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Statutory Review of casual employment legislation

Review of changes to casual employment laws

A review is currently underway to examine how the amendments made to casual employment arrangements by the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia's Jobs and Economic Recovery) Act 2021 (Cth) (the FW SAJER Act) are operating.

Find out more about the changes made by the FW SAJER Act.

Under section 4 of the FW SAJER Act, a review of the operation of the legislative amendments must occur as soon as practicable 12 months after commencement. The review will take place over 6 months.

Objectives of the review

Consistent with the requirements of the FW SAJER Act, the review will:

  • consider whether the operation of the amendments made is appropriate and effective in the context of Australia's changing employment and economic conditions
  • identify unintended consequences
  • consider whether any legislative change is necessary to improve the operation of the amendments.

KPMG is undertaking stakeholder consultations and analysis and will provide the independent review report to the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations.

Stakeholder participation

The review will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to share their experiences of how the amendments are operating through one of the following methods.

Consultation method 1: virtual consultations

Proposed dates and times for a series of virtual consultations with interest groups are set out below.

Interest group Proposed date and time (AEST)
Employment law stakeholders Monday 4 July,
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Employment law academics Tuesday 5 July,
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Peak industry bodies Wednesday 6 July,
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Employee Representatives (unions) Wednesday 6 July,
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Employee Representatives (unions) – second session Thursday 7 July,
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Small business employers Thursday 7 July,
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Other stakeholders, including think tanks and social services organisations Friday 8 July,
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Register for a virtual consultation.

Invitations, including a link to join the session via Microsoft Teams, will be provided closer to the date.

Consultation method 2: in-person consultation

There will be two in-person consultation sessions, one session in Sydney and one in Melbourne.

These sessions are likely to occur in the weeks commencing 11 July (Sydney) and 18 July (Melbourne).

To register your interest in attending an in-person session, email au-fmsajeractreview@kpmg.com.au with the following information:

  • your name and organisation (if applicable)
  • preferred location (Sydney or Melbourne)
  • email address for future correspondence.

Consultation method 3: written submissions

To make a written submission, an electronic portal hosted by KPMG Australia will open on 28 June 2022 and close on 22 July 2022. Submissions will be made public, unless stakeholders expressly request their submission be treated confidentially. Further details about making submissions and how your information will be treated will be available on the electronic portal.

Access the portal.

Contact details

 
For information on participating in the review, or to contact the review team directly, email the KPMG review team at au-fmsajeractreview@kpmg.com.au.

The KPMG review team aims to respond to all queries within 3 business days.