Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017

Type
Government
Portfolio
Employment
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Parliament no
45

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Summary

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 to: increase maximum civil penalties for certain serious contraventions of the Act; hold franchisors and holding companies responsible for certain contraventions of the Act by their franchisees or subsidiaries where they knew or ought reasonably to have known of the contraventions and failed to take reasonable steps to prevent them; clarify the prohibition on employers unreasonably requiring their employees to make payments in relation to the performance of work; provide the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) with evidence-gathering powers similar to those available to corporate regulators such as the Australian Securities and Investment Commission and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission; and prohibit the hindering or obstructing of the FWO and or an inspector in the performance or his or her functions or powers, or the giving of false or misleading information or documents.

Progress

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 01 Mar 2017
Second reading moved 01 Mar 2017
Second reading debate 09 May 2017
Second reading debate 10 May 2017
Second reading debate 11 May 2017
Second reading agreed to 11 May 2017
Consideration in detail debate 11 May 2017
Third reading agreed to 11 May 2017
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 13 Jun 2017
Second reading moved 13 Jun 2017
Second reading debate 10 Aug 2017
Second reading debate 14 Aug 2017
Second reading debate 15 Aug 2017
Second reading agreed to 15 Aug 2017
Committee of the Whole debate 15 Aug 2017
Committee of the Whole debate
  • Amendment details: 6 Opposition agreed to
16 Aug 2017
Committee of the Whole debate 17 Aug 2017
Committee of the Whole debate
  • Amendment details: 5 Government and 10 Opposition [1 as amended] agreed to
04 Sep 2017
Third reading agreed to 04 Sep 2017
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message
  • Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
05 Sep 2017
Finally passed both Houses 05 Sep 2017
Assent
  • Act no: 101
  • Year: 2017
14 Sep 2017

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Text of bill

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Explanatory memoranda

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Proposed amendments

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Text of bill

  • First reading: Text of the bill as introduced into the Parliament
  • 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.
  • As passed by both houses: Final text of bill agreed to by both the House of Representatives and the Senate which is presented to the Governor-General for assent.

Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • 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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Schedules of amendments

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