The Coalition's policy "retains the framework of the existing Fair Work Act, which it said has "many positive aspects", and amends it rather than starting again from scratch. In the vast majority of cases, employers need not take any immediate action. Any change will not be passed until much later this year at the earliest."
Regarding workplace bullying,
"Workplace bullying laws to be retained, but slightly amended
The Coalition supports and will retain the amendments made by the previous Government to the Fair Work Act to include workplace bullying.
They have, however, foreshadowed two amendments:
- workers making an application to the Fair Work Commission in respect of workplace bullying will need to show they have first sought help from an independent regulatory agency such as a state work health and safety body; and
- the scope of the workplace bullying provisions will be expanded to include the conduct of union officials towards workers and employers."