• Jay Sharpe


The Federal Government recently introduced into Parliament a range of proposed changes to the current Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). While none of these proposed changes will come into effect until the Bill is passed, businesses need to keep a close eye on developments to ensure they are prepared for the changes when the time comes. In summary the proposed new laws (if passed) will significantly change the industrial landscape and the way businesses operate in four (4) key areas:

  1. Casual Employment :- Creation of statutory definition for casual work and laws that compel businesses to offer casual workers with a regular pattern of hours permanent work.

  2. Workplace Flexibility :- Maintaining certain JobKeeper flexibilities in Modern Awards and creating flexibility for part time employment arrangements.

  3. Enterprise Agreements :- Overhaul to the current FWC testing regime (BOOT) and simplification of the FWC approval process.

  4. Compliance & Enforcement:- Criminalisation of wage underpayments & increased penalties for serious contraventions and sham contracting.

We will continue to provide updates on the implications of the proposed changes however in the meantime if you want further information and advice on how the proposed changes may impact your business then please don’t hesitate to contact the expert team at Sharpe Workplace Solutions on 1300 135 782, or email your enquiry to

The above information is intended as general information only and not as professional advice. If you need further guidance, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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