Recent news

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

Australia: BHP fires 48 workers for sexual harassment at remote mining sites

The mining company BHP has revealed that 48 workers have been dismissed for sexual harassment over the two years to June 2021 in its Western Australian operations …

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Australia: Consultation to increase age limit for Solomon islanders applying for the labour mobility

A public consultation has been conducted into the liberalisation of labour mobility for citizens of the Solomon Islands …

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Australia: Industrial action and the law

The Australian Workers Union has been successfully prosecuted before the Federal Court for requesting an employer to continue paying union members during an unofficial strike …

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Australia: NSW government to consider ‘no jab, no work’ policy as incentive to ease COVID-19 lockdown for businesses

New South Wales (NSW) is moving towards a new “no jab, no work” policy that allows employees to return to work once they are fully protected …

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Australia: High Court clarifies characterisation of casual employees

Employers may generally continue to employ casual workers for a series of assignments without fear that the relationship will be automatically considered as one of employment …

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Australia: Cap removed for Australia’s international students working at supermarkets during lockdown

Supermarkets in States and Territories subject to COVID-19 lockdowns are now allowed to employ international students in excess of the 40 hours per fortnight cap that normally applies …

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Australia: Wage theft now a crime in Victoria

Wage theft is now a criminal offence in Victoria under the Wage Theft Act 2020 …

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Australia: High income threshold now $158,500

There have recently been a number of changes in earnings limits for “non-award covered employees” …

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Australia: Unemployment rate falls despite job losses after JobKeeper ends

When the JobKeeper wage support scheme ended in March 2021, there were 980,000 people left in uncertainty whether their job would continue …

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Australia: Data protection

Both the 1988 Australian Privacy Act and 2009 Fair Work Act contained safeguards to prevent the misuse of personal data and discrimination against candidates on the basis of background data requests …

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Australia: Super Guarantee rate rising 1 July 2021

With effect from 1st July 2021, the super guarantee rate will rise from 9 …

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Australia: Minimum wage to increase from 1 July 2021

With effect from 1st July 2021, anyone not covered by a modern award or collective agreement will be entitled to a national gross minimum wage of $772 …

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Australia: Priority migration skilled occupation list expanded

The Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) now includes 22 additional occupations across the accounting, engineering, information and communication technology and medical and hospitality sectors …

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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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