Greenfields reform will boost business, create jobs

19 Apr 2022 |

A commitment from a re-elected Coalition government to extend new greenfields agreements to six years is an important step towards genuine and structural workplace reform that will stimulate investment and deliver new employment opportunities.

“Extending greenfields agreements to last six years will protect major projects from the risk of delay, disruption and cost blowouts resulting from uncertainty and unnecessary disputation,” ACCI chief executive Andrew McKellar said.

“Currently, greenfields agreements cannot be extended beyond four years after the date of approval by the Fair Work Commission.  As industrial action may be taken after an agreement has expired, businesses may face significant uncertainty and onerous additional costs when they can least afford it.

“This reform gets the balance right.  Workers will have the continued security of very highly paid arrangements for six years, and businesses with projects worth more than $500 million will have the assurance that workplace agreements will last the duration of the project.

“Investors, employers and employees alike are set to benefit from this commitment that will encourage investment and create jobs across the country.

“With the continued growth in Australia’s vibrant mineral and energy sectors, and an ambitious pipeline of new infrastructure investment set for the years ahead, this reform will provide businesses with the certainty and confidence that major projects will be completed on time and on budget.

“Today’s announcement is a critical test for the Labor opposition.  A bipartisan commitment to support greenfields reform would demonstrate that Australia is once more open for businesses.

Jack Quail | Media Adviser

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