Australia

Australia is a founding member of the ILO and a major contributor to the work of the organization both technically and financially through the Australian Government-ILO Partnership Agreement (2010-2015) and through bilateral support for technical cooperation projects in recent years, most notably in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and the Pacific Island countries. Australia has ratified 63 ILO Conventions, including seven of the eight fundamental Conventions. The country’s most recent ratification was registered on 21 December 2011, the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC).

Australia has a mature and balanced national workplace relations system with a solid tradition of industrial relations and social dialogue. The legislative basis for this system is the Fair Work Act 2009. The provisions in this Act include ten National Employment Standards; a modern awards system; a collective bargaining framework and unfair dismissal laws. The Act has established an independent industrial relations body or ‘umpire’, Fair Work Australia.

The Government, Workers' and Employers’ organizations are firmly committed to the decent work agenda and support sustainable development and decent work outcomes through the Australian Government-ILO Partnership Agreement 2010-2015.

The Australian Government held a seat on the ILO’s Governing Body (GB) almost continuously from 1945 to 1996. It stepped down in 1996 to allow other members in the subregion to stand for election, but regained GB membership in June 2005. In March 2008 Australia was re-elected for a second term as the GB member for the Far East Asia and Pacific electoral subregion, representing Australia, New Zealand, Mongolia, Republic of Korea and the eight Pacific Island member States.

ILO activities in Australia are supported through the ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, in Bangkok, Thailand.


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