Workplace Relations


Budget Review 2010-11 Index

Budget 2010–11: Workplace Relations

Steve O’Neill

The Budget measures relating to workplace relations provide:

  • a once-off grant of $10 million to the Trade Union Education Foundation for the development and delivery of national workplace education programs which will enable employee representatives to increase their understanding and knowledge of the Fair Work workplace relations system
  • $85.7 million over four years for the implementation of a national workplace relations system for the private sector to reduce compliance costs and the level of administrative complexity for employers and employees. The funds will be primarily directed toward the Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman for education and compliance activities and grants targeted to small business through employer associations, and
  • $4.4 million over five years to increase Comcare’s ability to initiate additional proceedings to prosecute possible breaches and better manage proceedings initiated by others concerning its administration of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1991.[1]

The following table compares resources and average staffing levels (ASL) for the key workplace relations agencies in 2010–2011 with those in 2009–10.

Workplace Relations Agencies

2009–10
$,000

2010–11
$,000

ASL
2009–10

ASL
2010–11

Fair Work Australia

73 516

77 849

360

333

Workplace Ombudsman/OFWO

154 741

150 742

900

846

Australian Building and Construction Commission

33 456

34 462

155

155

Safe Work Australia (jointly funded with the Commonwealth by the States and Territories)

15.6

18.1

91

110

Comcare

328 285

339 020

551

454

(Source: Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Porfolio, Portfolio Budget Statements¸ 2009–2010 and 2010–2011)

The General Employee Entitlements and Redundancy Scheme will receive funding of $178.3 million in 2010–2011, falling to its more traditional funding levels of around $90 million in future years. Programs including protected action ballots, small business work and family grants, home workers code of practice, the International Labour Organisation subscription and the fair work educational program will be funded at about $14.2 million in aggregate, a reduction of $15 million, derived from cuts to the fair work educational program.


[1].    Australian Government, Budget measures: budget paper no. 2: 2010–11, Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra, 2010, pp. 136, 146 and 147, viewed 14 May 2010, http://www.aph.gov.au/budget/2010-11/content/bp2/download/bp2.pdf


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