On 17 December 2012, the Society was invited to make a submission to the Standing Committee on Education and Employment into the Fair Work Amendment (Tackling Job Insecurity) Bill 2012 (“the Bill”). The Society welcomes the opportunity to contribute to this submission. The Society supports the purpose of the Bill: to “provide a process for ‘insecure’ workers to move to ongoing employment on a part-time or full-time basis”. This new process reflects a recommendation of the report of the Independent Inquiry into Insecure Work in Australia that ‘Fair Work Australia be granted jurisdiction to … [make] “secure employment orders.”

It is widely accepted that positive employment is a determinant of health and wellbeing. Sadly, only 60% of Australian workers are currently employed in permanent, ongoing work. As such, Australia outranks almost all other OECD countries in our high rates of workers engaged in insecure employment.