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Important Changes Have Been Made to the Fair Work Laws

David Bates, Managing Director, Better HR – Protecting Employers

A number of important changes to Australia’s employment laws took effect on 1 January 2013.  We’d like to ensure everyone is aware of them.

These changes include:

  • The employment relations tribunal, previously known as ‘Fair Work Australia’ (FWA) has become the ‘Fair Work Commission’ (FWC)
  • The Commission’s website has moved to
  • The time limit for employees to lodge an ‘unfair dismissal’ application against you has increased from 14 days after the dismissal to 21 days
  • The time limit for employees to lodge an ‘adverse action’ claim against you has decreased from 60 days to 21 days
  • Changes have also been made to rules relating to Enterprise Agreements

These changes are just the first wave of amendments being made to Australia’s employment laws and there are plenty more changes to come in 2013.

Rest assured that our team of ER experts will monitor developments and we’ll make sure you’re kept up-to-date with any changes that may affect you and your business. And, as always, we’re also available to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have – the ER team is available to help every working day of the year.

It’s all just part of the Better HR service and another way we protect Australia’s hard-working employers.

Have a great month.

David Bates BA(Govt) LL.B(Hons)

Managing Director



This article is intended to provide commentary and general information. It should not be relied upon as legal advice. Formal legal advice may be necessary in particular transactions or on matters of interest arising from this article. Better HR Pty Ltd ( is not responsible for the results of any actions taken on the basis of information in this article, nor for any error or omission in this article.