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    New – Preparing for the Fair Work Act

    The Fair Work Act 2009 was given royal assent on 7 April 2009 and substantially took effect from 1 July 2009, replacing the Workplace Relations Act 1996 is arguably the most significant change to workplace relations since 1904.

    New – Preparing for the National Employment Standards

    The national employment standards will take effect from 1 January 2010 and will operate as minimum standards of employment for all national system employees, including those on pre-reform certified agreements, WorkChoices AWAs and collective agreements entered into prior to the Fair Work Act commencing operation.

    New – Preparing for the return of the unfair dismissal laws

    The new unfair dismissal laws took effect from 1 July 2009 and have reinstated a legal remedy for a substantial portion of the workforce who had been unable to access unfair dismissal applications from 27 March 2006.

    New – Preparing for the Modern Awards

    Since 28 March 2008, the Australian Industrial Relations Commission has been working towards drafting new modern awards to replace the multiplicity of federal pre-reform and transitional awards and notional agreements preserving state awards (‘NAPSAs’) currently in place.