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Workplace rights

Fact sheets in this section outline the general conditions most workers are entitled to in Australia. Check the relevant award or agreement for specific conditions that may apply to your workplace.

In this section:

Employment entitlements during natural disasters or emergencies

Entitlements during an emergency or natural disaster are covered by most awards or agreements. If there is no entitlement this fact sheet will help determine your options.

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Enterprise bargaining

The Fair Work Act 2009 establishes a clear set of rules and obligations for enterprise bargaining. These include rules about the bargaining process, the content of enterprise agreements and how an agreement is made and approved.

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Foreign workers - Know your workplace rights

Foreign workers may include backpackers, seasonal workers or international students. Employers employing foreign workers must ensure they comply with Australian workplace and immigration laws.

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General workplace protections

All people working in Australia under Australian workplace laws are entitled to general workplace protections. This fact sheet outlines what general protections include. 

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Independent contractors and employees

This fact sheet helps you understand the various factors in employment arrangements that determine the difference an employee and an independent contractor.

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Industrial action

Industrial action can include strikes, work-bans and lock-outs. The Fair Work Act 2009 defines what constitutes industrial action and the type of action that can be taken.

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International students - Study your workplace rights!

This fact sheet will help you understand your basic workplace rights as an international student, where to obtain further information and how to seek assistance from the Fair Work Ombudsman.

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Maritime industry

In 2012 changes will take place that will affect maritime industry workplaces covered by the national workplace relations system. These changes include the introduction of National Employment Standards and the start of the Seagoing Industry Award 2010.

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Unlawful workplace discrimination

It is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an employee. The Fair Work Ombudsman can investigate allegations of unlawful discrimination and has the power to start litigation.

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457 Visa holders - Your rights at work

Understand your legal rights when working in Australia on a 457 visa.

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