Secure jobs, better pay: changes to Australian workplace laws
The Australian Government has passed the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Secure Jobs, Better Pay) Act 2022. This legislation amends the Fair Work Act to change a number of existing rules and introduces a range of new workplace laws.
The Fair Work Act has been amended to change a number of existing rules and include a range of new laws. Many of these changes start on 7 December 2022, but other changes start later.
Find out more about these changes and when they start:
- Pay secrecy, job ads and flexible work
- Gender equality measures and small claims process
- Enterprise agreements and enterprise bargaining
- Abolition of the ABCC and the ROC
What applies now
The following changes have started from 7 December 2022:
Gender equality measures
- new protected attributes in the Fair Work Act:
- gender identity
- intersex status
- new objects of the Fair Work Act, modern awards and minimum wages
- equal remuneration principles and orders
- functions we perform, including around guidelines and community outreach in multiple languages
Enterprise agreements and enterprise bargaining
- termination of enterprise agreements after their nominal expiry date
- sunsetting of ‘zombie’ agreements
- initiating bargaining
- dealing with errors in enterprise agreements.
Visit the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations webpage here to find more information.