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Consultations

We regularly conduct public consultations to better understand the views and concerns of our stakeholders and the broader community.

Visit our Consultation Hub to find open consultations and provide feedback on topics that interest you.

Closed consultations

We will publish the outcomes of consultations held from October 2021 onwards on our Consultation Hub.

To find consultations held before October 2021, see below.

Review of the Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016

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This discussion paper encourages 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.

Improving protections of employees’ wages and entitlements: further strengthening the civil compliance and enforcement framework

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The Government is committed to an industrial relations system that balances the needs of both employees and employers, including those engaged in small business, by way of an effective compliance and enforcement framework.

Cooperative Workplaces – How can Australia capture productivity improvements from more harmonious workplace relations

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In December 2019, a discussion paper was published seeking broad views and benefits of practical experiences and techniques from Australians who have advanced, achieved or experienced best practice cooperative workplaces.

Enhancing protections relating to the use of Enduring Power of Attorney instruments

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In March 2020, a Consultation Regulation Impact Statement was released to examine the regulatory options under consideration, in order to understand their economic and social impacts, and determine the relative costs and benefits of proposed Enduring Power of Attorney safeguarding options.

Draft guidance on adequate procedures to prevent the commission of foreign bribery

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On 2 December 2019, the Australian Government introduced the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Combatting Corporate Crime) Bill 2019 into Parliament. The Bill would introduce a new corporate offence for failing to prevent an associate of a body corporate from committing a foreign bribery offence by.

Religious Discrimination Bills – Second Exposure Drafts

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In 2019, The Australian Government invited submissions on the second exposure drafts of a package of legislation on religious discrimination. Submissions closed Friday 31 January 2020.

Comprehensive review of the legal framework of the National Intelligence Community

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Information about the Comprehensive Review of the Legal Framework of the National Intelligence Community by Mr Dennis Richardson AC (Richardson Review), which examined the effectiveness of the legislative framework governing the national intelligence community.
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Statutory Review of the role and functions of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency

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The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency's role and functions were reviewed in 2019, five years after its establishment, in line with section 47 of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Act 2013. The review invited submissions from organisations and members of the public, and the final report was tabled in Parliament on 27 November 2019.

Attracting major infrastructure, resources and energy projects to increase employment: Project life greenfields agreements

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In 2019, this paper provided background information on the greenfields enterprise agreement provisions in the Fair Work Act 2009 (Fair Work Act) and sought views (by way of written submissions) on whether and how enterprise agreements might be applied for the life of greenfields projects.

Improving protections of employees’ wages and entitlements: strengthening penalties for non-compliance

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In 2019, this paper provided background information on the current 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.

Marriage Celebrants Program Review

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In 2019, the Department conducted a consultation and survey on options to streamline the Marriage Celebrants Program, and ongoing professional development.

Religious Discrimination Bills – First Exposure Drafts

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In 2019, the Australian Government invited submissions on a package of legislative reforms on religious discrimination. Submissions for this consultation closed on Wednesday, 2 October 2019.

Review of the firefighter provisions of the SRC Act 1988

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In 2020, a review of the firefighter provisions of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act) was conducted. Following a targeted stakeholder consultation and submission process, a final report is being prepared for the government’s consideration.

Commonwealth Integrity Commission

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On 13 December 2018, the Australian Government announced that it will establish a Commonwealth Integrity Commission (CIC) to strengthen integrity arrangements across the federal public sector.

Exposure draft native title reforms

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In 2018, the Attorney-General and Minister for Indigenous Affairs released exposure drafts of the Native Title Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 and the Registered Native Title Bodies Corporate Legislation Amendment Regulations 2018, for public comment.