendment (Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industry) Bill 2011

Senate Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2012

Senate Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Workplace Relation, Fair Work Amendment Bill 2012

2009
Senate Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Fair Work Amendment (State Referrals and Other Measures) Bill 2009

Senate Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Bill 2009

Senate Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Fair Work Bill 2008

Senate Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations,Workplace Relations Amendment (Transition to Forward with Fairness) Bill 2008

2007
Working together: Inquiry into Options for a New National Industrial Relations System: final report (G. Williams)

2006
Award Rationalisation (report of the Award Review Taskforce)

2005
The Constitution and industrial relations: is a unitary system achievable? (P. Prince and T. John, Parliamentary Library Research Brief no. 8, 2005–06)

Ministerial Statement: Workplace Relations Reform (Prime Minister), 26 May 2005
Outline of the government’s reform plans

Justice at work: industrial citizenship and the corporatisation of Australian labour law: Kingsley Laffer Memorial Lecture, University of Sydney, 12 April (R. McCallum)
Ability of the federal government to legislate for industrial relations using the corporations power

2003
Royal Commission into the Building and Construction Industry. Final Report

2001

Industrial relations law: call off the funeral (M. Kirby)
Provides an overview of key developments in federal industrial law since 1904

2000
Federal labour law and the new uses for corporations power (A. Stewart) .

 

 

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