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Industrial relations reform

On 22 March 2021, the Australian Government passed new employment laws for casual employees and their employers. Find out what’s changed and read about the government’s future initiatives for employers and employees.

Changes to casual employment

New laws for casual employers and employees

New employer advisory service

The Employer Advisory Service commenced on 1 July 2021 and aims to help small business employers understand and meet their workplace pay and entitlements obligations.

Technology and compliance

The government is committed to making compliance easier.

Background

On 26 May 2020, the Prime Minister the Hon. Scott Morrison MP announced the Australian Government's JobMaker plan in an address at the National Press Club. Part of this plan was to explore reforms to the industrial relations system to regrow jobs lost in the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government continues to look at ways to ensure an effective national industrial relations system works for employers, employees and the Australian community.

Consultations

Consultation with a broad range of stakeholders is critical to the Australian Government’s policy development process. The government will continue to advise stakeholders and the public about future consultation on industrial relations policy issues, as appropriate, to ensure a range of views are heard.

For the complete list of industrial relations consultations, visit consultations and publications.

Contact details

Send correspondence to irsecretariat@ag.gov.au.