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The Fair Work Workplace Relations System

Latest News

  • The Fair Work Information Statement, to be provided to new employees from 1 January 2010, has now been published by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

    Penalties of up to $33,000 apply for failure to provide the Statement.

The Fair Work legislation has introduced major changes to the workplace relations system, affecting bargaining, agreement making, termination of employment and union rights of entry.

On 1 January 2010, the new modern award system and the National Employment Standards commenced operation.

Members can stay on top of developments and access further information through:

Members can also contact the Workplace Advice Service, on 1300 78 38 44, for assistance.

Ai Group has also produced two booklets to assist members:

Fact Sheets

Members have access to a series of Fact Sheets on Workplace Relations issues as part of the BIZassist Manual (Section 3 - Managing Your Employees).

Fact Sheets have now been updated to reflect the Fair Work legislation.

Topics include:

  • The Fair Work Act (including the National Employment Standards, which commence on 1 January 2010);
  • Minimum Conditions of Employment and Awards (including modern awards, which commence on 1 January 2010);
  • Enterprise Bargaining (including the new good faith bargaining requirements);
  • Employee Records;
  • Unions (including rights of entry);
  • Termination of Employment;
  • Redundancy;
  • Unfair dismissal and Unlawful Termination.

Members can also contact the Workplace Advice Service, on 1300 78 38 44, for assistance.


Ai Group is actively representing members’ interests in the process of shaping the new workplace relations system.

Ai Group's submissions during the development of the Fair Work legislation, and submissions to the Australian Industrial Relations Commission as part of the award modernisation process, are available under Workplace Relations Submissions.

Workplace Relations Training

Ai Group has developed a full range of professional short courses to match the training and skills needs of business. Booking training is only a couple of clicks away.

Find Workplace Relations training in: NSW | VIC | QLD | SA | ACT

Short courses include Managing Redundancies, Managing Ill and Injured Workers, Managing Performance, Managing Recruitment and much more.

National Employment Standards (NES)

How do the new National Employment Standards affect your business? 
Since 1 January 2010, the National Employment Standards (NES) have applied as a new set of national employment entitlements under the Fair Work Act 2009. The NES, together with modern awards, form the safety net of conditions for employees under the national system. The NES apply to all such employees, whether award-covered, agreement-covered or award / agreement free.