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Workplace law

Employers in Victoria have a responsibility to make sure that people who work with them are treated fairly and with respect. Not only is this good for business, it is the law.

Successful employers ensure that their workplaces are free from discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying.

These responsibilities are set out in the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 and federal human rights laws.

In addition, employers have responsibilities to provide fair and safe working conditions under Victoria’s Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, as well as federal laws such as the:

State public sector employers in Victoria are also covered by the Victorian Information Privacy Act 2000 and the Public Administration Act 2004, and Australian public service employers are covered by the federal Public Service Act 1999.

External links

For more information on federal workplace laws visit:

  • The Fair Work Ombudsman. The Fair Work Ombudsman is there to give advice and help you understand your workplace rights and responsibilities. The role of the Fair Work Ombudsman is to work with employees, employers, contractors and the community to promote harmonious, productive and cooperative workplaces. They investigate workplace complaints and enforce compliance with Australia's federal workplace laws.
  • Fair Work Commission, the national workplace relations tribunal. It is an independent body with power to carry out a range of functions including:
    • providing a safety net of minimum conditions, including minimum wages, in awards
    • facilitating good faith bargaining and the making and approving of enterprise agreements
    • conducting annual wage reviews
    • granting remedies for unfair dismissal
    • regulating the taking of industrial action
    • resolving a range of collective and individual workplace disputes through conciliation, mediation and in some cases arbitration
    • functions in connection with workplace determinations, equal remuneration, transfer of business, general workplace protections, right of entry and stand down.
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