The Fair Work Commission has registered the Fair Work Commission Amendment (Entry Permits and Other Measures) Rules 2019 (Rules Amendment). The Rules Amendment amends the Fair Work Commission Rules 2013 (Rules) with effect from 1 August 2019.
In addition to making various technical changes to improve the workings of the Rules, the Rules Amendment amends or introduces rules concerning:
- the circumstances in which a person requires permission to be represented by a lawyer or paid agent in a matter before the Commission
- applications for entry permits
- provision to the public of certain applications and statutory declarations relating to enterprise agreements, and
- service of applications under s.483AA of the Fair Work Act 2009 for access to non-member records.
The Rules Amendment and the Explanatory Statement to the Rules Amendment are available on the Federal Register of Legislation. A compilation incorporating the amended Rules will be available on the Federal Register of Legislation website shortly.
New and updated forms incorporating changes required by the amended Rules are available on the Forms page of the Commission's website.
To provide further guidance in relation to representation, the Commission has also published a new practice note: Lawyers and paid agents.