Law Guides

Workforce Guardian's online HR system and support service includes plain-English law guides to help Australian employers and key advisors understand and meet their legal obligations.

Law Guides

Workforce Guardian Law Guides include:

  • - Fair Work Act 2009
  • - Modern Awards Lookup
  • - Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 
  • - Independent Contractors Act 2006
  • - Workplace Health & Safety Laws
  • - Working with Children
  • - Right to Work in Australia

Penalties for breaching Australian employment laws

Most businesses - including small businesses - are now covered by the Fair Work Act 2009.

Employers risk big fines and penalties, and damaging employee claims if they breach the Fair Work Act 2009.

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Personal penalties for accessorial liability

Key Advisors, such as HR managers and payroll professionals, risk personal prosecution for accessorial liability if their employer breaches Australian employment laws.

Over 90% of all litigations commenced by the Fair Work Ombudsman last financial year sought orders against accessories.

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Penalties for breaching workplace health & safety laws

Employers risk penalties of up to $3,000,000 and imprisonment for breaches of Australian Workplace Health and Safety laws.

Australia's laws impose a legal obligation upon employers regarding how they manage workplace health and safety-related matters. 

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Penalties for employing illegal workers

Employers risk penalties of up to $250,000 and/or five years imprisonment for employing illegal workers.

It is the responsibility of all Australian businesses to employ legal workers.

Employers are expected to take a reasonable number of steps to make sure they are not empl​oying, referring or contracting illegal workers.

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Penalties for breaching other workplace laws

Employers must also comply with all national employment laws such as:

  • Sex Discrimination Act 1984
  • Racial Discrimination Act 1975
  • Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act 1999

As well as numerous Acts in each State  and territory where they operate. Such as those which protect people from discrimination.

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