Minimum labour standards enforcement in Australia : caught in the crossfire?

Goodwin, Miles & Maconachie, Glenda J. (2011) Minimum labour standards enforcement in Australia : caught in the crossfire? The Economic and Labour Relations Review, 22(2), pp. 55-80.

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The complex transition from convict to free labour influenced state intervention in the employment relationship, and initiated the first minimum labour standards in Australia in 1828. Since then, two principal sets of tensions have affected the enforcement of such standards: tensions between government and employers, and tensions between the major political parties over industrial and economic issues.

This article argues that these tensions have resulted in a sustained legacy affecting minimum labour standards’ enforcement in Australia. The article outlines broad historical developments and contexts of minimum labour standards’ enforcement in Australia since 1828, with more contemporary exploration focusing specifically on enforcement practices and policies in the Australian federal industrial relations jurisdiction. Current enforcement practices are an outcome of this volatile history, and past influences remain strong.

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ID Code: 43714
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Enforcement Regimes, Enforcement Strategies, Labour Standards, Public Policy, Trade Unions
ISSN: 1035-3046
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Industrial Relations (150306)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 28 Jul 2011 22:42
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2011 22:42

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