An outline of the lew labour law in Australia: importance for North Queensland

Floyd, Louise (2009) An outline of the lew labour law in Australia: importance for North Queensland. In: Presentations from the North Queensland Law Association Conference 2009. From: North Queensland Law Association Conference 2009, 29-30 May 2009, Townsville, QLD, Australia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

[Extract] What is the change and why is it important?

• Essentially, Australian IR has moved in stages:

• A prescriptive system of collective bargaining and adherence to Industrial Commission principles (1900-1980s);

• through to a hybrid system, in which there were prescriptive safety nets but also collective bargaining at an enterprise level sanctioned by the Industrial Commission (No Disadvantage Test) (1980s-1996);

• a system like the above, only in which statutory individual agreements (Australian Workplace Agreements) also evolved (1996-2005);

• through to Work Choices - in which collective bargaining was wound back in favour of AWAs, the role of the Commission (eg NOT) diminished and unfair dismissal became largely unavailable; national system; reliance on statutory minima (2005-2008); and now

• The Fair Work Legislation in which the move towards individual bargaining is replaced by collective bargaining at workplaces but underpinned less by a centralised Commission and more by statutory standards (incrementally from 2008- )

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