Workplace Relations Amendment (Transition to Forward with Fairness) Bill 2008 [Provisions]

Workplace Relations Amendment (Transition to Forward with Fairness) Bill 2008 [Provisions]

17 March 2008

© Commonwealth of Australia 2008
ISBN 978-0-642-71899-0

View the report as a single document - (PDF 996KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Members of the Committee (PDF 61KB)
Terms of Reference (PDF 34KB)
Government Senators' Majority Report (PDF 380KB)

Conduct of the inquiry
Purpose of the bill
The terms of reference
Economic and social effects arising from the abolition of individual statutory agreements – brief notes on the terms of reference
Provisions of the Workplace Relations Amendment (Transition to Forward with Fairness) Bill 2008
Terminating Australian Workplace Agreements
Individual Transitional Employment Agreements
Modernising industrial awards
Issues arising from the committee's consideration of the bill
Award modernisation

Coalition Senators' Report (PDF 275KB)

The terms of reference – lack of economic modelling
Drafting issues
Timeline for inquiry
Conduct of the inquiry
End to reform
Major policy flaws and drafting difficulties in the bill
Confusion arising from the use of ITEAs
Undertakings to employees pending approval of an agreement
The new no-disadvantage test
Award modernisation
The possibility of future industrial unrest
Difficulties faced by small contractors and micro-businesses
Local government concerns
Other issues

Australian Democrats' Additional Remarks (PDF 132KB)

Plus ca change
Unfair Dismissal (UFD)
Individual Statutory Agreements (ISAs)

Additional Comments by the Australian Greens (PDF 102KB)

Statutory Individual Agreements
The Award system
Other matters
The Bill

Family First Additional Comments (PDF 52KB)
Appendix 1 - Submissions received (PDF 43KB)
Appendix 2 - Hearings and Witnesses (PDF 43KB)

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3521
Fax: +61 2 6277 5706