Senate debates

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Questions on Notice

Fair Work Australia (Question No. 1899)

Photo of Eric AbetzEric Abetz (Tasmania, Liberal Party, Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations) Share this | | Hansard source

asked the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, in writing, on 25 June 2012:

Will the Minister intervene in the modern awards review by Fair Work Australia and seek a new award for 'Green Jobs' or 'Green Collar Workers'; if not: (a) why not; and (b) which award will apply to these workers.

Photo of Joe LudwigJoe Ludwig (Queensland, Australian Labor Party, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) Share this | | Hansard source

The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

I will not be intervening in the two year review of modern awards to seek a new award for 'Green Jobs.' The review is already underway and as set out in subitem 6(2) of Schedule 5 of the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009 must consider whether the modern awards:

(a) achieve the modern awards objective; and

(b) are operating effectively, without anomalies or technical problems arising from the Part 10A award modernisation process.

As 'Green Jobs' could be undertaken in a number of different industries and occupations, the modern award that applies to the relevant industry or occupation would apply.