June 2008

The Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced the final National Employment Standards which will become effective from 1 January 2010. A revised request has also been issued to the Australian Industrial Relations Commission in relation to the Award Modernisation process providing guidance on how the NES and modern awards are to interact. Importantly, the Australian Industrial Relations Commission has been directed to establish an award for non managerial employees who are currently award free, but perform similar work to award covered employees. Click here for full details of the NES.