Fair Work Act

The Fair Work Act 2009 regulates almost all workplace relations matters throughout Australia, with the exception of long service leave provisions. Long service leave provisions continue to be regulated through the Industrial Relations Act 1999 (Qld) while state and territory governments work towards a nationally consistent arrangement.

The Fair Work Act put in place a workplace relations system based on a dual safety net of minimum employment conditions: the National Employment Standards and modern awards.

Fair Work Information Statement

Employers are required to give each new employee a copy of the Fair Work Information Statement. The statement must be provided prior to, or as soon as possible after, commencement of employment.  

Download the Fair Work Information Statement.


Download regulations currently in force related to the Fair Work Act:


The Small Business Fair Dismissal Code came into operation under the Fair Work Act on 1 July 2009.

The Code describes the steps for a small business employer to follow when dismissing an employee. An employer does not have to follow the Code, but if the dismissal is consistent with the Code, Fair Work Australia (FWA) cannot find the person was unfairly dismissed.

Fair Work Commission

Established 1 July 2009, Fair Work Australia is the national workplace relations tribunal. An independent body, FWA may carry out a range of functions relating to employment and wages, providing a one-stop-shop for industrial relations issues.

Visit the Fair Work Commission website for more information. For representation before Fair Work Commission on an unfair dismissal or other matter, members should phone Master Builders.