‘Delivering the workplace relations system Australia needs’
5 Reforms Over 5 Years
During the 2016 Federal Election campaign, AREEA has written to every Member of Parliament to focus their attention on ‘5 Reforms Over 5 years’ that would significant benefit the national interest.
These ‘5 Reforms Over 5 Years’ form the basis for AREEA’s 2016 Federal Election Campaign and will also be pursued by AREEA during the next term of government.
Each week during the campaign AREEA will explore one of our reform priorities in detail, highlighting key issues for employers and options for positive reform.
Click here for AREEA’s letter sent to all members of the Australian Parliament.
Click here for an analysis of our “Enterprise Bargaining” reforms.
Click here for an analysis of our “Union Access to Workplaces” reforms.
Click here for an analysis of our “Agreement Making Options” reforms.
Click here for an analysis of our “Unfair dismissal and general protections” reforms
2016 Federal Election Survey
In April 2016 AREEA surveyed its members across Australia’s mining, oil and gas, construction and allied sectors on a range of policy issues in the lead up to the 2016 Federal Election.
More than 100 of Australia’s leading resource companies employing over 85,000 people in Australia responded, detailing their employment and operational challenges and identified workplace relations reforms that the next Australian Government should prioritise to maintain a competitive, job generating Australian resource industry.
Productivity Commission Review – Summary
In 2015, the Productivity Commission (PC) undertook a wide-ranging review of Australia’s workplace laws. This provided a critical opportunity for fundamental workplace reform at a time when Australia’s resource industry faced significant challenges.
As the resource industry’s representative, AREEA has recommended to this review a range of reforms that would better support a viable, prosperous, job generating and globally competitive resource industry, in the interests of all Australians.
Click here to read AREEA’s six-page ‘Getting Back on Track’ campaign summary booklet.
AREEA has submitted a compelling case for workplace relations reform to the Productivity Commission, based on the evidence and recommendations of our members as to how Australia’s workplace system could better support them in the productive and competitive running of their workplaces.
Click here to read AREEA’s Submission: Getting Back on Track: Delivering the Workplace Relations Framework Australia Needs
The economic case for reform
AREEA’s submission is backed not only by our members’ practical experiences and evidence, but also by comprehensive research from KPMG that examines competitive pressures on the Australian resource industry and the potential benefits of the key workplace relations reforms AREEA recommends.
Click here to read the KPMG report: Workplace Relations and the Competitiveness of the Australian Resources Sector
How you can get involved
Some of the most compelling evidence to support reforms to Australia’s workplace system come from real employer and employee experiences. To find out how you can get involved in AREEA’s lobbying activities, or for a confidential conversation with AREEA’s experienced Policy and Public Affairs team, call 1800 627 771 or email [email protected].
In the news
As the leading voice of Australia’s resource employers, AREEA ensures its case for workplace relations reform is represented across the media. Below is a section of press releases and news coverage.
- June 2016: Major parties must outline credible long-term vision for economic growth
- May 2016: ‘5 Reforms Over 5 Years’ – Resource industry launches workplace relations campaign
- April 2016: 90% of resource employers want genuine workplace relations reform from Australia’s next government
- Dec 2015: Productivity Commission falls short on workplace reform
- Sept 2015: Resource industry congratulates high calibre Fair Work apppointees
- Aug 2015: AREEA calls for end to workplace relations reform stalemate
- May 2015: Don’t waste opportunity for workplace reform, says AREEA chief
- Mar 2015: Resource industry submission to the Productivity Commission IR review
- Mar 2015: Workplace reform could add 36,000 jobs and $30bn to our economy
- Dec 2014: 2015 must be the year of workplace reform, says resource industry
- Dec 2014: Australia must do better on workplace relations to maintain resources investment
- Sept 2014: IR appeals bench, PC review key to delivering on G20 growth target
- Less is more in labour market reforms – Australian Financial Review
- Coalition ‘frightened’ on workplace change – Australian Financial Review
- Five workplace reforms key to jobs and wealth – The West Australian
- AREEA sets sights on ‘5 reforms over 5 years’ – Workplace Express
- Miners want workplace reforms on poll agenda – Toowoomba Chronicle & sydnicated regional Qld newspapers
- Fair Work no far go for mining sector – The Australian
- Labor Exploitation Bill open door for criminal offences in IR: AREEA – Workforce Daily
- Unions face new limits on mega projects – Australian Financial Review
- Union access to mining machinery exposes impractical Fair Work rules – Australian Financial Review
- Maritime deal defies unions – The Australian
- Business blasts IR blueprint – Australian Financial Review
- Our union-centric workplace relations systems is in new of reform – The Australian
- CEOs should push for IR reform – Australian Financial Review
- Economic promise abound with workplace reform – National Resources Review
- Uncovering 36,000 jobs – North West Star
- IR reform starts with FWC: miners – The Australian
- Changes vital to competitiveness – Australian Financial Review
- Miners sounding alarm – Northern Territory News
- Miners call for reform of industrial relations system – Mudgee Guardian & Gulgong Advertiser
- Workplace reform ‘urgent’ – Toowoomba Chronicle
- Supporting resource industry competitiveness through workplace reform – ACCI Commerce and Industry magazine
- Business backs call for action on IR – The Australian