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  • Policy Category: Workplace Relations

Workplace Relations

Fair Work Act (and predecessors)

  • Preview NFF submission to Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 Inquiry (PDF 795.3 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee on 6 April, 2017

    NFF Submission to the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 Inquiry.

  • Preview NFF submission to Fair Work Amendment (Repeal of 4 Yearly Reviews and Other Measures) Bill 2017 (PDF 286.3 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee on 6 April, 2017

    NFF Submission to the Fair Work Amendment (Repeal of 4 Yearly Reviews and Other Measures) Bill 2017 Inquiry.

  • Preview Fair Trade (Workers' Rights) Bill 2013 inquiry: Submission (PDF 673.2 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Standing Committee on 24 February, 2014

    The NFF's 2013 Submission to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Standing Committee on the Fair Trade (Workers' Rights) Bill 2013 outlines the NFF's commitment to policies that support trade and investment, liberalisation, and recognise the benefits to Australia from increased access to markets. In addition, the NFF also recognises the importance of regulations which protect workers' basic rights.

  • Preview Fair Work Amendment Bill 2013 : Submission (PDF 524.1 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee and House of Representatives, Standing Committee on Education and Employment on 15 April, 2013

    The NFF’s submission to the Fair Work Amendment Bill addresses several key issues in the second tranche of changes to the Fair Work Act 2009. Primarily, the Submission addresses issues around flexible working arrangements, workplace bullying, right to entry and issues around awards and agreements. The NFF believes that the Bill requires rigorous scrutiny before it is proceeded with.

  • Preview Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012: Submission (PDF 451.2 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on 2 December, 2012

    The NFF's submission to the proposed Human Rights and Anti – Discrimination Bill 2012 consolidates a number of pieces of discrimination legislation, including the Age Discrimination Act, the Disability Discrimination Act, and the Racial and the Sex Discrimination Acts.

  • Preview First three years of the Fair Work Act 2009: Submission (PDF 557.7 kb)
    Submitted to Fair Work Australia on 12 April, 2012

    The NFF’s 12 April 2012 submission to Fair Work Australia for the review of the first three years of the Fair Work Act (including individual flexibility arrangements and the National Employment Standards) recommends that Fair Work Australia reduce red tape, confusion and complexities within the Fair Work Act.

  • Preview Fair Work Act Review: Submission (PDF 2.8 Mb)
    Submitted to Fair Work Act Review Panel on 17 February, 2012

    The NFF’s 17 February 2012 submission to the Fair Work Act Review Panel makes ten recommendations, based on the understanding that economic prosperity and growth requires fairness and security in the workplace.

  • Preview Fair Work Bill 2008: Submission (PDF 466.7 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations on 23 December, 2008

    The NFF's 23 December 2008 submission addresses three core concerns within the Fair Work Bill 2008, including the application of the Bill, technical details and policy concerns. While the Bill reflects a generally balanced approach to reforming the national workplace relations system, based on extensive consultation, many concerns of the agricultural sector have not been addressed.

  • Preview Collective Bargaining Thresholds: Submission (PDF 50.9 kb)
    Submitted to Treasury on 27 November, 2006

    The NFF's 27 November 2006 submission to Treasury advocates for transaction thresholds for farmers to enable collective bargaining notifications to be raised, taking into account the high turnover/low margin nature of agricultural production.

  • Preview Independent Contractors Bill 2006 and Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (Independent Contractors) Bill 2006: Submission (PDF 275.3 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Committee on 21 July, 2006

    The NFF's 21 July 2006 submission provides support for the Bill introducing greater freedom to enter into genuine independent contracting arrangements, while also raising concerns about the Corporations Power and deeming provisions within State legislation.

  • Preview WorkChoices Discussion Papers: Submission (PDF 409.1 kb)
    Submitted to Award Review Taskforce on 3 February, 2006

    The NFF's 3 February 2006 submission highlights issues in relation to the simplification and rationalisation process under WorkChoices.

  • Preview Workplace Relations Amendment (WorkChoices) Bill 2005: Submission (PDF 201.7 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Committee on 10 November, 2005

    The NFF's 10 November 2005 submission supports the passing of the WorkChoices Bill and outlines the NFF's call for deregulation of the workplace.

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Wages & conditions

  • Preview Draft Report of the Productivity Commission on the Workplace Relations Framework: Submission (DOCX 652.0 kb)
    Submitted to Productivity Commission on 18 September, 2015

    NFF 15 September 2015 Response to the Draft Report of the Productivity Commission on the Workplace Relations Framework.

  • Preview Annual Wage Review: Submission (PDF 1.5 Mb)
    Submitted to Fair Work Commission on 27 March, 2015

    The NFF 27 March Submission supports an increase in the national minimum wage of 1.1 per cent.

  • Preview Productivity Commission Inquiry into the Workplace Relations Framework: Submission (PDF 1.7 Mb)
    Submitted to Productivity Commission on 13 March, 2015

    The NFF 13 March 2015 Submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into the Workplace Relations Framework outlines changes that the NFF considers will lift productivity in the Australian economy by reducing compliance costs and restoring balance to the framework.

  • Preview Fair Entitlements Guarantee Amendment Bill 2014: Submission (PDF 655.9 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Education and Employment Committees on 12 September, 2014

    The NFF's 12 September 2014 Fair Entitlements Guarantee Amendment Bill 2014 submission to the Senate Education and Employment Committees.

  • Preview Annual leave common issue (PDF 716.0 kb)
    Submitted to Fair Work Commission on 20 June, 2014

    The NFF submission to the 4-yearly review of modern awards (Matter No AM2014/47)

  • Preview 2013-14 Annual Wage Review: Submission (PDF 1.3 Mb)
    Submitted to Fair Work Commission on 28 March, 2014

    The NFF's 28 March 2014 submission to the 2013-14 Annual Wage Review outlines that the national minimum wage increase should be no more than 1.1 per cent including the increase in the Superannuation guarantee levy. And also indicates that any increase should be tied to improvements in productivity.

  • Preview Draft Model Work Health and Safety Code of Practice for Preventing and Responding to Workplace Bullying : Submission (PDF 143.6 kb)
    Submitted to Safe Work Australia on 16 July, 2013

    The NFF’s submission to Safe Work Australia in relation to the Draft Model Work Health and Safety Code of Practice for Preventing and Responding to Workplace Bullying responds to key issues within the draft code, and recommends specifically that rather than a ‘Code of Practice’, this be reworked into a set of guidelines.

  • Preview Agriculture Employer Workforce Planning Capacities : Submission (PDF 1.1 Mb)
    Submitted to National Rural Advisory Council on 26 April, 2013

    The NFF's 26 April submission to NRAC outlines the key issues the NFF believes need to be addressed to enhance the workforce planning capabilities of agricultural employers.

  • Preview Annual Wage Review : Submission (PDF 411.6 kb)
    Submitted to Fair Work Commission on 28 March, 2013

    The NFF’s 28 March 2013 Submission to the Fair Work Commission supports a wage increase of $9.00 per week for the national minimum wage, including the Superannuation Guarantee Levy increase of $1.50. The NFF believes the increase will ensure a basic safety net for vulnerable employees on the minimum wage while enabling the unemployed and low paid workers to obtain, and remain in employment.

  • Preview 2011-12 Wage Review: Submission (PDF 252.6 kb)
    Submitted to Fair Work Australia on 16 March, 2012

    The NFF's 16 March 2012 submission to the 2011-12 Annual Wage Review encourages a close consideration of the argument that minimum wages should be set at a level sufficient to encourage labour force participation. The view of NFF is that the federal minimum wage should be increased.

  • Preview 2010-11 Wage Review: Submission (PDF 205.3 kb)
    Submitted to Fair Work Australia on 18 March, 2011

    The NFF's 18 March 2011 submission to the Annual Wage Review 2010-11 highlights that while the east coast of Australia is no longer drought declared, the "catch up" effect on farm profits arising from nine continual years of drought is ongoing.

  • Preview 2009 Wage Review: Submission (PDF 1.5 Mb)
    Submitted to Australian Fair Pay Commission on 20 March, 2009

    The NFF’s 20 March 2009 submission to the Australian Fair Pay Commission's Wage Review outlines the intensifying impact of drought, the global economic crisis and recent domestic disasters on rural employers.

  • Preview 2008 Wage Review: Submission (PDF 489.7 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Fair Pay Commission on 17 March, 2008

    The NFF’s 17 March 2008 Submission to the Australian Fair Pay Commission’s 2008 General Wage Review highlights the continuing impact of the drought on the sector, as well as flagging key economic concerns surrounding wages growth and its impact on interest rates and inflationary pressures. The submission calls for a wage increase of no more than the Consumer Price Index.

  • Preview 2007 Wages and Allowances Review: Submission (PDF 1.5 Mb)
    Submitted to Australian Industrial Relations Commission on 9 August, 2007

    The NFF's 9 August 2007 submission to the Australian Industrial Relations Commission 2007 Wages and Allowances Review, calls for a flow-on of the Australian Fair Pay Commission's wage decision, including the deferral of wage increases for eligible drought-affected farmers.

  • Preview Workplace Relations (Restoring Family Work Balance) Amendment Bill: Submission (PDF 114.6 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Committee on 4 June, 2007

    The NFF’s 4 June 2007 submission to the Restoring Family Work Balance Bill Inquiry outlines the NFF's position in not support the passage of the legislation and stating its objective to achieve fair and flexible workplaces with negotiable employment conditions.

  • Preview 2007 Wage Review: Submission (PDF 299.4 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Fair Pay Commission on 23 March, 2007

    The NFF's 23 March 2007 submission to the Australian Fair Pay Commission, argues a further wage increase is not justified so soon after the Commission's original decision commenced on 1 December 2006, and that any further wage decisions be deferred for one year for agriculture on account of the 2006-07 drought.

  • Preview 2006 Wage Review: Submission (PDF 214.2 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Fair Pay Commission on 28 July, 2006

    The NFF's 28 July 2006 submission in relation to the Australian Fair Pay Commission's inaugural wage setting decision.

  • Preview 2005 Wage Review (PDF 1.3 Mb)
    Submitted to Australian Industrial Relations Commission on 11 March, 2005

    The NFF's 11 March 2005 submission states the NFF's legal argument in relation to the Commission's annual wage decision.

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Overseas workers and skilled migration

  • Preview Visa Simplification: Transforming Australia’s visa system (PDF 466.0 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Immigration and Border Protection on 14 September, 2017

    The NFF has made a submission to the Government’s visa simplification review encouraging government to introduce a dedicated agriculture visa.

  • Preview Submission to the Working Holiday Maker Review (PDF 1.1 Mb)
    Submitted to Working Holiday Maker Review on 1 September, 2016

    Working Holiday Makers provide an important source of labour to Australian farms. We need to encourage, not deter, working holiday makers to come and work on the farm, and we need to do this as soon as possible. This means abandoning the ‘backpacker tax’ and finding a better way forward. Whatever the politics, farmers will always need access to overseas workers. Without these workers, who supplement our local workforce, Australian agriculture cannot capitalise on the opportunities ahead and one of the five future growth sectors of the economy will instead grind to a halt.

  • Preview Submission to the 457 Programme – Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) Review (PDF 587.6 kb)
    Submitted to 457 Programme – Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) Review on 8 March, 2016

    The Australian agriculture sector experiences key disadvantages in accessing skilled workers in the 457 visa programme, including through the application of the TSMIT which is a significant barrier to eligibility. This submission outlines the experience of the agriculture sector in relation to the 457 visa programme, and in particular how revision of the TSMIT in its application to regional, rural and remote Australia can support a more skilled agricultural workforce.

  • Preview PC inquiry Migration Intake (PDF 186.0 kb)
    Submitted to Productivity Commission on 15 June, 2015

    Overseas workers play a small but important part in the Australian agriculture sector. Many agricultural industries are characterised by seasonal work, harvesting perishable goods destined for domestic and international markets. These industries are commonly located in regional or remote areas where demand for labour is high during peak seasons and labour supply is limited. Recent experience with the mining boom confirms that Australian agriculture also faces strong domestic competition for labour with other sectors of the economy. Redressing this imbalance through use of overseas workers is hugely important – it means that what is grown can be harvested and sold, not left to perish.

  • Preview Review of Skilled Migration and 400 Series Visa Programmes: Submission (PDF 678.8 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Immigration and Border Protection on 16 October, 2014

    The NFF 16 October 2014 Review of Skilled Migration and 400 Series Visa Programmes.

  • Preview Independent Review of Integrity in the Subclass 457 Visa Program: submission (PDF 632.2 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Immigration on 30 April, 2014

    The NFF’s 30 April 2014 submission outlines the NFF's position regarding the independent review of integrity in the subclass 457 visa programme announced by the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash on 25 February 2014.

  • Preview Review of the Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa Categories: Submission (PDF 388.2 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Immigration and Citizenship on 16 September, 2011

    The NFF’s 16 September 2011 submission outlines the NFF's position regarding the review of the Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa Categories, particularly the key challenges and opportunities for rural and remote employers.

  • Preview Review of the Migration Amendment Act: Submission (PDF 69.7 kb)
    Submitted to Minister for Immigration and Citizenship on 16 August, 2011

    The NFF's 16 August 2011 submission to the Review of the Migration Amendment (Employer Sanctions) Act supports a comprehensive national education campaign for employers to help them to learn about, and understand, the requirements and process for checking the visa status of their employees.

  • Preview Deegan Skilled Migration Review: NFF Submission 3 (PDF 401.1 kb)
    Submitted to Deegan Subclass 457 Integrity Review on 7 October, 2008

    The final of three NFF submissions, lodged on 7 October 2008, to the Subclass 457 Integrity Review, conducted by Ms Barbara Deegan, into the skilled migration program, canvassing responses in relation to the regulatory frameworks for skilled migration, employer obligations and Labour Agreements.

  • Preview Deegan Skilled Migration Review: NFF Submission 2 (PDF 373.0 kb)
    Submitted to Deegan Subclass 457 Integrity Review on 7 October, 2008

    The second of three NFF submissions, lodged on 7 October 2008, to the Subclass 457 Integrity Review, conducted by Ms Barbara Deegan, into the skilled migration program, canvassing responses in relation to English language requirements and occupational health and safety.

  • Preview Deegan Skilled Migration Review: NFF Submission 1 (PDF 410.7 kb)
    Submitted to Deegan Subclass 457 Integrity Review on 30 August, 2008

    The first of three NFF submissions, lodged in August 2008, to the Subclass 457 Integrity Review, conducted by Ms Barbara Deegan, into the skilled migration program, canvassing responses in relation to the Minimum Salary Level, spouse entitlements and Labour Agreements.

  • Preview Migration Amendment (Sponsorship Obligations) Bill: Submission (PDF 82.3 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee on 14 June, 2007

    The NFF’s 14 June 2007 submission to the Migration Amendment (Sponsorship Obligations) Bill reiterates the NFF's opposition to the current minimum salary level, asserting that foreign and Australian workers should be paid at the same rate in accordance with the relevant industrial instrument.

  • Preview Eligibility Requirements and Monitoring, Enforcement and Reporting Arrangements for Temporary Business Visas: Submission (PDF 60.6 kb)
    Submitted to Joint Standing Committee on 2 February, 2007

    The NFF’s 2 February 2007 submission advocates uniform working conditions for Australian and foreign 457 visa holders and other concerns in relation to 457 visas and labour agreements.

  • Preview Migration Amendment (Employer Sanctions) Bill 2006: Submission (PDF 65.0 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee on 21 April, 2006

    The NFF's 21 April 2006 submission supports sanctions against reckless breaches of employment legislation, while seeking reasonable thresholds for proving such offences.

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Seasonal Worker Program

  • Preview Inquiry into the Seasonal Worker Program: Submission (PDF 869.2 kb)
    Submitted to Joint Standing Committee on Migration on 10 July, 2015

    In its 10 July 2015 Submission, the NFF outlined the Seasonal Worker Program's potential, saying it could deliver increased productivity for the agricultural sector, while bringing together foreign aid and labour market policy for mutually-beneficially economic outcomes. The NFF made a number of recommendations to improve the scheme's effectiveness.

  • Preview Pacific Region Seasonal Contract Labour: Submission (PDF 68.6 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Committee on 27 March, 2006

    The NFF's 27 March 2006 submission advocates the merits of a pilot program to source unskilled labour from selected Pacific Island nations in response Australia's regional labour shortage.

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Farm Safety

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Horticulture Code of Conduct

  • Preview Appeal of a decision of Deputy President Bartel in Mitolo Group Pty Ltd [2014] FWC 7682 (PDF 283.9 kb)
    Submitted to Fair Work Commission on 16 January, 2015

    The NFF Wednesday 14 January 2015 submission to the Fair Work Commission in support of an appeal dealing with coverage of the Horticulture Industry Award.

  • Preview Horticultural Code of Conduct - inquiry into the Competition and Consumer Amendment: Submission (PDF 516.4 kb)
    Submitted to House of Representatives Standing Committee on Agriculture, Resources, Fisheries and Forestry on 5 December, 2011

    The NFF’s 5 December 2011 submission to the inquiry into Competition and Consumer Amendment (Horticultural Code of Conduct) Bill 2011 highlights that there is still 'unfinished business' for the Government in bedding down the Horticulture Code of Conduct and responding to a number of recommendations from the ACCC to enhance the Code’s workability.

  • Preview Horticulture Code of Conduct: Submission (PDF 85.4 kb)
    Submitted to Centre for International Economics on 25 August, 2005

    The NFF's 25 August 2005 submission, in response to the Regulation Impact Statement, assesses the potential impacts of a Manadatory Code of Conduct for the horticultural sector.

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Modern Award Review

  • Preview Family and Domestic Violence and Family friendly work arrangements AM2015/1 and 2015/2: Submission (PDF 232.3 kb)
    Submitted to Fair Work Commission on 20 April, 2015

    In its 20 April 2015 Submission on Preliminary Issues, NFF deals with preliminary issues raised in these proceedings, including whether any of the claims made by the ACTU in these proceedings are inconsistent with National Employment Standards (NES) or incapable of inclusion in modern awards under part 2-3 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (FW Act). The submission goes on to discuss whether any elements of the claims made by the ACTU or individual unions are inconsistent with Part 2-1 or Part 2-2 of the FW Act. They go on to identify certain elements of the claim in relation to family and domestic violence that are not capable of inclusion in modern awards under Part 2-3 of the FW Act, and explanations as for why. NFF continues to discuss certain requirements in claims made in the ACTU Submission, including but not limited to the requirement for employers to maintain confidentiality of personal information, and the requirement for employers to appoint a family and domestic violence contact person.

  • Preview Submission n response to Accident Pay Claims (PDF 570.5 kb)
    Submitted to Fair Work Commission on 25 March, 2015

    The NFF 25 March Submission responds to claim for new accident pay terms in modern awards including the Horticulture Award 2010 and the Wine Industry Award 2010.

  • Preview 4 Yearly Review of Modern Awards - Award Flexibility and Public Holidays Common Issues: Submission (PDF 19.8 kb)
    Submitted to Fair Work Commission on 13 November, 2014

    The NFF 13 November 2014 submission responds to the directions issued by the Fair Work Commission on 6 November 2014 requiring interested parties to file a short submission outlining the nature of any changes sought in relation to the award flexibility and public holiday common issues.

  • Preview 4 Yearly Review of Modern Awards - Casual, Part-time and Additional Common Uses (PDF 64.8 kb)
    Submitted to Fair Work Commission on 12 November, 2014

    The NFF 12 November 2014 Submission responds to the directions made by the Fair Work Commission on 1 October 2014, requiring parties to: make submissions on whether certain issues should be dealt with as 'common issues'; and outline any proposed provisions in relation to the casual employment and part-time employment common issues.

  • Preview 4 Yearly Review of Modern Awards - National Employment Standards: Submission (PDF 378.5 kb)
    Submitted to Fair Work Commission on 26 September, 2014

    The NFF 26 September 2014 Submission deals with an inconsistency between the National Employment Standards (NES) and three modern awards (the Pastoral Award 2010, Horticulture Award 2010 and Wine Industry Award 2010).

  • Preview 4 Yearly Review of Modern Awards - Transitional Provisions: Submission (PDF 377.0 kb)
    Submitted to Fair Work Commission on 5 September, 2014

    The NFF 5 September 2014 submission in response to the 4 yearly review of modern awards - Transitional provisions. Matter No. AM2014/190

  • Preview 4 Yearly Review of Modern Awards - Annual Leave: Submission (PDF 465.1 kb)
    Submitted to Fair Work Commission on 1 August, 2014

    The NFF 1 August 2014 submission to the Fair Work Commission regarding 4 yearly review of modern awards - annual leave common issue.

  • Preview 4 Yearly Review of Modern Awards - Transitional Provisions: Submission (PDF 149.1 kb)
    Submitted to Fair Work Commission on 1 August, 2014

    The NFF's 1 August 2014 submission to the Fair Work Commission regarding the 4 yearly review of modern awards - Transitional Provisions.

  • Preview 4 Yearly Review of Modern Awards - Transitional Provisions: Submission (PDF 17.4 kb)
    Submitted to Fair Work Commission on 1 July, 2014

    The NFF's 1 July 2014 Submission to the Fair Work Commission regarding 4 Yearly Review of Modern Awards - Transitional Provisions.

  • Preview 4 Yearly Review of Modern Awards - Annual Leave: Submission (PDF 716.0 kb)
    Submitted to Fair Work Commission on 20 June, 2014

    The NFF 20 June 2014 submission to the Fair Work Commission regarding 4 yearly review of modern awards - annual leave common issue.

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