Assesses the performance of the workplace relations framework, including the Fair Work Act 2009, focussing on key social and economic indicators important to the wellbeing, productivity and competitiveness of Australia and its people. A key consideration is the capacity for the workplace relations framework to adapt over the longer term to issues arising due to structural adjustments and changes in the global economy.
In particular, the review assessed the impact of the workplace relations framework on matters including:
- unemployment, underemployment and job creation
- fair and equitable pay and conditions for employees, including the maintenance of a relevant safety net
- small businesses
- productivity, competitiveness and business investment
- the ability of business and the labour market to respond appropriately to changing economic conditions
- patterns of engagement in the labour market
- the ability for employers to flexibly manage and engage with their employees
- barriers to bargaining
- red tape and the compliance burden for employers
- industrial conflict and days lost due to industrial action
- appropriate scope for independent contracting
The review also considers the Act’s performance against its stated aims and objects, and the impact on jobs, incomes and the economy. The review also examines the impact of the framework according to business size, region, and industry sector; and the experience of countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Includes a Volume 1 and 2.