Australian Workforce and Productivity
Introduced: House of
Representatives, 4 June 2014
The Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency Repeal Bill 2014 (the
bill) seeks to repeal the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency Act
2008 and abolish the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA).
The bill is accompanied by a statement of compatibility which states
that the bill 'is compatible with human rights and does not raise any human
The committee considers that the bill does not appear to give
rise to human rights concerns.
However, the committee notes that the function of AWPA is to
provide independent advice in relation to Australia's current, emerging and
future skills and workforce development needs.
The explanatory memorandum for the bill notes that the abolishing
of the AWPA is intended to 'strengthen resources and the capacity of the
Department of Industry to provide targeted advice',
by incorporating AWPA's functions into the Department of Industry.
The committee notes that, while the purpose of the bill is to
streamline portfolio processes and provide for stronger linkages between skills
and industry sectors,
any consequent reduction in effective advice on Australia's workforce
development needs could result in a limitation on the right to work. The
committee's assessment assumes that the policy of streamlining and reallocating
AWPA's activities will be effective.
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