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Get ready for the Annual Wage Review 2024

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3 June 2024

The Fair Work Commission (Commission) has announced a 3.75% increase to the National Minimum Wage and minimum award wages.

The increase applies from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2024.

Subscribe to email updates and we'll let you know when the new minimum rates are available on 1 July 2024.

Learn more at Annual Wage Review 2023 - 2024.

Closing Loopholes: Additional Fair Work Act changes

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The Australian Government has made further workplace laws as part of its ‘Closing Loopholes’ changes.

These build on initial changes that were introduced in December 2023.

The latest changes relate to:

  • casual employment
  • the right to disconnect
  • the definition of employment
  • independent contractors
  • minimum standards for 'employee-like' workers.

Find out more: Closing Loopholes: Additional Fair Work Act changes.

Closing Loopholes: Fair Work Act changes

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15 December 2023

There have been changes to the Fair Work Act as part of the new ‘Closing Loopholes’ laws.

The changes take effect at various times across the next year and into 2025.

The major workplace changes relate to:

  • rules for labour hire workers
  • criminalising intentional wage underpayments
  • new discrimination protections
  • small business redundancy exemptions
  • workplace delegates’ rights
  • right of entry
  • compulsory conciliation conferences in protected action ballot matters.

For more information, see Closing Loopholes: Fair Work Act changes.

New rules for fixed term contracts

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6 December 2023

New rules now apply when engaging employees on fixed term contracts. 

The rules include a requirement for employers to give any employees they’re engaging on a new fixed term contract a Fixed Term Contract Information Statement.

They also include some limitations on how fixed term contracts can be used. There are some exceptions to who these limitations apply to.

For more information, visit Fixed term contract employees.

Paid family and domestic violence leave for small business

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1 August 2023

Employees of small business employers can now access 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave in a 12-month period. This took effect on 1 August 2023.

What you need to know about the leave

  • 10 days paid family and domestic violence leave is now available to employees of small business employers.
  • Full-time, part-time and casual employees can take 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave in a 12-month period (it isn’t pro-rated for part-time or casual employees).
  • All 10 days are available upfront – an employee doesn’t accrue it.
  • Employers must not include certain information on an employee’s pay slip about taking paid family and domestic violence leave.

Learn more at Paid family and domestic violence leave for small business.

Small business employer guide

Make sure you download our new small business employer guide, which will help you manage family and domestic violence issues in the workplace.

Podcast: Small Business, Big Impact

Small Business, Big Impact is a new podcast for small businesses about how to support employees experiencing family and domestic violence.

Across 10 short episodes, the podcast will help:

  • guide small business employers on their workplace responsibilities
  • employers recognise the red flags of family and domestic violence.

Fair Work Act changes: Protecting Worker Entitlements

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30 June 2023

As part of the Australian Government's new Protecting Worker Entitlements laws, there are changes to the Fair Work Act.

The changes relate to:

  • superannuation in the National Employment Standards
  • changes to unpaid parental leave
  • interaction between enterprise agreements and workplace determinations
  • authorised employee deductions
  • protections for migrant workers
  • casual employees in the black coal mining industry

Some of these changes start immediately, while others start later this year or in 2024.

Learn more at Fair Work Act changes: Protecting Worker entitlements.