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Industrial relations (IR) refers to the system of employment laws and rules that regulate the rights and obligations of employers and employees in the workplace.
The Australian industrial relations system is governed by the Fair Work Act 2009 (the FW Act). The FairWork Act sets out a number of employment requirements that Australian businesses, including small businesses, need to ensure compliance with.
Some of the particulars the FairWork Act regulates and provides for include:
The Fair Work Commission (FWC) is the national workplace relations tribunal. It is an independent body with power to carry out a range of functions.
Find out more, see Information for Employers on the Fair Work Act
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