Recent news

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

Australia: Industrial manslaughter provisions

The Federal government has made it clear that it intends to issue an amendment to the WHS Act that will introduce corporate manslaughter as a specific offence …

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Australia: Unilever launches 4 Day Work Week trial following positive NZ trial

The consumer goods conglomerate Unilever has launched its 4-Day Work Week trial in Australia, following success with a pilot exercise in New Zealand …

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Australia: Qantas, Virgin Australia end legal battle over defecting executive

Companies have been watching the tussle over a Qantas senior manager who jumped airline …

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Australia: Unrestricted work rights for student visa holders to end on 30 June 2023

Restrictions to be applied to the working hours of foreign students from 30th June 2023 …

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Australia: Minimum wage increase for some modern awards with effect from 1st October 2022

Minimum wages increased in most modern awards from the first pay period on or after 1st July 2022, whilst the increases to award minimum wages in 10 awards in the aviation, tourism and hospitality sectors started from the first pay period on or after 1st October 2022 …

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Australia: 2022 foreign labour skills priority list released

This year’s list reveals shortages in 286 occupations, compared to 153 in 2021 …

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Australia: DoorDash and TWU sign agreement on gig workers’ rights

A Gig workers accord has been signed between Food delivery platform DoorDash and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) …

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Australia: New early start night shift improves productivity

High staff turnover and low productivity led mining company to experiment with early starter shift …

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Australia: Trend towards the introduction of “gender affirmation leave”

A number of employers have introduced additional benefits for those undergoing gender affirmation …

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Australia: Secretly recording conversations with employers is misconduct

Serious misconduct includes recording workplace conversations and not following COVID-19 mandates …

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Australia: Bullied worker wins $2.8M general protections payout

$2 …

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Australia: Unreasonable and unrewarded additional hours undertaken by migrant worker

A Ghanaian migrant employee secured work within 3 weeks of his arrival in Australia …

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Australia: Sick and carer’s pay for Victoria’s casual and contract workers

Thousands of eligible casual, contract workers now have access to 38 hours a year sick and carer’s pay through the Victorian Sick Pay Guarantee …

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Australia: Call for reforms to Queensland’s anti-discrimination laws

The Queensland Human Rights Commission (QHRC) has recommended the introduction of new anti-discrimination legislation …

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Australia: Conspiracy theory complaint and failure to follow directions lead to dismissal

An Australia Post employee failed to sign in using the necessary QR code, as required under COVID-19 restrictions, refused to wear a face mask and spread blatantly untrue conspiracy theories amongst other employees regarding COVID-19 …

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