Fair Work Act 2009 National Employment Standards


The Commonwealth Fair Work Act 2009 (the Act) includes the National Employment Standards (NES), which are the 10 minimum employment entitlements that must be provided to all employees covered by Australia’s national workplace relations system. This course provides workers with a foundational understanding of the NES. It includes:

  • video segments featuring Learning Seat’s Legal Counsel, Lindsay Evans, who draws on several years’ experience representing employers to explain the important aspects of the NES that employers should be aware of
  • downloadable resources, including an employer checklist, to provide guidance when it’s needed most.

Business outcomes

By implementing this course your organisation can:

  • be aware of the minimum entitlements due to its employees under the NES
  • ensure its employment arrangements comply with the NES
  • reduce the risk of costly and time-consuming legal proceedings arising from contraventions of the NES
  • protect its brand and reputation from damage arising from breaches of the Fair Work Act.

Topics covered

This course covers the following topics:

  • who is covered by the NES
  • explanations of the 10 standards
  • the consequences of breaching the NES.

Learning objectives

On completing this course, learners should be able to:

  • list the minimum entitlements available to employees under the NES
  • recognise the consequences of not adhering to the NES
  • access targeted information describing these entitlements.

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 15 minutes

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