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Basic labour law information

Australia - Basic laws in NATLEX

01.01) Constitutional law
     Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act.

01.02) Labour codes, general labour and employment acts
     Fair Work Act 2009 (No. 28, 2009).

01.04) Criminal and penal law
     Crimes Act 1914 (No. 12, 1914).
     Criminal Code Act 1995 (No. 12, 1955).

01.05) Human rights
     Freedom of Information Act 1982 (No. 3, 1982).
     Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (No. 125, 1986).
     Privacy Act 1988 (No. 119, 1988).

01.07) Environmental, Climate and Sustainable Development Laws
     National Environment Protection Council Act 1994, No. 126

02) Freedom of association, collective bargaining and industrial relations
     Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 (Act No. 86 of 1988).

03) Elimination of forced labour
     Modern Slavery Act 2018 (No. 153, 2018).
     Criminal Code Amendment (Slavery and Sexual Servitude) Act 1999 (Act No. 104)

05) Equality of opportunity and treatment
     Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (No. 125, 1986).
     Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (No. 91, 1986).

05.01) Non-discrimination
     Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (No. 135 of 1992).
     Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (No. 4, 1984).
     Age Discrimination Act 2004 (No. 68, 2004).
     Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (No. 52, 1975).

08.01) Disabled workers
     Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (No. 135 of 1992).

08.02) Older workers
     Age Discrimination Act 2004 (No. 68, 2004).

09) Education, vocational guidance and training
     National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 (No. 12, 2011).

10) Employment security, termination of employment
     Fair Entitlements Guarantee Act 2012 (Act No. 159 of 2012).

12.01) Labour contracts
     Independent Contractors Act 2006 (No. 162, 2006).

12.02) Wages
     National Minimum Wage Order 2014.

14) Occupational safety and health
     Safe Work Australia Act 2008 (No. 84, 2009).

15) Social security (general standards)
     Social Security Act 1991 (No. 46, 1991).

15.02) Old-age, invalidity and survivors benefit
     Superannuation Act, 1990 (No. 38, 1990).
     Superannuation Act 2005 (No. 80, 2005).
     Superannuation Act 1976 (No. 31, 1976).
     Superannuation Act 1922 (No. 33, 1922).

15.06) Administration and financing
     Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 (No. 191, 1999).

16) Maternity protection
     Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 (No. 104, 2010).

17) Migrant workers
     Migration Act 1958 (No. 62, 1958).

18) Seafarers
     Navigation Act 1912 (Act No. 4, 1913).
     Shipping Registration Act 1981 (No. 8, 1981).

18.06) Seafarers - Occupational safety and health and welfare
     Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) Act 1993 (No. 10 of 1994)

18.08) Seafarers - Social security
     Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992 (No. 234 of 1992)

19) Fishers
     Fisheries Management Act 1991 (No. 162, 1991).
     Fisheries Administration Act 1991 (No. 61, 1991).

21) Indigenous and tribal peoples
     Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 (Act No. 150, 1989).
     Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984 (No. 79, 1984).

22.10) Public and civil servants
     Public Service Act 1999 (No. 147 of 1999).

Australian Capital Territory - Basic laws in NATLEX

04) Elimination of child labour, protection of children and young persons
     Children and Young People Act 2008 (A2008-19).

04.01) Hazardous child labour
     Children and Young People Act 2008 (A2008-19).

09) Education, vocational guidance and training
     Training and Tertiary Education Act 2003 (A2003-36).

12.02) Wages
     Remuneration Tribunal Act 1995 (A1995-55).

13) Conditions of work
     Workplace Privacy Act 2011 (A2011-4).

14.01) Protection against particular hazards
     Dangerous Substances Act 2004 (A2004-7).

22.10) Public and civil servants
     Public Sector Management Act 1994 (A1994-37).

New South Wales - Basic laws in NATLEX

01.01) Constitutional law
     Constitution Act 1902 No 32.

02) Freedom of association, collective bargaining and industrial relations
     Industrial Relations Act 1996 No 17.
     Essential Services Act 1988 No 41.
     Industrial Relations (Commonwealth Powers) Act 2009 No 115.
     Industrial Relations Advisory Council Act 2010 No 76.

04) Elimination of child labour, protection of children and young persons
     Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 No 157.
     Industrial Relations (Child Employment) Act 2006 No 96.

05) Equality of opportunity and treatment
     Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (Act 48 of 1977).

08) Employment policy, promotion of employment and employment services
     Disability Inclusion Act 2014 No 41.

09) Education, vocational guidance and training
     Education Act 1990 No 8.
     Higher Education Act 2001 No 102.
     Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act 2001 (No. 80).

10) Employment security, termination of employment
     Employment Protection Act 1982 No 122.

12) Conditions of employment
     Long Service Leave (Metalliferous Mining Industry) Act 1963 No 48.
     Industrial Relations (Ethical Clothing Trades) Act 2001 (No. 128).

13.01) Hours of work, weekly rest and paid leave
     Public Holidays Act 2010 No 115.

14) Occupational safety and health
     Work Health and Safety Act 2011 No 10.

15.03) Employment accident and occupational disease benefit
     Workers Compensation Regulation 2016 [2016-559].

22.06) Hotel, restaurant and shop workers
     Retail Trading Act 2008 No 49.

22.10) Public and civil servants
     Government Sector Employment Act 2013 No 40.

Northern Territory - Basic laws in NATLEX

01.04) Criminal and penal law
     Criminal Code Act 1983 (Act No. 47, 1983).

04) Elimination of child labour, protection of children and young persons
     Care and Protection of Children Act 2007 (Act No. 37, 2007).

08.01) Disabled workers
     Disability Services Act 1993 (Act No. 31, 1993).

09) Education, vocational guidance and training
     Training and Skills Development Act 2016 (Act No. 25 of 2016).
     Education Act 2015 (Act No. 28 of 2015).

11) Cooperatives
     Co-operatives Act 1997 (Act No. 14, 1997).

14.01) Protection against particular hazards
     Radiation Protection Act 2004 (Act No. 23, 2004).

15.02) Old-age, invalidity and survivors benefit
     Superannuation Act 1986 (Act No. 38, 1986).

22.10) Public and civil servants
     Public Sector Employment and Management Act 1993 (Act No. 11, 1993).

Queensland - Basic laws in NATLEX

01) General provisions
     Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010, No. 38.

01.01) Constitutional law
     Constitution of Queensland 2001.
     Constitution Act 1867.

01.02) Labour codes, general labour and employment acts
     Industrial Relations Act 2016 (No. 63 of 2016).

04) Elimination of child labour, protection of children and young persons
     Child Employment Act 2006 (Act No. 2 of 2006).

05.01) Non-discrimination
     Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Act No. 85 of 1991)

08) Employment policy, promotion of employment and employment services
     Private Employment Agents Act 2005 No. 15.

09) Education, vocational guidance and training
     Further Education and Training Act 2014 No. 25

12) Conditions of employment
     Contract Cleaning Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Act 2005, No. 21.

13) Conditions of work
     Pastoral Workers' Accommodation Act 1980 No. 31.

14) Occupational safety and health
     Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (No. 18 of 2011).

14.01) Protection against particular hazards
     Electrical Safety Act 2002 No. 42.

14.02) Protection in certain sectors of economic activity
     Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004, No. 25.

22) Specific categories of workers
     Contract Cleaning Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Act 2005, No. 21.

22.01) Agriculture workers
     Pastoral Workers' Accommodation Act 1980 No. 31.

22.02) Mining and quarrying workers
     Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004, No. 25.

22.04) Electricity, gas and water workers
     Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004, No. 25.

22.05) Construction workers
     Building and Construction Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Act 1993 (No. 66 of 1993).

22.10) Public and civil servants
     Local Government Act 2009, No. 17.
     Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010, No. 38.

South Australia - Basic laws in NATLEX

01.01) Constitutional law
     Constitution Act, 1934.

02) Freedom of association, collective bargaining and industrial relations
     Essential Services Commission Act 2002 (Act No. 14 of 2002).
     Essential Services Act, 1981 (No. 75 of 1981)

08.01) Disabled workers
     Disability Services Act 1993 (No. 18 of 1993).

09) Education, vocational guidance and training
     Technical and Further Education Act 1976 (No. 17 of 1976).

13.01) Hours of work, weekly rest and paid leave
     Shop Trading Hours Act 1977 (No. 35 of 1977).

14) Occupational safety and health
     Return to Work Act 2014.
     Work Health and Safety Act 2012.

14.01) Protection against particular hazards
     Radiation Protection and Control Act 1982.

15.02) Old-age, invalidity and survivors benefit
     Superannuation Act 1988 (No. 37 of 1988).

15.03) Employment accident and occupational disease benefit
     Return to Work Act 2014.

15.06) Administration and financing
     Return to Work Corporation of South Australia Act 1994 (No. 16 of 1994).

21) Indigenous and tribal peoples
     Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (No. 12 of 2017).
     Aboriginal Lands Trust Act 2013.

22.02) Mining and quarrying workers
     Mines and Works Inspection Act 1920 (No. 1444 of 1920).

22.06) Hotel, restaurant and shop workers
     Shop Trading Hours Act 1977 (No. 35 of 1977).

22.10) Public and civil servants
     Public Sector Act 2009 (No. 37 of 2009).
     Public Sector (Honesty and Accountability) Act 1995 (No. 39 of 1995).
     Fair Work (Commonwealth Powers) Act 2009.
     Superannuation Act 1988 (No. 37 of 1988).

22.12) Teachers
     Superannuation Act 1988 (No. 37 of 1988).

Tasmania - Basic laws in NATLEX

01.07) Environmental, Climate and Sustainable Development Laws
     Climate Change (State Action) Act 2008 (No. 36 of 2008).

02) Freedom of association, collective bargaining and industrial relations
     Industrial Relations Act 1984 (No. 21 of 1984).
     Industrial Relations (Commonwealth Powers) Act 2009 (No. 88 of 2009).
     Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Act 2014 (No. 25 of 2014).

04) Elimination of child labour, protection of children and young persons
     Commissioner for Children and Young People Act 2016 (No. 2 of 2016).

08.01) Disabled workers
     Disability Services Act 2011 (No. 27 of 2011).

09) Education, vocational guidance and training
     Education Act, 2016 (No. 51 of 2016).

11) Cooperatives
     Co-operatives National Law (Tasmania) Act 2015 (No. 6 of 2015).

14) Occupational safety and health
     Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (No. 1 of 2012).
     Work Health and Safety (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Act 2012 (No. 2 of 2012).

14.01) Protection against particular hazards
     Asbestos-Related Diseases (Occupational Exposure) Compensation Act 2011 (No. 29 of 2011).

14.02) Protection in certain sectors of economic activity
     Mines Work Health and Safety (Supplementary Requirements) Act 2012 (No. 46 of 2012).

15.03) Employment accident and occupational disease benefit
     Asbestos-Related Diseases (Occupational Exposure) Compensation Act 2011 (No. 29 of 2011).

22.02) Mining and quarrying workers
     Mines Work Health and Safety (Supplementary Requirements) Act 2012 (No. 46 of 2012).

Victoria - Basic laws in NATLEX

01.01) Constitutional law
     Constitution Act 1975 (No. 8750 of 1975).

04) Elimination of child labour, protection of children and young persons
     Commission for Children and Young People Act 2012 (No. 79 of 2012).
     Working with Children Act 2005 (No. 57 of 2005).

09) Education, vocational guidance and training
     Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (No. 24 of 2006).

12) Conditions of employment
     Working with Children Act 2005 (No. 57 of 2005).

13) Conditions of work
     Long Service Leave Act 1992 (No. 83 of 1992)

14) Occupational safety and health
     Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (No. 107 of 2004).

15.03) Employment accident and occupational disease benefit
     Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 (No. 67 of 2013).

22.10) Public and civil servants
     State Superannuation Act 1988. No. 50.

Western Australia - Basic laws in NATLEX

01.04) Criminal and penal law
     Young Offenders Act 1994 (No. 104 of 1994).
     Criminal Code Act Compilation Act 1913 (No. 28 of 1913 (4 Geo. V No. 28)).

02) Freedom of association, collective bargaining and industrial relations
     Industrial Relations Act 1979 (No. 114 of 1979).
     Employment Dispute Resolution Act 2008 (No. 18 of 2008).

04) Elimination of child labour, protection of children and young persons
     Young Offenders Act 1994 (No. 104 of 1994).
     Commissioner for Children and Young People Act 2006 (No. 48 of 2006).

05) Equality of opportunity and treatment
     Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (No. 83 of 1984)

08) Employment policy, promotion of employment and employment services
     Employment Agents Act 1976 (No. 10 of 1976).

09) Education, vocational guidance and training
     Vocational Education and Training Act 1996 (No. 42 of 1996).
     Higher Education Act 2004 (No. 73 of 2004).

11) Cooperatives
     Co-operatives Act 2009 (No. 24 of 2009).

13) Conditions of work
     Minimum Conditions of Employment Act 1993 (No. 14 of 1993).

13.01) Hours of work, weekly rest and paid leave
     Long Service Leave Act 1958 (No 44 of 1958).

14) Occupational safety and health
     Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (No. 101 of 1984).

14.01) Protection against particular hazards
     Radiation Safety Act 1975 (No. 44 of 1975).

14.02) Protection in certain sectors of economic activity
     Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 (No 62 of 1994).

15.03) Employment accident and occupational disease benefit
     Workers' Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 (No. 86 of 1981).

22.02) Mining and quarrying workers
     Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 (No 62 of 1994).
  
 

  
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