The Fair Work system is designed to balance the needs of employees and employers.
Key elements of the system are:
- a comprehensive safety net of minimum employment conditions
- bargaining in good faith at the enterprise level
- protections from unfair dismissal for all employees
- protection for the low-paid
- a balance between work and family life, and
- protection of the freedom to choose to be represented in the workplace.
The Fair Work system is enforced in part by two independent bodies:
- The Fair Work Commission is the national workplace relations tribunal and has the power to carry out a range of functions including providing a safety net of minimum conditions, resolving workplace disputes and facilitating good faith bargaining.
- The Fair Work Ombudsman helps employees, employers, contractors and the wider community understand their workplace rights and responsibilities and enforces compliance with Australia’s workplace laws.