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On 1 July 2009 Fair Work Australia began operations as part of a new national workplace relations system underpinned by the Fair Work Act 2009.
The new system, which also involves the Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman and Fair Work divisions of the Federal Court and Federal Magistrates Court, replaces that which operated under the Workplace Relations Act 1996.
The transition to the new system is being implemented in stages. This section of the Fair Work Australia website aims to provide an overview of the major stages and to assist users affected by the transition.
Transitional arrangements for the bodies in place in the national workplace relations system before the introduction of the Fair Work Act 2009.
There are two main bodies in the national workplace relations system:
Fair Work Australia commenced 1 July 2009
Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman commenced 1 July 2009
These bodies replace the following:
Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC)
Australian Industrial Registry
The AIRC and the Registry ceased operations on 31 December 2009.
Fair Work Australia assumed most of the functions of the AIRC and the Registry on 1 July 2009 and the remaining functions on 1 January 2010.
For more information, go to the AIRC website .
Australian Fair Pay Commission (AFPC)
Australian Fair Pay Commission Secretariat
The AFPC and its Secretariat ceased operations on 31 July 2009.
The responsibility for minimum wages in the national system now lies with Fair Work Australia.
The Workplace Authority ceased operation on 31 January 2010.
On 1 July 2009 Fair Work Australia assumed responsibility for collective agreement lodgment (now referred to as enterprise agreements) and approvals and the Authority's general advisory function transferred to the Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman.
The Workplace Ombudsman ceased operation on 30 June 2009. Its functions were assumed by the Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman on 1 July 2009.