The Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes) Bill 2023, incorporating a range of amendments was passed by the House of Representatives on 29 November and was introduced to the Senate on 4 December 2023.
On 7 December, an unexpected agreement was reached in the Senate enabling elements of the Bill to be passed by the Parliament. This included contentious elements relating to wage theft, closing the labour hire loophole and worker delegates’ rights.
The elements of the Bill that the Senate agreed to were retained in a pared down version of the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes) Bill 2023 which was passed by the Parliament on 7 December 2023 and now awaits Royal Assent.
A range of other major amendments are still being pursued by the Government through a separate bill, the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes No. 2) Bill 2023 which will be considered by the Senate early next year.