During 2013–14 a number of legislative changes affected the Commission.

Fair Work Amendment Act 2012

  • From 1 July 2013 an Expert Panel replaced the Minimum Wage Panel.
  • A review of default superannuation funds in awards commenced on 1 January 2014 to be repeated at four yearly intervals.

Fair Work Amendment Act 2013

  • From 1 July 2013 the Commission’s statutory functions were expanded to include the function to promote cooperative workplace relations and prevent disputes.
  • An anti-bullying jurisdiction was conferred on the Commission, commencing on 1 January 2014, allowing eligible workers to apply to the Commission for an order to stop bullying at work.
  • From 1 January 2014 the Commission’s role in resolving general protections disputes and unlawful terminations was expanded to include consent arbitration.
  • The timeframe for lodging unlawful termination applications reduced from 60 days to 21 days from 1 January 2014.

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Act 2012

  • From 1 January 2014 the rules of registered organisations were required to provide for:
    • specified financial disclosures
    • the development and implementation of financial policies, and
    • that certain officers undertake financial management training.

For a list of other major documents relating to the work of the Commission see Appendix I.