Last updated March 2023
This chapter explains how industrial instruments can be used to reinforce work health and safety through the terms and conditions of employment.
What is an industrial instrument?
An industrial instrument is defined under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) as a workplace instrument that:
- is made under, or recognised by, a workplace law; and
- concerns the relationships between employers and employees.
There are three types of industrial instruments:
- the National Employment Standards (NES) of the FW Act;
- modern awards; and
- enterprise agreements.
- limiting hours of work;
- incorporating rest breaks;
- including allowances for first aid training; and
- imposing obligations on employers to consult with affected employees about significant workplace change.