Sources of Employment Rights

Unions have campaigned to win and defend virtually every workplace right that we enjoy today —from the 38-hour work week to superannuation and to paid family and domestic violence leave. Those employment rights come from a number of different legal sources. There are also several different organisations that establish, administer and enforce these rights and standards. In this section you can find information on:

Modern Awards

Modern awards are documents which set minimum employment standards in a specific industry or sector.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/modern-awards/

Fair Work Commission

The Fair Work Commission is the organisation responsible for administering and enforcing the Fair Work Act. It is also Australia’s national workplace relations tribunal.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/fair-work-commission/

Employment Contracts

Employment contracts can never provide conditions that are worse than those in National Employment Standards or the award or agreement that covers your workplace.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/employment-contracts/

The National Employment Standards

The National Employment Standards (NES) are 12 minimum standards that apply to nearly all employees in Australia.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/the-national-employment-standards/

Fair Work Ombudsman

The Fair Work Ombudsman is an independent agency of the Federal Government. It provides employers and employees with information about their obligations and rights in the workplace.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/fair-work-ombudsman/

Types of Employment

How you are employed affects what your entitlements are at work, what responsibilities you have and even how much you can expect to be paid. The most common types of employment are listed below. Full-time Full-time employees have a permanent position or are on a fixed-term contract. Full-time employment usually means working around 38 hours…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/types-of-employment/

Enterprise Agreements

Enterprise agreements are deals made between employers and employees and their union about the terms and conditions of their employment.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/enterprise-agreements/

Fair Work Laws

For information on Employment Rights and more visit, the Australian Unions Support Centre. The Australian Unions Support Centre provides free and confidential assistance and information for all workplace issues including: Casual Work Pay Leave Ending Employment Health and Safety Browse our Support Centre website to learn more. 

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/fair-work-laws/

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