View from Canberra 2021 April

In this month’s edition, the BIC examines the not so ominous Industrial Relations Bill. In May 2020, the PM announced his Job Keeper Plan to restart the economy post Covid. Part of this plan was to explore reforms to the industrial relations system to regrow jobs lost in the pandemic. The Attorney-General set about assembling five working groups made up of employees, employers, and industry representatives. The groups were tasked with the reform of five key areas that a) were known to be insufficient under current IR laws and b) had the greatest potential for job creation. By 10 December, the government introduced its Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020, representing the most significant change in industrial relations law since the Fair Work Act was introduced in 2009.

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