Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) Bill 2005

Employment and Workplace Relations 
Originating house
House of Representatives 
Parliament no
Amends the:
Workplace Relations Act 1996
  in relation to: creation of a national workplace relations system, including the establishment of the Australian Fair Pay Commission (AFPC) which will set and adjust minimum and award classification wages, minimum conditions of employment; public holidays; outworkers; direct bargaining between employers and employees; the role of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, particularly in relation to regulation of industrial action; a simplified system of awards; redundancy pay by small business employers; transmission of business rules; protection of key award conditions in bargaining processes; dispute settlement procedures; extension of the compliance regime; transitional arrangements; provides for the renumbering of the Act; and Financial Management and Accountability Regulations 1997 in relation to the establishment of the AFPC. 

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House of Representatives
02 Nov 2005Introduced and read a first time
02 Nov 2005Second reading moved
10 Nov 2005Second reading agreed to
10 Nov 2005Third reading agreed to
10 Nov 2005Introduced and read a first time
10 Nov 2005Second reading moved
28 Nov 2005Second reading debate
29 Nov 2005Second reading debate
30 Nov 2005Second reading debate
01 Dec 2005Second reading agreed to
01 Dec 2005Committee of the Whole debate

Amendment details: 28 Government agreed to
02 Dec 2005Committee of the Whole debate

Amendment details: 318 Government and 1 Australian Democrats agreed to
02 Dec 2005Third reading agreed to
House of Representatives
05 Dec 2005Message from Senate reported
07 Dec 2005Consideration of Senate message

Details: House agreed to Senate amendments

14 Dec 2005Assent

Act no.: 153

Year: 2005

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
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