Inquiry into the Workplace Relations Amendment (Protecting the Low Paid) Bill 2003

Inquiry into the Workplace Relations Amendment (Protecting the Low Paid) Bill 2003

Submissions

The bill amends the objects of the Workplace Relations Act 1996 to ensure that the primary focus of the award safety net is to address the needs of the low paid. It also requires the Australia Industrial Relations Commission to recognise this primary focus when performing its functions and exercising its powers in relations to awards.

The Workplace Relations Amendment (Protecting the Low Paid) Bill 2003 was introduced in the House of Representatives on 13 February 2003 and was extensively debated on 5 March 2003. The bill passed the House on 5 March 2003 and introduced into the Senate on 6 March 2003.

The bill was referred to the Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee on 19 March and the committee expects to report in June. The committee has yet to decide if and when to hold a public hearing. Submissions to the inquiry are due by 28 April 2003.

The committee invites individuals and organisations wishing to express views on this bill to lodge written submissions, including full postal and contact details by 28 April 2003. We cannot process your submission unless full contact details are supplied. Submissions should be submitted electronically (Microsoft Word version 6.0 - 95 or above) and e-mailed to eet.sen@aph.gov.au. For further details about making a written submission to an inquiry see:
"How to contribute to the work of this Committee".

Tabling date: 19 June 2003

Public Hearing

Information about the bill:

Report - Tabled 19 June 2003

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