Fair Work Act 2009 General protections


Did you know that when the Commonwealth Fair Work Act 2009 (the Act) was introduced in January 2010, it became unlawful for employers to take adverse action against an employee for exercising a workplace right?

This course has been designed to educate anyone in your organisation with people management or HR responsibilities about the rights of employees that are protected by the general protections provisions of the Act. Given the increasing number of adverse action claims that have been raised against employers since the Act came into force, this course is essential for the protection of your business against this type of claim.

Business outcomes

By implementing this course your organisation can:

  • manage its employees more effectively with consideration of their protected rights
  • have increased awareness of the consequences of taking adverse action against employees for a protected reason
  • reduce the risk of costly and time-consuming legal proceedings arising from adverse action claims
  • protect its brand and reputation from damage arising from breaches of the Fair Work Act.

Topics covered

This course covers the following topics:

  • what general protections are
  • what might be considered adverse action
  • the organisational consequences of the introduction of general protections.

Learning objectives

On completing this course, learners should be able to:

  • identify the rights of employees that are protected under general protections
  • recognise which actions would be considered unlawful in relation to the protected rights of employees
  • define the term ‘adverse action’
  • identify the type of situation that may give rise to an adverse action claim against an employer
  • recognise the consequences of unlawful adverse action.

Target audience

The target audience includes any individual with a responsibility to:

  • hire new employees
  • prepare employment contracts
  • determine and engage in the administration of employee entitlements
  • manage employee performance
  • deal with disciplinary matters up to and including the termination of employment.

The target audience also includes executive/senior managers or board members who may influence decisions affecting the employment status of people in their organisation.


Approximately 30 minutes

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