Labour standards and practice

Standards at Work: Options for Australia 2006

Client:  Chifley Research Centre

Australia has a long tradition of leading the world in setting labour standards. Work Choices almost completely dismantles the safety net of minimum labour standards from 20 to 5 matters (and just 3 for casuals). This research begins with an assessment of the key features of labour standards under Work Choices, moving on to illustrate why Work Choices is flawed policy on economic and administrative efficiency grounds and establishes the case for reform. The report explains the design principles of reform, before going on to consider various procedural options for reform. This is followed by an outline of what a new set of labour standards might look like, in terms of both content and coverage.