Workplace Relations Amendment (Transition to Forward with Fairness) Bill 2008

Employment and Workplace Relations 
Originating house
House of Representatives 
Parliament no
Amends the
Workplace Relations Act 1996
  to: abolish Australian Workplace Agreements; provide transitional arrangements through Individual Transitional Employment Agreements (ITEAs); introduce a no-disadvantage test for ITEAs and collective agreements and ensure no agreement is approved until it passes the test; remove the requirement for a Workplace Relations Fact Sheet; provide that all parties agree to terminate collective workplace agreements; and enable award modernisation processes to be undertaken by the Australian Industrial Relations Commission. Also makes consequential amendments to 16 Acts. 

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House of Representatives
13 Feb 2008Introduced and read a first time
13 Feb 2008Second reading moved
20 Feb 2008Second reading debate
13 Mar 2008Second reading debate
17 Mar 2008Second reading agreed to
17 Mar 2008Third reading agreed to
17 Mar 2008Introduced and read a first time
17 Mar 2008Second reading moved
17 Mar 2008Second reading debate
18 Mar 2008Second reading debate
18 Mar 2008Second reading agreed to
18 Mar 2008Committee of the Whole debate

Amendment details: 37 Government agreed to
18 Mar 2008Third reading agreed to
House of Representatives
19 Mar 2008Consideration of Senate message

Details: House agreed to Senate amendments

20 Mar 2008Assent

Act no.: 8

Year: 2008

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