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FAIR WORK ACT 2009 - SECT 161

Variation of modern award on referral by Australian Human Rights Commission

             (1)  The FWC must review a modern award if the award is referred to it under section 46PW of the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (which deals with discriminatory industrial instruments).

             (2)  The following are entitled to make submissions to the FWC for consideration in the review:

                     (a)  if the referral relates to action that would be unlawful under Part 4 of the Age Discrimination Act 2004 --the Age Discrimination Commissioner;

                     (b)  if the referral relates to action that would be unlawful under Part 2 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 --the Disability Discrimination Commissioner;

                     (c)  if the referral relates to action that would be unlawful under Part II of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 --the Sex Discrimination Commissioner.

             (3)  If the FWC considers that the modern award reviewed requires a person to do an act that would be unlawful under any of the Acts referred to in subsection (2) (but for the fact that the act would be done in direct compliance with the modern award), the FWC must make a determination varying the modern award so that it no longer requires the person to do an act that would be so unlawful.

Note:          Special criteria apply to changing coverage of modern awards (see section 163).



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