Assessing the Impact of Employment Regulation on the Low-paid in Victoria

Full text for this resource is not available from the Research Repository.

Cockfield, Sandra, Buttigieg, Donna, Jerrard, Marjorie and Rainnie, Al (2011) Assessing the Impact of Employment Regulation on the Low-paid in Victoria. Economic and Labour Relations Review, 22 (2). pp. 131-152. ISSN 1035-3046


Since 1993 and the removal of the separate award system for the Australian State of Victoria, many Victorian workers have been on five minimum conditions and on pay levels well below that of employees in other States. Despite attempts to rectify the situation (with Victorian common rule awards), issues of coverage and employer compliance remained. The implementation of WorkChoices legislation in 2006 posed a further challenge to Victorian low-paid workers. Our research found that the impact of WorkChoices on the Victorian low-paid has been largely insidious, surfacing primarily as an increased wage-effort ratio, with people working more unpaid hours and at an increased pace. The implications of this are that these hidden effects are more likely to linger, even with the replacement of WorkChoices with the Fair Work Act, 2009. Furthermore, it appears that employer compliance with minimum conditions requires more adequate enforcement by the Federal Government.

Dimensions Badge

Altmetric Badge

Item type Article
DOI 10.1177/103530461102200207
Official URL
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Historical > FOR Classification > 1801 Law
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
Historical > SEO Classification > 9104 Management and Productivity
Keywords ResPubID23626, labor laws and legislation, Victoria, Australia, work environment, industrial relations, income distribution, collective bargaining
Citations in Scopus 2 - View on Scopus
Download/View statistics View download statistics for this item

Search Google Scholar

Repository staff login