Changes to the Fair Work Act

Some changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) came into effect on 1 January 2013 of which the key ones are: 

  1. The time limit for lodging unfair dismissal applications and general protections dismissal applications will be 21 days for employees. Previously, the time limit for unfair dismissal applications was 14 days and for general protections dismissal applications was 60 days;
  2. The Commission will be given further powers to dismiss unfair dismissal applications and to make cost orders against parties; and
  3. Fair Work Australia has been renamed the Fair Work Commission.

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