Recent news

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

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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Australia: Omnibus IR Bill will further reduce wage growth

The Australia Institute’s Centre for future work has published a damning report criticising the government for its Omnibus Industrial Relations Bill …

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Australia: Increased civil penalties

The maximum penalty for an invasion of privacy (a data protection breach) under the 1988 Privacy Act has been increased to AUD 10 million (approx …

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Australia: Employment class actions

Employment class actions have recently become a frequent part of the Australian legal scene …

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Australia: IR reforms

A huge shake-up is on its way next year in the world of employment rights and labour relations …

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Australia: Smoking with kids in the car is illegal

A New South Wales law introduced for one purpose is being found to be more widely beneficial …

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Australia: Occupational skill shortages information

Although the economic downturn is easing the pressure of skill shortages in some key areas of the economy, it is unlikely that they will disappear altogether …

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