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Industry welcomes passage of 4 Yearly Review Bill through Parliament

"The Australian Industry Group welcomes the passage through Parliament last night of the Fair Work Amendment (Repeal of 4 Yearly Reviews and Other Measures) Bill 2017. This is an important Bill and it is pleasing to see political differences put aside to allow this sensible Bill to pass," Ai Group Chief Executive, Innes Willox, said today.

"The Bill implements two key recommendations of the Productivity Commission Review into the Workplace Relations Framework:  

  • Firstly, to abolish the requirement for the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to conduct reviews of awards every four years. The last 4 Yearly Review is still continuing after 5 years, with no end in sight.
  • Secondly, to give the FWC more discretion to overlook minor technical errors when enterprise agreements are made and lodged for approval, provided that employees are not disadvantaged.

"Ai Group expresses its thanks to the Government, Opposition and those Crossbenchers who supported the Bill. The Bill has been stalled in Parliament for the past 18 months and it is great to see that the Bill has finally been approved," Mr Willox said.  

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