Part 1 of Closing Loopholes Bill now in force

Part one of the Federal Government’s Closing Loopholes Bill is now law, passed by the Senate on December 14. 

Key dates for changes 

Start date  Amendments 
December 15, 2023 
  • Small business redundancy exemption provisions 
  • Regulated labour hire arrangement jurisdiction 
  • Workplace delegates’ rights provisions 
  • Protections for those subject to family and domestic violence 
  • Amendments to compulsory conciliation conferences in protected action ballot order matters 
July 1, 2024 
  • Determinations varying modern awards to include a delegates’ rights term 
  • Delegates’ rights term must be included in a workplace determination made on or after July 1, 2024 
  • Delegates’ rights term must be included in an enterprise agreement approved by vote on or after July 1, 2024 
November 1, 2024 
  • Regulated labour hire arrangement orders can start operation 
January 1, 2025* 
  • Wage theft provisions apply 

* the later of January 1, 2025 and the day after the Minister declares a Voluntary Small Business Wage Compliance Code 


Part two of the Bill, including the changes to casual employment, is not expected to be finalised before February next year. 

If you have any questions about the Bill or how it will affect your business, our Employee Relations Advice Centre is also available to respond to your questions on (08) 9365 7660, or via [email protected] 

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