28 May 2007
House of Representatives
Employment and Workplace Relations
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.