Category: Minister for Industrial Relations

Protecting Workers In Our Changing Jobs Market

A new report has found an increasing number of independent contractors are not adequately covered by workers compensation and often miss out on leave or superannuation entitlements. The Opportunities in Change: Responding to the future of work report, launched today by Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas and New South Wales Treasurer Dominic Perrottet, found more than […]

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Taking Action To Make Labour Hire Fairer

The Andrews Labor Government is protecting vulnerable workers, with the new labour hire licensing scheme officially starting. From today, only labour hire providers that have been granted a licence, or have a decision pending on their application, are allowed to operate in Victoria. The scheme is the biggest reform of Victoria’s labour hire industry and […]

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Building Gender Equality In Victoria’s Construction Sector

The Andrews Labor Government is launching a new strategy to encourage more women to consider a career in construction. Minister for Industrial Relations Tim Pallas today announced the launch of Victoria’s first Women in Construction Strategy, which will kick off with three initial programs to help make the strategy’s goals a reality. The $500,000 strategy […]

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Time Running Out To Apply For Labour Hire Licences

Victorian labour hire businesses have just over one month to register for the Andrews Labor Government’s new accreditation scheme, or else face significant penalties. From 30 October 2019, only labour hire providers who are licensed or are awaiting an application decision will be allowed to operate in Victoria. This is courtesy of Victoria’s first ever […]

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Delivering More Safety And Fairness To Owner Drivers

Victorians who own and drive their own vehicles to earn a living will soon find work conditions safer and fairer, thanks to changes introduced by the Andrews Labor Government. Amendments to the Owner Drivers and Forestry Contractors Act passed Parliament today, ensuring these workers – including drivers that work for delivery services such as UberEats […]

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Defending The Human Rights Of Victorian Workers

The Andrews Labor Government has come out strongly against proposed Federal legislation that undermines workers. The Labor Government has made a submission to the Australian Senate against the Ensuring Integrity Bill, which targets the union movement and its officials. The Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2019, which could be passed before the end of […]

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Defending The Human Rights Of Victorian Workers

The Andrews Labor Government has come out strongly against proposed Federal legislation that undermines workers by attacking their union representatives. The Labor Government has made a submission to the Australian Senate against the Ensuring Integrity Bill, which targets the union movement and its officials. The Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2019, which could be […]

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Making Long Service Benefits Accessible For More Workers

The Andrews Labor Government is doing more to ensure Victorians working in the community service, cleaning and security sectors are aware of new portable long service benefits that will soon apply to them. A major advertising campaign and ‘pop-up’ info sessions will run in all major regional centres over September –ensuring staff and their employers […]

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Supporting Contract Workers With Long Service Benefits

The Andrews Labor Government is making things fairer for people working in security, contract cleaning and community services with the commencement of the Portable Long Service Benefits Scheme on 1 July. It means Victorians in these industries will now be able to accrue long service entitlements and transfer them from job to job within the […]

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Victorians Have Their Say About The Gig Economy

The Andrews Labor Government’s Inquiry into the On-Demand Workforce has received almost 100 submissions from workers, unions, businesses and academics, with the exploitation of staff and unfair business advantage being major themes. Minister for Industrial Relations Tim Pallas and Chair of the Inquiry Natalie James today thanked submitters for sharing their experiences, with the submissions […]

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