In late 2020, the Federal Government unveiled its plan for many dangerous reforms to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (“the FW Act”).
Since then, Professionals Australia and the labour movement at large have been fighting hard to oppose these reforms. As a result, the only changes to the FW Act were made in relation to casual employment. These changes came into effect on 27 March 2021. Click here to read more from our Chief Executive Officer, Jill McCabe.
We’ve created a fact sheet for our members working in casual employment which summarises the main changes to the FW Act:
- There is now a statutory definition of casual employment;
- Casual employees can request conversion to permanent employment after 12 months’ continuous service.
Click here to read more about these important changes.
Changes to superannuation
You may have also heard that the Federal Government announced that as part of the 2021–22 federal Budget, it will remove the $450 per month threshold to expand coverage of super guarantee to eligible employees regardless of their monthly pay.
This is a welcomed measure for many employees in casual, irregular and insecure employment. However, this measure is not in law yet and is expected to take effect from 1 July 2022. You can contact the Australian Taxation Office for more information and advice on superannuation. We will keep you updated on any developments.
Are you a casual employee who needs more assistance?
If you are a member of Professionals Australia and you require advice or representation regarding a work-related issue, you can contact our Workplace Advice and Support team on 1300 273 762 or at email@example.com.