'Light touch' Labour regulation by state governments in Australia: a preliminary assessment

labour regulation Government regulatory policy Sector regulation Industrial relations Labour force Australia

Increasing attention (particularly in Europe and the United States) has been paid to the use by states of ‘soft’ or ‘light touch’ approaches to regulating labour standards. Such regulatory approaches are yet to receive extensive consideration as forms of state labour regulation in Australian labour law scholarship. This paper presents preliminary findings from a study of light touch labour regulation by State Governments in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. It seeks to contribute to an understanding of how the state seeks to effect normative changes in employment practices and industrial relations in Australia other than through legislation.

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