Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 – Update
Tuesday, September 01, 2020
Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 – Update

On 20 August 2020 the Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 ( Bill) completed the Third Reading stage in the Legislative Assembly (Lower House) and was introduced in the Legislative Council (Upper House) of Parliament. 

The Second Reading speech for the Bill was presented in the Upper House on the same day. Debate about the Second Reading will be adjourned until the Leader of the House brings on the Bill for debate. Please note debate may continue over several sitting days. The first sitting date for the Upper House is scheduled for 8 September 2020.

There are a number of steps involved in progressing a Bill through the Upper House. However, it is anticipated the future of the Bill will be known on or around 24 September 2020. We will monitor the progress of the Bill in the Upper House and keep the sector informed of developments.

If the Bill does pass the Upper House and the provisions relating to Local Government remain, the State Government will be reliant on the Hon. Christian Porter, Federal Minister for Industrial Relations, to endorse the declaration which provides Local Governments are not “national system employers” for the purposes of the Fair Work Act 2009.

WALGA will continue to lobby against the Bill and encourages all Local Governments to lobby their opposition to the Bill with their respective State and Federal parliamentary members.

If you have any questions about this alert, please email WALGA Employee Relations or call 1300 366 956.