Recent news

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

Australia: Qantas to recall stood down workers

The Airline Qantas plans to bring back “stood down” staff, including those from Jetstar …

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Australia: Industrial relations Bill introduced to Parliament of Western Australia

The Parliament of Western Australia is considering a Bill that would make Easter Sunday a designated public holiday …

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Australia: Employer liable to pay workers compensation for COVID-19 death of employee

In possibly the first case of its kind, the Personal Injury Commission in New South Wales has ruled that an employer was liable for their employee contracting COVID-19 – that led to his death …

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Australia: Director identification numbers begin from November 2021

All Directors of companies must now obtain a “Director Identification Number” …

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Australia: Fair Work Commission upholds sacking of worker who refused mandatory vaccine

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has upheld a decision at first instance that an employer was justified in dismissing an employee who refused vaccination against influenza …

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Australia: Enterprise bargaining decline confirms reform needed

A long-term decline is taking place in the number of enterprise agreements …

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Australia: “Wellbeing day” leave

Due to mental health concerns, many law firms are giving staff “wellbeing day” leave periods to help them deal with the stress they have been experiencing …

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Australia: Post-employment restraints of trade enforceable to protect confidential information

A major subsidiary of the company Peninsular Group, Employsure Australia, has won a court battle which gives them the right to prevent departing employees working for a rival or exploiting confidential company information …

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Australia: E-cigarette users now need a doctor’s prescription

The purchase of all tobacco-based vaping products without prescription is now unlawful across Australia …

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Australia: Fair Work Act changes to casual employment

Changes to the Fair Work Act relating to the facility to convert to permanent employment after 12 months of casual employment have just come into force …

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Australia: Ekka public holiday moved to October 2021

Brisbane’s year Ekka Show Day, a public holiday in that part of Queensland – has been moved to Friday, 18th October 2021 …

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Australia: Victoria’s electric vehicle tax

Company car fleets in Victoria that have turned to electric vehicles now find they are being additionally taxed for their environmental policies …

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Australia: Victoria to ban swastikas as anti-vilification laws strengthened

The Victorian government intends to extend anti-vilification laws to include gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability and HIV/AIDS …

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Australia: Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Bill 2021

The Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Bill has now been passed by both houses of Parliament and now awaits royal assent …

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Australia: Mandatory vaccination

The battle lines over mandatory vaccination are being drawn, with Qantas and SPC both announcing that they intend to introduce an obligatory vaccination policy covering frontline staff by November …

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