Education employees welcome new industrial relations laws
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Education employees welcome new industrial relations laws

The government has delivered on the next step of its plan to lift wages, improve job security and start closing the gender pay gap.

The government’s Secure Jobs, Better Pay Bill – which passed Federal Parliament on 2 December – aims to give Australian workers a better deal and a better future.

By modernising the bargaining system which they hope will see more workplace agreements, delivering better productivity and flexibility for employers and better pay and conditions for workers.

We’re bringing our workplace relations system up to date with a government that wants to get wages moving again.

The new laws also:

  • Reform the Better Off Overall Test so it’s simple, flexible and fair.
  • Put gender pay equity at the heart of the Fair Work Act.
  • Ban pay secrecy clauses that hold back women’s wages.
  • Expand access to flexible rostering arrangements.
  • Limit the use of fixed term contracts.
  • Ban job ads that advertise below minimum rates of pay.
  • Terminate WorkChoices “zombie” agreements.
  • Give the Fair Work Commission more powers to arbitrate industrial disputes.
  • Abolish politicised anti-worker organisations.

The government will deliver a second tranche of workplace relations reforms next year to close the loopholes that are undermining job security and wage growth.

For further information visit, https://www.pm.gov.au/media/delivering-secure-jobs-and-better-pay

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