The Australian Fair Pay and Conditions Standard (the Standard) is a set of five minimum statutory entitlements for wages and conditions that was introduced as part of the Howard Government's WorkChoices amendments to Australian labour law. It came into effect on 27 March 2006. The employment conditions and wages of employees who are covered by the Standard must meet or exceed its provisions. Compliance will be undertaken by Workplace Ombudsman inspectors, who have the power to investigate disputes and enforce valid claims.
As part of its industrial relations changes, the Rudd Government has proposed to augment the Standard by creating ten National Employment Standards. It released a discussion paper calling for public feedback on 14 February 2008. In addition to the existing matters dealt with under Fair Pay and Conditions Standard, the National Employment Standards would also cover matters relating to requests for flexible working arrangements, community service leave, long service leave, public holidays, notice of termination and redundancy pay, and requirements for an information statement to be provided to employees. They are proposed to come into effect from 1 January 2010.
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