The Coalition Government is committed to a right of entry scheme that is clear and transparent for all parties.
The Governor-General has made changes to the Fair Work Regulations to modernise the right of entry scheme that allows union officials to enter workplaces.
From 1 July 2019, the right of entry permits issued by the Fair Work Commission must include a photo and signature of the permit holder, along with any conditions on its use.
The notice of entry forms that must be given to employers will also be required to clearly set out the rules that both union officials and employers must follow when rights of entry are being exercised.
Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations, the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP, said the proposed changes are sensible, practical reforms that will make the right of entry framework clearer and less vulnerable to abuse.
“The building and construction sector is our third largest industry, so it is critical to ensure that it is not held hostage by people abusing right of entry laws,” Minister O’Dwyer said.
“These common sense changes will make it easier for permit holders to carry their permits and exercise right of entry, while those on worksites will be able to appropriately verify the identity of a permit holder on their premises.”
“No longer will people be able to misrepresent their identity or falsely claim to be authorised permit holders.”
The changes to the notice of entry forms will ensure all parties are aware of their statutory rights and responsibilities, and provide contact details for the appropriate regulator in the event of any queries, which will assist in reducing disputes over right of entry.
The new permits and notice of entry forms will be used from 1 July 2019. Existing permit holders can continue to use their old permits, but from 1 October 2019 they will either have to obtain a new permit or present a Government-issued photo ID along with their old permit, when showing their permit at worksites.