Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Australia as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Australia: Temporary visas to be extended for Myanmar citizens amid ongoing military coup

The Australian government has announced that all Myanmar nationals currently in Australia on temporary visas may apply to extend their stay until it is safe to return home …

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Australia: Victoria to begin work on recommendations arising from gig economy probe

The Victorian government is drawing up special provisions to protect gig workers …

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Australia: TWU and Virgin pilot union to merge

In an effort to strengthen its bargaining muscle, a merger has been agreed to take place this Summer between the Virgin Independent Pilots Association (VIPA) and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) …

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Australia: Annual wage review 2020/21

The Fair Work Commission has just published a comprehensive and extremely useful statistical annex to its Annual Wage Review 2020/21 …

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Australia: Deloitte fights subpoenas over partner retirements

Several leading professional firms have long followed the practice of pressuring partners to retire by a specific age – even to the point of breaching the Age Discrimination Act …

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Australia: Sexual harassment reforms fast approaching in response to Respect@Work

The Human Rights Commission has recently pointed out in a report (Respect@work) that there is currently no express statutory prohibition of sexual harassment in the workplace …

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Australia: Enhanced social security safety net from from 1 April 2021

The fortnightly rate for working-age payments has just been increased by $50 (US$38) for 1 …

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Australia: Victorian businesses to get $20,000 wage subsidies if they hire women and workers in key priority groups

Employers in the State of Victoria may apply for a 12-months wage subsidy of up to $20,000 (US$15,263) if they hire women and workers from key priority groups …

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Australia: Casual employment

The government has now removed most of the contentious elements of its Fair Work Amendment Bill and left it to focus largely on casual employment …

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Australia: FWC Full Bench explains unfair dismissal compensation and deductions for misconduct

If an employee is guilty of misconduct, but the employer was not considered to have acted reasonably by therefore summarily dismissing them, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) is entitled to determine how many weeks of salary that the employee would be appropriate to receive by way of compensation …

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Australia: Apprenticeships financial assistance schemes

There are a number of financial assistance schemes available from the Australian Government to help employers with the hiring and training of apprentices …

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Australia: Mutual recognition of licensed occupations

The Federal government has just completed a review of a proposal for a mutual recognition scheme to be established for those who hold an occupational licence …

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Australia: COVID-19 restrictions within individual States

Although cases remain low by international standards, government restrictions that apply within individual States and Territories should be carefully monitored by all organisations that have operations in Australia …

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Australia: Minimum wages increase for Group 3 awards – pay rates now available

New minimum wages in the retail, accommodation, food services and a range of other industries (Group 3 Awards) have just been increased by 1 …

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Australia: Boosting apprenticeship scheme

Since it commenced on 5th October 2020, the “Boosting Apprenticeship” scheme has attracted a lot of interest from employers of all sizes across the country …

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