Fair work road-show to help Australian business better understand new Fair Work Act

2 October 2009

The Australian Government is delivering seminars and workshops around the country to ensure that Australians can access the information they need to better understand the requirements of the Fair Work Act 2009.

Under the Fair Work Education and Information Program banner, the Australian Government is providing $12.9 million in funding to selected community, employee, employer and small business organisations to deliver education and information about the Fair Work Act. 

More than 1400 workshops and seminars are scheduled as part of the program with the majority to be held in rural and remote locations. The seminars are free, and are open to all members of the public, not just business owners. The seminars are supported by a variety of online resources located on the Fair Work website.

The Fair Work Act 2009 (FW Act) sets out a number of requirements that businesses, particularly smaller businesses, needs to be aware of.  Government authorities strongly recommended that best practice involves knowing your rights and obligations as an employer and knowing who to contact if you need assistance.

Aspects of the FW Act commenced on 1 July 2009 including new unfair dismissal laws and the small business fair dismissal code. There are also new requirements for employees and employers to bargain in good faith when making enterprise agreements.

For more information about the seminars and webinars, visit www.fairwork.gov.au or call the Fair Work Infoline on
13 13 94.

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