Provisions of the Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) Bill 2005

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Provisions of the Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) Bill 2005

22 November 2005

© Commonwealth of Australia 2005
ISBN 0 642 71594 7

View the report as a single document - (PDF 918KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Members for this inquiry (PDF 124KB)
Preface (PDF 155KB)
Reference to the committee
Conduct of the inquiry
Structure of the report
The political and social context of workplace reform
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 219KB)
Historical context
Why further reform is needed
Objectives of the bill
Summary of major reforms
Description of the legislation
Chapter 2 - Creating a national workplace relations framework (PDF 163KB)
Inconsistency of result
Duplication, complexity and cost
The corporations power
The question of constitutionality
Chapter 3 - Issues of contention (PDF 216KB)
Background to the legislation
The economic imperative and the need for further reform
Changed role of the AIRC
The Australian Fair Pay Commission
An enhanced agreement making framework
The rights of vulnerable workers
Implications for training
Will employees be worse off?
Conclusion (PDF 90KB)
Opposition Senators' Report (PDF 344KB)
Conduct of the inquiry
Work Choices: flawed policy, flawed legislation
Work Choices: A view from the state and territory governments
New Zealand under the Employment Contracts Act
Work Choices Bill: some areas of concern
Conclusion and recommendation
Appendix 1
Appendix 2
Australian Democrats' Minority Report (PDF 349KB)
One good consequence arising from the Work Choices Bill
The Australian Democrats' Vision for Australia’s IR system
Why We Oppose the Work Choice Bill
Australian Greens' dissenting report (PDF 188KB)
Impacts on the vulnerable and families
Unemployment and the minimum wage
Occupational Health and Safety
Bargaining and Industrial Action
One simple national system?
Corporations powers
Increased Executive Powers
Office of the Employee Advocate (OEA)
Skills Shortages
Appendix 1 - List of submissions (PDF 98KB)
Appendix 2 - Hearings and witnesses (PDF 149KB)
Appendix 3 - Tabled documents, additional information and answers to questions on notice (PDF 144KB)
Tabled documents
Answers to questions on notice
Additional information
Appendix 4 - EWRE Committee Workplace Relations Reports (PDF 115KB)
Appendix 5 - Amendments to the Workplace Relations Act (PDF 178KB)
Appendix 6 - Summary of effects of WorkChoice changes on employers (PDF 99KB)

For further information, contact:

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