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Workplace Relations Framework

Public inquiry

This inquiry has concluded. The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a public inquiry to examine the performance of the workplace relations framework and identify improvements to it.

  • Issues papers 22 Jan 2015
  • Draft report 4 Aug 2015
  • Inquiry report 21 Dec 2015

The issues papers covered a range of issues on which the Commission sought information and feedback, and was intended to assist you in preparing a submission.

Initial submissions were due 13 March 2015.

Read the issues paper

You were invited to examine the draft report and to make written submissions by 18 September 2015.

Please note: The draft report is for research purposes only. For final outcomes of this inquiry refer to the inquiry report.

View the draft report

The inquiry report was handed to the Australian Government on 30 November 2015 and it was publicly released on 18 December 2015.

Read the inquiry report

The Commission was asked to review the impact of the workplace relations framework on matters including:

  • unemployment, underemployment and job creation
  • fair and equitable pay and conditions for employees, including the maintenance of a relevant safety net
  • small businesses
  • productivity, competitiveness and business investment
  • the ability of business and the labour market to respond appropriately to changing economic conditions patterns of engagement in the labour market
  • the ability for employers to flexibly manage and engage with their employees
  • barriers to bargaining
  • red tape and the compliance burden for employers
  • industrial conflict and days lost due to industrial action
  • appropriate scope for independent contracting.