Workplace Relations Amendment (A Stronger Safety Net) Bill 2007

Employment and Workplace Relations 
Originating house
House of Representatives 
Parliament no
Amends the
Workplace Relations Act 1996
Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave Funding) Act 1992
  and Financial Management and Accountability Regulations 1997 to: create the Office of the Workplace Ombudsman and the Workplace Authority as statutory agencies; introduce a fairness test to apply to workplace agreements lodged on or after 7 May 2007 to guarantee employees fair compensation in lieu of modification or exclusion of protected award conditions such as penalty rates and overtime and shift loadings; establish a compliance framework to ensure the effective operation of the fairness test; and vary provisions relating to: prohibited content in workplace agreements; and membership requirements for registered organisations. 

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House of Representatives
28 May 2007Introduced and read a first time
28 May 2007Second reading moved
30 May 2007Second reading agreed to
30 May 2007Consideration in detail debate

Amendment details: 4 Government agreed to
30 May 2007Third reading agreed to
13 Jun 2007Introduced and read a first time
13 Jun 2007Second reading moved
18 Jun 2007Second reading debate
19 Jun 2007Second reading agreed to
19 Jun 2007Committee of the Whole debate

Amendment details: 44 Government agreed to
20 Jun 2007Committee of the Whole debate

Amendment details: 2 Family First agreed to
20 Jun 2007Third reading agreed to
House of Representatives
20 Jun 2007Consideration of Senate message

Details: House agreed to Senate amendments

28 Jun 2007Assent

Act no.: 107

Year: 2007

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