Second Reading Speeches

Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes) Bill 2023

Employment and Workplace Relations
Originating house
House of Representatives
Parliament no

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Amends the:

Fair Work Act 2009
in relation to: casual employment; small business redundancy exemptions in insolvency contexts; enabling multiple franchisees to access the single-enterprise stream; transitioning from multi-enterprise agreements; model terms; regulated labour hire arrangement orders; workplace delegates’ rights; discrimination against employees subjected to family and domestic violence; sham contracting; exemptions to waive entry requirements for suspected underpayment and increasing maximum penalties for underpayments; compliance notices; introduction of a criminal offence for wage theft; the definition of employment; minimum standards and increased dispute resolution for employee-like workers performing digital platform work and regulated road transport industry contractors; and removal of a sunsetted clause relating to applications to vary modern awards;
Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009
to remove provisions relating to the withdrawal of parts of amalgamated organisations;
Independent Contractors Act 2006
to provide that the Act applies to independent contractors performing work remunerated at an amount exceeding the new contractor high income threshold;
Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Act 2013
to expand the functions of the Asbestos and Silica Safety and Eradication Agency in relation to silica safety and silica-related diseases;
Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988
to implement presumptive liability provisions for first responders who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder; and
Work Health and Safety Act 2011
to: introduce an offence of industrial manslaughter; and amend the offences and penalties framework.

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