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Workplace Relations Act 1996

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Act No. 86 of 1988 as amended, taking into account amendments up to Act No. 153 of 2005 and SLI 2006 No. 68
An Act relating to workplace relations, and for other purposes
Administered by: Attorney-General's; DEWR
Registered 31 Mar 2006
Start Date 31 Mar 2006
End Date 11 Dec 2006
Table of contents.

Workplace Relations Act 1996

Act No. 86 of 1988 as amended

This compilation was prepared on 31 March 2006
taking into account amendments up to Act No. 153 of 2005
and SLI 2006 Nos. 50, 52 and 68

Volume 1 includes:       Table of Contents
                                    Sections 1 – 919

The text of any of those amendments not in force
on that date is appended in the Notes section

The operation of amendments that have been incorporated may be
affected by application provisions that are set out in the Notes section

Volume 2 includes:       Table of Contents
                                    Schedules 1 – 10

Volume 3 includes:       Note 1
                                    Table of Acts
                                    Act Notes
                                    Table of Amendments
                                    Repeal Table
                                    Note 2
                                    Table A
                                    Renumbering Table

Prepared by the Office of Legislative Drafting and Publishing,
Attorney-General’s Department, Canberra

 

 

 


Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                               1

1............ Short title [see Note 1]....................................................................... 1

2............ Commencement [see Note 1].............................................................. 1

3............ Principal object................................................................................... 1

4............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 2

5............ Employee............................................................................................ 8

6............ Employer............................................................................................ 8

7............ Employment....................................................................................... 8

8............ Schedules 1, 6, 7, 8 and 9 have effect................................................. 8

9............ Schedule 10 has effect......................................................................... 8

10.......... Act binds Crown................................................................................ 8

11.......... Modifications for Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands...... 8

12.......... Exclusion of persons insufficiently connected with Australia........... 8

13.......... Extraterritorial application.................................................................. 8

14.......... Act not to apply so as to exceed Commonwealth power.................. 8

15.......... Application of Criminal Code............................................................ 8

16.......... Act excludes some State and Territory laws...................................... 8

17.......... Awards, agreements and Commission orders prevail over State and Territory law etc.         8

18.......... Act may exclude State and Territory laws in other cases................... 8

Part 2—Australian Fair Pay Commission                                                                  8

Division 1—Preliminary                                                                                              8

19.......... Definitions.......................................................................................... 8

Division 2—Australian Fair Pay Commission                                                  8

Subdivision A—Establishment and functions                                                        8

20.......... Establishment..................................................................................... 8

21.......... Functions of the AFPC...................................................................... 8

Subdivision B—AFPC’s wage-setting function                                                     8

22.......... AFPC’s wage-setting function........................................................... 8

23.......... AFPC’s wage-setting parameters....................................................... 8

24.......... Wage reviews and wage-setting decisions........................................... 8

25.......... Constitution of the AFPC for wage-setting powers.......................... 8

26.......... Publishing wage-setting decisions etc................................................. 8

Subdivision C—Operation of the AFPC                                                                  8

27.......... AFPC to determine its own procedures............................................. 8

28.......... Annual report..................................................................................... 8

Subdivision D—AFPC Chair                                                                                     8

29.......... Appointment...................................................................................... 8

30.......... Remuneration...................................................................................... 8

31.......... Leave of absence................................................................................. 8

32.......... Engaging in other paid employment................................................... 8

33.......... Disclosure of interests........................................................................ 8

34.......... Resignation......................................................................................... 8

35.......... Termination of appointment.............................................................. 8

36.......... Other terms and conditions................................................................ 8

37.......... Acting AFPC Chair............................................................................ 8

Subdivision E—AFPC Commissioners                                                                   8

38.......... Appointment...................................................................................... 8

39.......... Remuneration...................................................................................... 8

40.......... Leave of absence................................................................................. 8

41.......... Disclosure of interests........................................................................ 8

42.......... Resignation......................................................................................... 8

43.......... Termination of appointment.............................................................. 8

44.......... Other terms and conditions................................................................ 8

45.......... Acting AFPC Commissioners............................................................ 8

Division 3—AFPC Secretariat                                                                                 8

Subdivision A—Establishment and function                                                          8

46.......... Establishment..................................................................................... 8

47.......... Function.............................................................................................. 8

Subdivision B—Operation of the AFPC Secretariat                                            8

48.......... AFPC Chair may give directions........................................................ 8

49.......... Annual report..................................................................................... 8

Subdivision C—The Director of the Secretariat                                                   8

50.......... Appointment...................................................................................... 8

51.......... Remuneration...................................................................................... 8

52.......... Leave of absence................................................................................. 8

53.......... Engaging in other paid employment................................................... 8

54.......... Disclosure of interests........................................................................ 8

55.......... Resignation......................................................................................... 8

56.......... Termination of appointment.............................................................. 8

57.......... Other terms and conditions................................................................ 8

58.......... Acting Director of the Secretariat....................................................... 8

Subdivision D—Staff and consultants                                                                     8

59.......... Staff.................................................................................................... 8

60.......... Consultants......................................................................................... 8

Part 3—Australian Industrial Relations Commission                                        8

Division 1—Establishment of Commission                                                       8

61.......... Establishment of Commission............................................................ 8

62.......... Functions of Commission................................................................... 8

63.......... Appointment of Commission members etc........................................ 8

64.......... Qualifications for appointment.......................................................... 8

65.......... Seniority............................................................................................. 8

66.......... Performance of duties on part-time basis........................................... 8

67.......... Dual federal and State appointments.................................................. 8

68.......... Performance of duties by dual federal and State appointees.............. 8

69.......... Dual federal appointments................................................................. 8

70.......... Appointment of a Judge as President not to affect tenure etc........... 8

71.......... Tenure of Commission members........................................................ 8

72.......... Acting President................................................................................. 8

73.......... Acting Vice President......................................................................... 8

74.......... Acting Senior Deputy President......................................................... 8

75.......... Acting Deputy Presidents.................................................................. 8

76.......... Oath or affirmation of office............................................................... 8

77.......... Discharge of Commission’s business................................................. 8

78.......... Duty of Commission members........................................................... 8

79.......... Remuneration and allowances of Presidential Members etc............... 8

80.......... Application of Judges’ Pensions Act................................................. 8

81.......... Remuneration and allowances of Commissioners............................... 8

82.......... Removal of Presidential Member from office..................................... 8

83.......... Outside employment of Commissioner.............................................. 8

84.......... Leave of absence of Commissioner..................................................... 8

85.......... Disclosure of interest by Commission members................................ 8

86.......... Termination of appointment of Commissioner.................................. 8

87.......... Resignation by Commission member................................................. 8

Division 2—Organisation of Commission                                                          8

88.......... Manner in which Commission may be constituted............................ 8

89.......... Powers exercisable by single member of Commission........................ 8

90.......... Functions and powers conferred on members.................................... 8

91.......... Exercise of Commission powers......................................................... 8

92.......... Continuation of hearing by Commission............................................ 8

93.......... Commission divided in opinion.......................................................... 8

94.......... Arrangement of business of Commission........................................... 8

95.......... Panels of Commission for particular industries.................................. 8

96.......... Delegation by President...................................................................... 8

97.......... Protection of Commission members................................................... 8

98.......... Co-operation with the States by President........................................ 8

99.......... Co-operation with the States by Registrar......................................... 8

Division 3—Representation and intervention                                                 8

100........ Representation of parties before Commission................................... 8

101........ Intervention generally......................................................................... 8

102........ Particular rights of intervention of Minister....................................... 8

Division 4—General matters relating to the powers and procedures of the Commission          8

Subdivision A—General matters Commission to take into account                  8

103........ Commission to take into account the public interest......................... 8

104........ Commission to take into account discrimination issues..................... 8

105........ Commission to take account of Racial Discrimination Act, Sex Discrimination Act, Disability Discrimination Act and Age Discrimination Act...................................................................... 8

106........ Commission to take account of Family Responsibilities Convention 8

107........ Safety, health and welfare of employees............................................ 8

108........ Commission to act quickly................................................................. 8

109........ Commission to avoid technicalities and facilitate fair conduct of proceedings        8

Subdivision B—Particular powers and procedures of the Commission           8

110........ Procedure of Commission................................................................... 8

111........ Particular powers of Commission...................................................... 8

112........ Reference of proceedings to Full Bench............................................. 8

113........ President may deal with certain proceedings...................................... 8

114........ Review on application by Minister.................................................... 8

115........ Compulsory conferences.................................................................... 8

116........ Power to override certain laws affecting public sector employment.. 8

117........ State authorities may be restrained from dealing with matter that is before the Commission 8

118........ Joint sessions of Commission............................................................ 8

119........ Revocation and suspension of awards and orders.............................. 8

Division 5—Appeals to Full Bench and references to Court                  8

120........ Appeals to Full Bench relating to matters arising other than under the Registration and Accountability of Organisations Schedule....................................................................... 8

121........ Appeals to Full Bench relating to matters arising under the Registration and Accountability of Organisations Schedule etc....................................................................................................... 8

122........ References to Court by Commission on question of law................... 8

Division 6—Miscellaneous                                                                                        8

123........ Seals of Commission........................................................................... 8

124........ Rules of Commission.......................................................................... 8

125........ President must provide certain information etc. to the Minister....... 8

126........ Annual report of Commission............................................................ 8

Part 4—Australian Industrial Registry                                                                       8

Division 1—Interpretation                                                                                         8

127........ Definition of State industrial body...................................................... 8

Division 2—Establishment and functions of Australian Industrial Registry       8

128........ Australian Industrial Registry............................................................ 8

129........ Functions of the Industrial Registry................................................... 8

130........ Registries............................................................................................ 8

131........ Seals of the Registry........................................................................... 8

132........ Annual report of Industrial Registry.................................................. 8

Division 3—Registrars                                                                                                8

133........ Industrial Registrar............................................................................. 8

134........ Tenure of office of Industrial Registrar.............................................. 8

135........ Remuneration and allowances of Industrial Registrar......................... 8

136........ Outside employment of Industrial Registrar...................................... 8

137........ Disclosure of interests by Industrial Registrar................................... 8

138........ Leave of absence of Industrial Registrar............................................. 8

139........ Resignation by Industrial Registrar.................................................... 8

140........ Termination of appointment of Industrial Registrar.......................... 8

141........ Deputy Industrial Registrars.............................................................. 8

142........ Acting Industrial Registrar.................................................................. 8

143........ Acting Deputy Industrial Registrars.................................................. 8

144........ Oath or affirmation of office of Registrar........................................... 8

Division 4—References and appeals                                                                    8

145........ References by Registrar to Commission............................................. 8

146........ Removal of matters before Registrar.................................................. 8

147........ Appeals from Registrar to Commission............................................. 8

148........ References to Court by Registrar on question of law......................... 8

Division 5—Staff                                                                                                              8

149........ Staff.................................................................................................... 8

Part 5—The Employment Advocate                                                                             8

Division 1—Functions, powers etc. of the Employment Advocate      8

150........ The Employment Advocate............................................................... 8

151........ Functions of the Employment Advocate........................................... 8

152........ Minister’s directions to Employment Advocate................................ 8

153........ Staff.................................................................................................... 8

154........ Delegation by Employment Advocate............................................... 8

155........ Annual report..................................................................................... 8

Division 2—Appointment, conditions of appointment etc. of Employment Advocate   8

156........ Appointment of Employment Advocate........................................... 8

157........ Remuneration and allowances............................................................. 8

158........ Outside employment.......................................................................... 8

159........ Recreation leave etc............................................................................ 8

160........ Resignation......................................................................................... 8

161........ Disclosure of interests........................................................................ 8

162........ Termination of appointment.............................................................. 8

163........ Acting appointment............................................................................ 8

164........ Other terms and conditions of appointment...................................... 8

Division 3—Miscellaneous                                                                                        8

165........ Identity of parties to AWAs not to be disclosed............................... 8

166........ Publication of AWAs etc. by Employment Advocate....................... 8

Part 6—Workplace inspectors                                                                                         8

167........ Inspectors........................................................................................... 8

168........ Identity cards...................................................................................... 8

169........ Powers of inspectors.......................................................................... 8

170........ Disclosure of information by inspectors............................................ 8

Part 7—The Australian Fair Pay and Conditions Standard                            8

Division 1—Preliminary                                                                                              8

171........ Purpose of Part................................................................................... 8

172........ Operation of the Australian Fair Pay and Conditions Standard......... 8

173........ Australian Fair Pay and Conditions Standard cannot be excluded..... 8

174........ Extraterritorial extension..................................................................... 8

175........ Model dispute resolution process...................................................... 8

Division 2—Wages                                                                                                         8

Subdivision A—Preliminary                                                                                     8

176........ AFPC’s wage-setting parameters etc................................................. 8

177........ AFPC to have regard to recommendations of Award Review Taskforce                8

178........ Definitions.......................................................................................... 8

179........ Meaning of casual loading provisions............................................... 8

180........ Meaning of classification.................................................................... 8

181........ Meaning of rate provisions................................................................ 8

Subdivision B—Guarantee of basic rates of pay                                                    8

182........ The guarantee...................................................................................... 8

183........ An employee’s guaranteed hours for the purpose of section 182.... 8

184........ Modified operation of section 182 to continue effect of Supported Wage System for certain employees with a disability............................................................................................. 8

Subdivision C—Guarantee of casual loadings                                                       8

185........ The guarantee...................................................................................... 8

186........ Default casual loading percentage....................................................... 8

187........ Adjustment of default casual loading percentage................................ 8

188........ Only one default casual loading percentage........................................ 8

Subdivision D—Guarantee of frequency of payment                                             8

189........ The guarantee...................................................................................... 8

Subdivision E—Guarantee against reductions below pre-reform commencement rates   8

190........ The guarantee where only basic periodic rates of pay are involved... 8

191........ The guarantee where basic piece rates of pay are involved................ 8

192........ The guarantee for casual loadings that apply to basic periodic rates of pay           8

Subdivision F—The guarantee against reductions below Federal Minimum Wages (FMWs)         8

193........ The guarantee...................................................................................... 8

Subdivision G—Federal Minimum Wages (FMWs)                                             8

194........ When is there an FMW for an employee?.......................................... 8

195........ Standard FMW................................................................................... 8

196........ Adjustment of standard FMW........................................................... 8

197........ Determination of special FMWs........................................................ 8

198........ AFPC to state whether special FMW is a minimum standard for APCSs              8

199........ How a special FMW is to be expressed............................................. 8

200........ Adjustment of a special FMW........................................................... 8

Subdivision H—Australian Pay and Classification Scales (APCSs): general provisions 8

201........ What is an APCS?.............................................................................. 8

202........ What must or may be in an APCS?.................................................... 8

203........ How pay rates and loadings are to be expressed in an APCS............ 8

204........ When is employment covered by an APCS?...................................... 8

205........ What if 2 or more APCSs would otherwise cover an employee?....... 8

206........ AFPC to remove coverage rules described by reference to State or Territory boundaries      8

207........ Deeming APCS rates to at least equal FMW rates after first exercise of AFPC’s powers takes effect  8

Subdivision I—Australian Pay and Classification Scales: preserved APCSs 8

208........ Deriving preserved APCSs from pre-reform wage instruments......... 8

209........ Notional adjustment: rates and loadings determined as for reform comparison day               8

210........ Notional adjustment: deducing basic periodic rate of pay and casual loading from composite rate        8

211........ Notional adjustment: how basic periodic rates and loadings are expressed             8

212........ Regulations dealing with notional adjustments................................... 8

213........ Certain regulations relating to preserved APCSs may take effect before registration             8

Subdivision J—Australian Pay and Classification Scales: new APCSs          8

214........ AFPC may determine new APCSs..................................................... 8

Subdivision K—Australian Pay and Classification Scales: duration, adjustment and revocation of APCSs (preserved or new)                                                                                                   8

215........ Duration of APCSs............................................................................. 8

216........ Adjustment of APCSs........................................................................ 8

217........ Revocation of APCSs......................................................................... 8

Subdivision L—Adjustments to incorporate 2005 Safety Net Review etc.       8

218........ Adjustments to incorporate 2005 Safety Net Review....................... 8

219........ Regulations may require adjustments to incorporate other decisions 8

Subdivision M—Special provisions relating to APCSs for employees with disabilities and employees to whom training arrangements apply                                                                       8

220........ Employees with disabilities................................................................ 8

221........ Employees to whom training arrangements apply............................. 8

Subdivision N—Miscellaneous                                                                                 8

222........ Anti-discrimination considerations..................................................... 8

Division 3—Maximum ordinary hours of work                                               8

Subdivision A—Preliminary                                                                                     8

223........ Employees to whom Division applies............................................... 8

224........ Definitions.......................................................................................... 8

225........ Agreement between employees and employers................................. 8

Subdivision B—Guarantee of maximum ordinary hours of work                      8

226........ The guarantee...................................................................................... 8

Division 4—Annual leave                                                                                           8

Subdivision A—Preliminary                                                                                     8

227........ Employees to whom Division applies............................................... 8

228........ Definitions.......................................................................................... 8

229........ Meaning of nominal hours worked.................................................... 8

230........ Agreement between employees and employers................................. 8

231........ Regulations may prescribe different definitions for piece rate employees              8

Subdivision B—Guarantee of annual leave                                                             8

232........ The guarantee...................................................................................... 8

233........ Entitlement to cash out annual leave.................................................. 8

Subdivision C—Annual leave rules                                                                         8

234........ Annual leave—accrual, crediting and accumulation rules................... 8

235........ Annual leave—payment rules............................................................ 8

236........ Rules about taking annual leave.......................................................... 8

237........ Annual leave and workers’ compensation.......................................... 8

Subdivision D—Service: annual leave                                                                     8

238........ Annual leave—service........................................................................ 8

Division 5—Personal leave                                                                                       8

Subdivision A—Preliminary                                                                                     8

239........ Employees to whom Division applies............................................... 8

240........ Definitions.......................................................................................... 8

241........ Meaning of nominal hours worked.................................................... 8

242........ Agreement between employees and employers................................. 8

243........ Regulations may prescribe different definitions for piece rate employees              8

244........ Meaning of personal/carer’s leave..................................................... 8

Subdivision B—Guarantee of paid personal/carer’s leave                                  8

245........ The guarantee...................................................................................... 8

246........ Paid personal/carer’s leave—accrual, crediting and accumulation rules 8

247........ Paid personal/carer’s leave—payment rule........................................ 8

248........ Paid personal/carer’s leave—workers’ compensation........................ 8

249........ Paid carer’s leave—annual limit.......................................................... 8

Subdivision C—Guarantee of unpaid carer’s leave                                               8

250........ The guarantee...................................................................................... 8

251........ Unpaid carer’s leave—how taken....................................................... 8

252........ Unpaid carer’s leave—paid personal leave exhausted........................ 8

Subdivision D—Notice and evidence requirements: personal/carer’s leave    8

253........ Sick leave—notice............................................................................... 8

254........ Sick leave—documentary evidence..................................................... 8

255........ Carer’s leave—notice.......................................................................... 8

256........ Carer’s leave—documentary evidence................................................ 8

Subdivision E—Guarantee of compassionate leave                                               8

257........ The guarantee...................................................................................... 8

258........ Taking compassionate leave............................................................... 8

259........ Compassionate leave—payment rule................................................. 8

Subdivision F—Personal leave: service                                                                  8

260........ Paid personal leave—service.............................................................. 8

261........ Unpaid carer’s leave—service............................................................ 8

Division 6—Parental leave                                                                                        8

Subdivision A—Preliminary                                                                                     8

262........ Employees to whom Division applies............................................... 8

263........ Definitions.......................................................................................... 8

264........ Meaning of eligible casual employee.................................................. 8

Subdivision B—Guarantee of maternity leave                                                       8

265........ The guarantee...................................................................................... 8

266........ Period of maternity leave.................................................................... 8

267........ Period of special maternity leave........................................................ 8

268........ Transfer to a safe job.......................................................................... 8

Subdivision C—Maternity leave: documentation                                                   8

269........ Special maternity leave—documentation........................................... 8

270........ Ordinary maternity leave—medical certificate................................... 8

271........ Ordinary maternity leave—application.............................................. 8

Subdivision D—Maternity leave: from start to finish                                           8

272........ Maternity leave—start of leave.......................................................... 8

273........ Requirement to take leave—for 6 weeks after birth........................... 8

274........ Requirement to take leave—within 6 weeks before birth................... 8

275........ End of pregnancy—effect on ordinary maternity leave entitlement.. 8

276........ Death of child—effect on ordinary maternity leave entitlement........ 8

277........ End of ordinary maternity leave if employee stops being primary care-giver         8

278........ Variation of period of ordinary maternity leave................................. 8

279........ Employee’s right to terminate employment during maternity leave.. 8

280........ Return to work guarantee—maternity leave....................................... 8

281........ Replacement employees—maternity leave........................................ 8

Subdivision E—Guarantee of paternity leave                                                         8

282........ The guarantee...................................................................................... 8

283........ Period of paternity leave.................................................................... 8

284........ Short paternity leave—concurrent leave taken by spouse................. 8

285........ Long paternity leave—not to be concurrent with maternity leave taken by spouse               8

Subdivision F—Paternity leave: documentation                                                    8

286........ Paternity leave—medical certificate................................................... 8

287........ Short paternity leave—application.................................................... 8

288........ Long paternity leave—documentation............................................... 8

Subdivision G—Paternity leave: from start to finish                                            8

289........ Short paternity leave—when taken.................................................... 8

290........ Long paternity leave—when taken..................................................... 8

291........ End of pregnancy—effect on paternity leave..................................... 8

292........ Death of child—effect on paternity leave.......................................... 8

293........ End of long paternity leave if employee stops being primary care-giver                8

294........ Variation of period of long paternity leave......................................... 8

295........ Employee’s right to terminate employment during paternity leave... 8

296........ Return to work guarantee—paternity leave....................................... 8

297........ Replacement employees—long paternity leave................................. 8

Subdivision H—Guarantee of adoption leave                                                          8

298........ Meaning of eligible child..................................................................... 8

299........ The guarantee—pre-adoption leave.................................................... 8

300........ The guarantee—adoption leave.......................................................... 8

301........ Period of adoption leave..................................................................... 8

302........ Short adoption leave—concurrent leave taken by spouse.................. 8

303........ Long adoption leave—not to be concurrent with adoption leave taken by spouse 8

Subdivision I—Adoption leave: documentation                                                      8

304........ Adoption leave—notice...................................................................... 8

305........ Short adoption leave—application..................................................... 8

306........ Long adoption leave—application...................................................... 8

307........ Adoption leave—additional documents............................................. 8

Subdivision J—Adoption leave: from start to finish                                             8

308........ Short adoption leave—when taken..................................................... 8

309........ Long adoption leave—when taken..................................................... 8

310........ Placement does not proceed—effect on adoption leave..................... 8

311........ End of long adoption leave if employee stops being primary care-giver 8

312........ Variation of period of long adoption leave......................................... 8

313........ Employee’s right to terminate employment during adoption leave... 8

314........ Return to work guarantee—adoption leave........................................ 8

315........ Replacement employees—long adoption leave.................................. 8

Subdivision K—Parental leave: service                                                                  8

316........ Parental leave and service................................................................... 8

Division 7—Civil remedies                                                                                       8

317........ Definition............................................................................................ 8

318........ Civil remedies..................................................................................... 8

319........ Standing for civil remedies.................................................................. 8

320........ Court orders........................................................................................ 8

Part 8—Workplace agreements                                                                                     8

Division 1—Preliminary                                                                                              8

321........ Definitions.......................................................................................... 8

322........ Single business and single employer................................................... 8

323........ New business...................................................................................... 8

324........ Extended operation of Part in relation to proposed workplace agreements            8

325........ Extraterritorial extension..................................................................... 8

Division 2—Types of workplace agreements                                                  8

326........ Australian workplace agreements (AWAs)........................................ 8

327........ Employee collective agreements......................................................... 8

328........ Union collective agreements............................................................... 8

329........ Union greenfields agreements............................................................. 8

330........ Employer greenfields agreements....................................................... 8

331........ Multiple-business agreements............................................................ 8

332........ Authorisation of multiple-business agreements................................. 8

333........ When a workplace agreement is made................................................ 8

Division 3—Bargaining agents                                                                                8

334........ Bargaining agents—AWAs................................................................. 8

335........ Bargaining agents—employee collective agreements.......................... 8

Division 4—Pre-lodgment procedure                                                                  8

336........ Eligible employee................................................................................ 8

337........ Providing employees with ready access and information statement.. 8

338........ Employees may waive ready access................................................... 8

339........ Prohibition on withdrawal from union collective agreement.............. 8

340........ Approval of a workplace agreement................................................... 8

341........ Employer must not lodge unapproved agreement.............................. 8

Division 5—Lodgment                                                                                                 8

342........ Employer must lodge certain workplace agreements with the Employment Advocate          8

343........ Lodging multiple-business agreement without authorisation............. 8

344........ Lodging of workplace agreement documents with the Employment Advocate       8

345........ Employment Advocate must issue receipt for lodgment of declaration for workplace agreement          8

346........ Employer must notify employees after lodging workplace agreement 8

Division 6—Operation of workplace agreements and persons bound 8

347........ When a workplace agreement is in operation..................................... 8

348........ Relationship between overlapping workplace agreements................. 8

349........ Effect of awards while workplace agreement is in operation............. 8

350........ Workplace agreement displaces certain Commonwealth laws............ 8

351........ Persons bound by workplace agreements........................................... 8

Division 7—Content of workplace agreements                                              8

Subdivision A—Required content                                                                            8

352........ Nominal expiry date........................................................................... 8

353........ Workplace agreement to include dispute settlement procedures........ 8

354........ Protected award conditions................................................................ 8

355........ Calling up content of other documents............................................... 8

Subdivision B—Prohibited content                                                                          8

356........ Prohibited content.............................................................................. 8

357........ Employer must not lodge agreement containing prohibited content.. 8

358........ Prohibited content in workplace agreement is void............................ 8

359........ Initiating consideration of removal of prohibited content.................. 8

360........ Employment Advocate must give notice that he or she is considering variation     8

361........ Matters to be contained in notice....................................................... 8

362........ Employer must ensure employees have ready access to notice......... 8

363........ Employment Advocate must remove prohibited content from agreement              8

364........ Employer must give employees notice of removal of prohibited content               8

365........ Seeking to include prohibited content in an agreement....................... 8

366........ Misrepresentations about prohibited content.................................... 8

Division 8—Varying a workplace agreement                                                   8

Subdivision A—General                                                                                             8

367........ Varying a workplace agreement.......................................................... 8

368........ When a variation to a workplace agreement is made.......................... 8

Subdivision B—Pre-lodgment procedure for variations                                      8

369........ Eligible employee in relation to variation of workplace agreement.... 8

370........ Providing employees with ready access and information statement.. 8

371........ Employees may waive ready access................................................... 8

372........ Prohibition on withdrawal from variation to union collective agreement or union greenfields agreement               8

373........ Approval of a variation to a workplace agreement............................. 8

374........ Employer must not lodge unapproved variation................................ 8

Subdivision C—Lodgment of variations                                                                  8

375........ Employer must lodge variations with the Employment Advocate.... 8

376........ Lodging variation to multiple-business agreement without authorisation               8

377........ Lodging of variation documents with the Employment Advocate..... 8

378........ Employment Advocate must issue receipt for lodgment of declaration for variation             8

379........ Employer must notify employees after lodging variation.................. 8

Subdivision D—When a variation comes into operation                                      8

380........ When a variation comes into operation.............................................. 8

Division 9—Terminating a workplace agreement                                         8

Subdivision A—General                                                                                             8

381........ Types of termination.......................................................................... 8

Subdivision B—Termination by approval (pre-lodgment procedure)                 8

382........ Terminating a workplace agreement by approval............................... 8

383........ Eligible employee in relation to termination of workplace agreement 8

384........ Providing employees with information statement.............................. 8

385........ Prohibition on withdrawal from termination of union collective agreement or union greenfields agreement           8

386........ Approval of a termination.................................................................. 8

387........ Employer must not lodge unapproved termination............................ 8

Subdivision C—Termination by approval (lodgment)                                           8

388........ Employer must lodge termination with the Employment Advocate.. 8

389........ Lodging termination documents with the Employment Advocate..... 8

390........ Employment Advocate must issue receipt for lodgment of declaration for termination         8

391........ Employer must notify employees after lodging termination.............. 8

Subdivision D—Unilateral termination after nominal expiry date                     8

392........ Unilateral termination in a manner provided for in workplace agreement               8

393........ Unilateral termination with 90 days written notice............................ 8

394........ Undertakings about post-termination conditions............................... 8

395........ Lodging unilateral termination documents with the Employment Advocate           8

396........ Employment Advocate must issue receipt for lodgment of declaration for notice of termination          8

397........ Employer must notify employees after lodging notice of termination 8

Subdivision E—Effect of termination                                                                       8

398........ When a termination takes effect......................................................... 8

399........ Consequence of termination of agreement—application of other industrial instruments        8

Division 10—Prohibited conduct                                                                            8

400........ Coercion and duress............................................................................ 8

401........ False or misleading statements........................................................... 8

402........ Employers not to discriminate between unionist and non-unionist... 8

Division 11—Contravention of civil remedy provisions                            8

Subdivision A—General                                                                                             8

403........ General powers of Court not affected by this Division..................... 8

404........ Workplace inspector may take over proceeding................................. 8

405........ Standing for civil remedies.................................................................. 8

Subdivision B—Pecuniary penalty for contravention of civil remedy provisions &n