Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (Independent Contractors) Bill 2006

Employment and Workplace Relations 
Originating house
House of Representatives 
Parliament no
Introduced with the Independent Contractors Bill 2006 to protect the status of independent contractors, the bill amends the:
Workplace Relations Act 1996
  to: provide civil penalties for sham contracting arrangements; protect redundancy entitlements; provide for stand downs; make changes to the Australian Fair Pay and Conditions Standard; and
Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005
Workplace Relations Act 1996
  to: repeal redundant provisions in relation to unfair contracts as a consequence of the proposed national services contract review scheme contained in the Independent Contractors Bill 2006; allow proceedings to be initiated in relation to sham contracting arrangements; and makes technical amendments to the
Workplace Relations Act 1996
Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) Act 2005

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House of Representatives
22 Jun 2006Introduced and read a first time
22 Jun 2006Second reading moved
13 Sep 2006Second reading agreed to
13 Sep 2006Third reading agreed to
13 Sep 2006Introduced and read a first time
13 Sep 2006Second reading moved
28 Nov 2006Second reading debate
29 Nov 2006Second reading agreed to
01 Dec 2006Committee of the Whole debate

Amendment details: 13 Government agreed to
01 Dec 2006Third reading agreed to
House of Representatives
04 Dec 2006Consideration of Senate message

Details: House agreed to Senate amendments

11 Dec 2006Assent

Act no.: 163

Year: 2006

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  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
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Explanatory memoranda

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

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