Australia has experienced significant change to laws impacting on employment in the last decade. Employers have seen WorkChoices in 2005, the Fair Work Act in 2009 and Modern Awards in 2010 plus numerous other federal and state laws impacting on employment across a number of industries. In addition to these changes, in 2014, new anti-bullying provisions gave extended powers for the Fair Work Commission to deal with bullying, and there are also state and territory-based changes that have been implemented in addition. The Commission also reviews Australia’s minimum wage every year and quite often makes minor changes to accompanying legislation.
These guidelines are focussed on Church’s [Employer] obligations under Australian Laws concerning the employment of staff Fair Work Act 2009. They are based upon information supplied by Australian Taxation Office [ATO], Fairwork Australia [FA] and Safework Australia [SA], plus other legislation impacting employment.
These guidelines cover the employment of staff including special emphasis on the employment of Ministers of Religion and include numerous links to substantiate the content of these guidelines and provide additional information.