Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Bill 2009

Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 
Originating house
House of Representatives 
Parliament no
The bill: repeals the
Workplace Relations Act 1996
  (other than Schedules relating to registered organisations and transitionally registered associations) and renames it the
Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009
; provides for the application of the National Employment Standards and minimum wages to all national system employees from 1 January 2010; ensures no reduction in employees’ take home pay results from the transition to a modern award; establishes rules in relation to the treatment of existing instruments; introduces transitional bargaining and agreement-making rules; abolishes the office of Workplace Ombudsman (WO); provides for the limited, continued operation of the Australian Fair Pay Commission, WO, Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) and the Australian Industrial Registry and appoints existing full-time AIRC members to Fair Work Australia (FWA); provides that existing investigations and compliance proceedings by the WO will be dealt with by the Fair Work Ombudsman and allows Fair Work Inspectors to exercise new compliance powers in relation to breaches occurring before or after 1 July 2009; gives FWA power to make representation orders in response to union demarcation disputes; establishes rules to enable state-registered organisations to participate in the new federal workplace relations system; and amends the
Federal Court of Australia Act 1976
Federal Magistrates Act 1999
  to create Fair Work Divisions within those courts. 

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House of Representatives
19 Mar 2009Introduced and read a first time
19 Mar 2009Second reading moved
02 Jun 2009Second reading debate
02 Jun 2009Second reading agreed to
02 Jun 2009Consideration in detail debate

Amendment details: 110 Government agreed to
02 Jun 2009Third reading agreed to
15 Jun 2009Introduced and read a first time
15 Jun 2009Second reading moved
15 Jun 2009Second reading debate
15 Jun 2009Second reading agreed to
16 Jun 2009Committee of the Whole debate

Amendment details: 20 Government and 1 Independent (Xenophon) agreed to
17 Jun 2009Committee of the Whole debate

Amendment details: 1 Independent (Xenophon) agreed to
17 Jun 2009Third reading agreed to
House of Representatives
18 Jun 2009Consideration of Senate message

Details: House agreed to Senate amendments

18 Jun 2009Text of bill as passed both Houses
25 Jun 2009Assent

Act no.: 55

Year: 2009

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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.

Proposed amendments

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