History of Employment

Events

Mr Justice Higgins, establishes basic wage

1908

Eight Hours Act (NSW) reduces working hours in NSW from 60 to 48 hours in a 6 day week

1916

minimum wage for women to 54% of the national basic wage for men

1919

Commonwealth Court o Conciliation and Arbitration grants one week's annual paid leave to printing industry

1935

Commonwealth Industrial Court adopts 3 weeks annual paid leave

1963

First paid maternity leave granted to federal public servants (

1973

High Court challenge to the Work Choices legislation by all the states and territories.

2006

Rudd Government replaces the Workplace Relations Act with the Fair Work Act 2009

2009