The fair work act: its impact within Australian workplaces

Law Employment Economics Australia
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This is AHRI’s second study, in association with Deakin University, on the impact for the Fair Work Act in Australian workplaces. The findings provide a first hand perspective on the operational impact of the Fair Work laws.

The current survey was delivered and coordinated in an online format by AHRI, was open between August and November 2011, and was distributed to AHRI’s membership, which number around 18,000. By the closing date 691 valid responses had been received. Most of the questions asked in the current survey replicated questions asked in the 2010 survey, so that comparisons could be made between the two sets of data in any analysis undertaken outside the purview of the present report. A few points are worth noting in reading the data contained in the following.

First, the percentages given in each entry are calculated in relation to the number of valid responses received for that question (n=x).

Second, in cases were no reference is made to the 2010 survey, the Table is referring to new questions asked in the current survey only.

Third, there is an anomaly in a few questions where the list of entries differs across the 2010 survey and current survey.

Typically an entry is simply missing. In such cases the entry concerned is flagged with ‘not asked’ (n.a), meaning that this entry was listed in the relevant survey. And finally, a written summation of the survey data is provided at the end of each section and refers to the questions contained in that section. The figures used in these summations ‘round’ up or ‘round’ down the figures they refer to in the associated Tables (e.g., 5.5 is ‘rounded up’ to 6, whereas 5.4 is ‘rounded down’ to 5). This is done for simple ease of reading and with no great injustice being done to the intended meaning sought to be conveyed in the summation.

No analysis of the data presented in this report is attempted. Nor is any explanation provided to account for the findings of the current survey or for the differences between the findings of this survey and the findings of the 2010 survey. What is given are the unmediated findings of both surveys, with supporting commentary summarising the key points.

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