Statement on Productivity Commission Review of the Workplace Relations Framework

“The terms of reference for the Productivity Commission’s Review of the Workplace Relations Framework are an opportunity to redesign a stable workplace relations system that’s fit for purpose for the modern Australian economy,” BCA Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott said.

“The review will examine the system in the context of the changing nature of work and workplaces, and the changing needs and preferences of workers.

“It is an opportunity for Australia to make changes that will help improve our national competitiveness and productivity but also to boost participation, particularly for people who are currently underrepresented in the workforce.

“It is essential that the workplace relations system provides a safety net that is relevant to the needs of workers. This review can also help Australia to explore more modern job design and how we develop the culture of collaboration that will facilitate more innovation at the workplace level.

“Australia’s capacity to compete in an increasingly competitive global economy will depend on our ability to collaborate and innovate. Bringing this perspective to the review is central to creating the jobs of the future.”

Ms Westacott said that while the commission undertakes the review, there remains a need for the parliament to pass the government’s proposed changes to the Fair Work Act.

“These changes represent an important start in addressing problems associated with greenfield agreements, rights of entry by union officials and flexibility arrangements.”

For further information contact:
Scott Thompson, Director, Media and Public Affairs
Business Council of Australia
Telephone (03) 8664 2664 | Mobile 0403 241 128