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Industrial relations - national

What workplace system are you covered by?

From 1 January 2010, the whole of South Australia's private sector, including the non-government community services sector, private schools and universities, have been operating under a new national industrial relations (IR) system.

There is now one set of IR laws to work with, the commonwealth Fair Work Act 2009, providing a simpler and more efficient IR system for our state?s workers and businesses.

Accordingly, from 1 January 2010, the state industrial relations system only applies unconditionally to the South Australian public sector, local government and prescribed government business enterprises. However SA Water and TransAdelaide remain part of the national industrial relations system.

The Fair Work Ombudsman is the independent commonwealth agency that works with employers, workers, contractors and the community to promote harmonious, productive and co-operative workplaces. It is the agency's role to ensure that the workplace rights and obligations of workers and employers are understood and protected, to enforce compliance with Australia's workplace laws, and to investigate workplace complaints.

Contact the Fair Work Ombudsman InfoLine on 13 13 94 or online for more information.

NOTE: There are a number of state laws that continue to apply to employers and workers in the private sector, even though they are covered by the national system. These include laws relating to:

Contact the SafeWork SA Help Centre for more information.


Fair Work Regulations 2009
*Commonwealth Regulations

Fair Work (Transitional Provisions & Consequential Amendments) Act 2009
*Commonwealth Act

Fair Work Australia
The national workplace relations tribunal

Business SA
Link to website

SA Unions
Link to website

SA Industrial Relations Court and Commission
South Australian Employment Tribunal