Australia expands parental leave flexibility

The Australian government passed the Paid Parental Leave Amendment (Flexibility Measures) Act 2020 in June 2020. This legislation provides parents with children born or adopted on or after 1 July 2020 more flexibility in how they take their paid parental […]


Australia ends salary sacrifice superannuation loophole

On 28 October 2019, the Australian parliament approved new legislation intended to end the current loophole that allows employers to use their employees’ salary sacrifice contributions to reduce their minimum compulsory Superannuation Guarantee (SG) contributions. The bill entered into effect […]


Australia increases minimum wage

The Australian Fair Work Commission (FWC) increased the national minimum wage and modern award minimum wages by 3%, effective 1 July 2019. Background For the past few years, the government of Australia has been increasing the minimum wage to a […]


Australia reforms private health insurance

The Australian government passed legislation that aims to make private health insurance easier to understand and more affordable for consumers. The Private Health Insurance Legislation Amendment Act 2018 (the Act) received royal assent on 21 September 2018, and was followed […]

Australia amends catastrophic injury regulations

The Australian federal government amended the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Rules 2018 by introducing a new definition of “catastrophic injuries” at the workplace, which may affect workers’ compensation claims. The definition now includes spinal cord, brain, amputation, burn and blindness […]

Australia changes Victoria’s long service leave

Changes to Victoria’s long service leave (LSL) statutes take effect 1 November 2018. The changes provide greater flexibility to women, families and employees transitioning to retirement. The service period for entitlement to LSL has been reduced from ten years to […]

Australia Modern Slavery Act

The Modern Slavery Act, which passed 27 June 2018, targets extreme working conditions, including low pay, long hours and the absence of rest days. Employers with at least one employee and a minimum turnover of AUD 50 million are required […]