Australia's workplace relations framework

Australia's workplace relations framework

Aug 14
Productivity Commission Chairman Peter Harris AO will give a keynote address detailing the draft recommendations of the Commission's Inquiry into the Workplace Relations Framework. How can the framework be strengthened? What might need to change?


Peter Harris AO, Chairman, Productivity Commission

Event overview

The Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into the Workplace Relations Framework is the first major review of Australian workplace relations policy, institutions and regulation in 30 years.

The wide-ranging inquiry will assess:

  • The performance of the current workplace system;
  • Its impact on the wellbeing, productivity and competitiveness of Australia and its people; and
  • The capacity to adapt to structural adjustments and changes in the global economy.

Key aspects covered in the review include:

  • The objectives of the workplace relations framework;
  • The safety net provided by minimum wages;
  • Awards and the national employment standards;
  • How people bargain in the system;
  • The protections it provides employees; and 
  • Compliance costs and its institutions.

Soon after the release of the Draft Report, join CEDA to find out more about :

  • The Productivity Commission’s draft recommendations;
  • The input of stakeholders in the consultation period; and
  • How these changes might impact employers, employees and the wider community.

Meet the keynote speaker

Peter Harris AO
Chairman, Productivity Commission

Released by the Federal Treasurer in November 2017, the Commission’s five year review Shifting the dial identified the productivity of cities as crucial to national economic success. Peter has led the Commission’s work and presented recommendations that would reshape the future of Australian cities.

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