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FAIR ENTITLEMENTS GUARANTEE ACT 2012 - NOTES

No. 159, 2012

Compilation No. 2

Compilation date:                              1 July 2016

Includes amendments up to:            Act No. 33, 2016

Registered:                                         11 July 2016

 

About this compilation

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Fair Entitlements Guarantee Act 2012 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 1 July 2016 (the compilation date).

The notes at the end of this compilation (the endnotes) include information about amending laws and the amendment history of provisions of the compiled law.

Uncommenced amendments

The effect of uncommenced amendments is not shown in the text of the compiled law. Any uncommenced amendments affecting the law are accessible on the Legislation Register (www.legislation.gov.au). The details of amendments made up to, but not commenced at, the compilation date are underlined in the endnotes. For more information on any uncommenced amendments, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Application, saving and transitional provisions for provisions and amendments

If the operation of a provision or amendment of the compiled law is affected by an application, saving or transitional provision that is not included in this compilation, details are included in the endnotes.

Editorial changes

For more information about any editorial changes made in this compilation, see the endnotes.

Modifications

If the compiled law is modified by another law, the compiled law operates as modified but the modification does not amend the text of the law. Accordingly, this compilation does not show the text of the compiled law as modified. For more information on any modifications, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Self-repealing provisions

If a provision of the compiled law has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law, details are included in the endnotes.

  

  

  


Contents

Part 1--Preliminary                                                                                                             1

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Objects of this Act.............................................................................. 2

4............ Simplified outline of this Act.............................................................. 2

5............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 4

6............ Kinds of employment entitlements...................................................... 8

7............ Wages................................................................................................. 9

8............ This Act binds the Crown................................................................. 10

9............ Extraterritorial operation.................................................................... 10

9A......... Rules may modify application of this Act in Norfolk Island............. 10

Part 2--Eligibility for advance                                                                                    12

Division 1--Conditions of eligibility for advance                                        12

Subdivision A--Basic conditions of eligibility                                                 12

10.......... Conditions of eligibility for advance................................................. 12

Subdivision B--Exclusions from eligibility                                                      13

11.......... Exclusion for personal connection with employer............................. 13

12.......... Exclusion for being newly employed after working as contractor..... 14

13.......... Exclusion for employment by certain employers............................... 14

Division 2--Claim for eligibility for advance                                                16

14.......... Making an effective claim................................................................. 16

15.......... Secretary must decide effective claim................................................ 17

Part 3--Amount of advance                                                                                          18

Division 1--Working out the amount of an advance                                 18

16.......... General rule for working out the amount of an advance.................... 18

17.......... Reduction for the person's debts to the employer............................. 19

18.......... Nil amount if liquidator or bankruptcy trustee can fully pay entitlements soon        19

Division 2--Amounts for employment entitlements                                   20

Subdivision A--Working out amounts for employment entitlements        20

19.......... Working out amounts for employment entitlements.......................... 20

Subdivision B--General rules for basic amounts for employment entitlements           21

20.......... Basic amount for annual leave entitlement......................................... 21

21.......... Basic amount for long service leave entitlement................................ 21

22.......... Basic amount for payment in lieu of notice entitlement..................... 21

23.......... Basic amount for redundancy pay entitlement................................... 22

24.......... Basic amount for wages entitlement.................................................. 22

Subdivision C--Special rules for basic amounts for employment entitlements             22

25.......... Disregarding recently agreed changes in terms and conditions......... 22

26.......... Applying maximum weekly wage rate--entitlements except wages entitlement       23

27.......... Applying maximum weekly wage rate--wages entitlement.............. 24

Part 4--Payment of advance                                                                                        26

28.......... Payment to eligible person or intermediary....................................... 26

Part 5--Recovery of advance                                                                                       28

Division 1--Recovery through winding up or bankruptcy                    28

29.......... Recovery of advance paid to liquidator............................................. 28

30.......... Recovery of some amounts of advance paid to bankruptcy trustee... 29

31.......... Recovery in other circumstances....................................................... 29

32.......... Amounts of advance attributable to particular employment entitlements if advance reduced for debts to employer  30

33.......... Recovery of advance for employment for partnership....................... 31

Division 2--Recovery from person eligible for advance                         32

34.......... Recovery from person eligible for advance....................................... 32

Part 6--Administration                                                                                                    33

Division 1--Decision-making about advances                                               33

35.......... Presuming accuracy of certain information....................................... 33

36.......... Giving notice of decisions made under section 15............................ 33

Division 2--Review of decisions about advances                                        34

Subdivision A--Internal review on the Secretary's own initiative              34

37.......... Review on the Secretary's own initiative.......................................... 34

Subdivision B--Internal review on application                                               35

38.......... Application for review by Secretary.................................................. 35

39.......... Action on application for review....................................................... 36

Subdivision C--Review by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal               36

40.......... Application to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for review........ 36

41.......... Limit on review of decision on amount of advance........................... 37

Division 3--Information management                                                              38

42.......... Use and disclosure of personal information by the Department for administering this Act      38

43.......... Use and disclosure of personal information by insolvency practitioners and payment intermediaries      38

44.......... Use and disclosure of personal information by persons making payments to former employees             39

45.......... Disclosure of personal information to certain agencies..................... 39

Division 4--Arrangements for information and dealing with payments               40

46.......... Arrangements for information and dealing with payments................ 40

Division 5--Delegation                                                                                              41

47.......... Delegation of Secretary's powers and functions............................... 41

48.......... Delegation of Minister's powers....................................................... 42

Part 7--Miscellaneous                                                                                                       43

49.......... Extended operation of this Act in relation to employers in administration under the Corporations Act 2001           43

50.......... Schemes for assistance of workers who were not employees........... 44

51.......... Appropriation.................................................................................... 45

52.......... Recoverable payments....................................................................... 45

53.......... Reports about recoverable payments................................................. 45

54.......... Right to financial assistance may be reduced, cancelled etc. without compensation  47

55.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 47

Endnotes                                                                                                                                    49

Endnote 1--About the endnotes                                                                            49

Endnote 2--Abbreviation key                                                                                51

Endnote 3--Legislation history                                                                             52

Endnote 4--Amendment history                                                                           54


  

Endnotes

Endnote 1--About the endnotes

The endnotes provide information about this compilation and the compiled law.

The following endnotes are included in every compilation:

Endnote 1--About the endnotes

Endnote 2--Abbreviation key

Endnote 3--Legislation history

Endnote 4--Amendment history

Abbreviation key--Endnote 2

The abbreviation key sets out abbreviations that may be used in the endnotes.

Legislation history and amendment history--Endnotes 3 and 4

Amending laws are annotated in the legislation history and amendment history.

The legislation history in endnote 3 provides information about each law that has amended (or will amend) the compiled law. The information includes commencement details for amending laws and details of any application, saving or transitional provisions that are not included in this compilation.

The amendment history in endnote 4 provides information about amendments at the provision (generally section or equivalent) level. It also includes information about any provision of the compiled law that has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law.

Editorial changes

The Legislation Act 2003 authorises First Parliamentary Counsel to make editorial and presentational changes to a compiled law in preparing a compilation of the law for registration. The changes must not change the effect of the law. Editorial changes take effect from the compilation registration date.

If the compilation includes editorial changes, the endnotes include a brief outline of the changes in general terms. Full details of any changes can be obtained from the Office of Parliamentary Counsel.

Misdescribed amendments

A misdescribed amendment is an amendment that does not accurately describe the amendment to be made. If, despite the misdescription, the amendment can be given effect as intended, the amendment is incorporated into the compiled law and the abbreviation "(md)" added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

If a misdescribed amendment cannot be given effect as intended, the abbreviation "(md not incorp)" is added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

 

Endnote 2--Abbreviation key

 

ad = added or inserted

o = order(s)

am = amended

Ord = Ordinance

amdt = amendment

orig = original

c = clause(s)

par = paragraph(s)/subparagraph(s)

C[x] = Compilation No. x

    /sub-subparagraph(s)

Ch = Chapter(s)

pres = present

def = definition(s)

prev = previous

Dict = Dictionary

(prev ... ) = previously

disallowed = disallowed by Parliament

Pt = Part(s)

Div = Division(s)

r = regulation(s)/rule(s)

ed = editorial change

reloc = relocated

exp = expires/expired or ceases/ceased to have

renum = renumbered

    effect

rep = repealed

F = Federal Register of Legislation

rs = repealed and substituted

gaz = gazette

s = section(s)/subsection(s)

LA = Legislation Act 2003

Sch = Schedule(s)

LIA = Legislative Instruments Act 2003

Sdiv = Subdivision(s)

(md) = misdescribed amendment can be given

SLI = Select Legislative Instrument

    effect

SR = Statutory Rules

(md not incorp) = misdescribed amendment

Sub-Ch = Sub-Chapter(s)

    cannot be given effect

SubPt = Subpart(s)

mod = modified/modification

underlining = whole or part not

No. = Number(s)

    commenced or to be commenced

 

Endnote 3--Legislation history

 

Act

Number and year

Assent

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

Fair Entitlements Guarantee Act 2012

159, 2012

28 Nov 2012

s 3-55: 5 Dec 2012 (s 2(1) item 2)
Remainder: 28 Nov 2012 (s 2(1) item 1)

 

Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2014

62, 2014

30 June 2014

Sch 9 (items 1, 2) and Sch 14: 1 July 2014 (s 2(1) items 6, 14)

Sch 14

as amended by

 

 

 

 

Public Governance and Resources Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 2015

36, 2015

13 Apr 2015

Sch 2 (items 7-9) and Sch 7: 14 Apr 2015 (s 2)

Sch 7

as amended by

 

 

 

 

Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) (Consequential Provisions) Act 2015

126, 2015

10 Sept 2015

Sch 1 (item 486): 5 Mar 2016 (s 2(1) item 2)

--

Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) (Consequential Provisions) Act 2015

126, 2015

10 Sept 2015

Sch 1 (item 495): 5 Mar 2016 (s 2(1) item 2)

--

Territories Legislation Amendment Act 2016

33, 2016

23 Mar 2016

Sch 5 (item 50): 1 July 2016 (s 2(1) item 7)

--

Endnote 4--Amendment history

 

Provision affected

How affected

Part 1

 

s 5........................................

am No 62, 2014

s 9A.....................................

ad No 33, 2016

Part 7

 

s 52......................................

am No 62, 2014

 


 



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