An independent review of the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Act 2021 (Cth) was undertaken by KPMG. The report on the review was tabled before the Australian Parliament on 1 December 2022.
Attracting major infrastructure, resources and energy projects to increase employment: Project life greenfields agreements
Closed: 1 November 2019
The Australian Government invited submissions on the greenfields enterprise agreement provisions in the Fair Work Act 2009 and views on whether and how enterprise agreements might be applied for the life of greenfields projects.
Cooperative Workplaces – How can Australia capture productivity improvements from more harmonious workplace relations
Closed: 26 March 2020
This discussion paper was broader in its terms than others in the series arising from the fact that it sought the contribution of broad views and the benefits of practical experiences and techniques from Australians who have advanced, achieved or experienced, here or internationally, best practice on what this paper will term cooperative workplaces.
This paper on cooperative workplaces sought views on whether and how improved productivity performance might be available to Australian workplaces through more harmonious workplaces.
Improving protections of employees' wages and entitlements: further strengthening the civil compliance and enforcement framework
Closed: 3 April 2020
This paper sought input from the community about the operation of the compliance and enforcement framework. It followed a paper issued on 19 September 2019, titled Improving protections of employee's wages and entitlements: strengthening penalties for non-compliance, which considered the penalty framework in the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).
Improving protections of employees' wages and entitlements: strengthening penalties for non-compliance
Closed: 25 October 2019
This paper provided background information on the penalty framework in the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (Fair Work Act) and sought input from the community (by way of written submissions) about the operation of the framework. Discussion questions were included to guide feedback; however, stakeholders could also provide further information and suggestions relevant to the matters discussed.
Review of the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016
Closed: 6 December 2018
On 2 December 2016, the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016 (the BCIIP Act) was established. Section 119A(1) of the BCIIP Act provides for the review of the operation of the Act within 12 months after its commencement.
Mr Rex Deighton-Smith of Jaguar Consulting, a public policy expert, was engaged to undertake the review. Key building and construction industry stakeholders, including employer and employee organisations and government agencies, were consulted during the review.
The review found, among other matters, that the activities of the Australian Building and Construction Commission are consistent with its role as a full-service regulator for the building and construction industry, and the higher penalties applying to the sector should be retained.
Review of the Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016
Closed: 3 April 2020
This discussion paper encouraged a broad review of the Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016 (Building Code 2016), which promotes best practice industrial relations for those contractors wishing to tender for Commonwealth funded building and construction work.
Review of the Greenfields Provisions of the Fair Work Amendment Act 2015
Closed: 27 November 2017
On 3 October 2017, Mr Matthew O'Callaghan, a former Senior Deputy President of the Fair Work Commission, was engaged to undertake a review of the greenfields agreement provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 which were the subject of legislative amendments in 2015.
We engaged Professor Tim Driscoll, an independent consultant in epidemiology, occupational health and public health, to undertake a review of the specified diseases and employment instrument declared for the purpose of the Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992 (Seafarers Act). The new Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation (Specified Diseases and Employment) Instrument 2021, made on 25 March 2021, was informed by recommendations in Professor Tim Driscoll’s final report on the review and stakeholder consultation.
In 2017, the Government commissioned the national Review of Security of Payment Laws (the Review) to examine ways to improve consistency in security of payment legislation and enhance protections to ensure subcontractors get paid on time for work they have done.
Review of Workplace Health and Safety laws in the construction industry
Closed: 26 October 2018
The national review of the Work Health and Safety (WHS) regulatory framework in the building and construction industry (the review) was completed in 2018. The review was conducted by Seyfarth Shaw Australia with assistance from the former Department of Jobs and Small Business.
Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment (Fair protection for firefighters) Act 2011 Review
Closed: 24 December 2013
A Review into the Firefighters' Act was undertaken in December 2013 by Ms Raelene Sharp to assess whether the amendments are operating as intended and whether they have streamlined the determination of claims made by those firefighters seeking compensation for the prescribed cancers.
Statutory Review of the role and functions of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency
Closed: 27 November 2019
The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency is an independent statutory authority. It was established in July 2013 under the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Act 2013 (the Act). It administers the National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Management and Awareness, which aims to prevent exposure to asbestos fibres in order to eliminate asbestos-related disease in Australia. It also manages the National Asbestos Exposure Register.