Legislative Council: Tuesday, May 02, 2023


Tennis Australia and Child Labour Laws

In reply to the Hon. T.A. FRANKS ().23 February 2023).

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector): I have been advised:

The industrial rights and entitlements of workers in the private sector, including in relation to youth wages, fall under the national industrial relations system governed by the commonwealth Fair Work Act 2009. If there are concerns about an underpayment of wages these should be directed to the commonwealth Fair Work Ombudsman.

Noting that some Tennis Australia events have run late into the evening, young workers (including volunteers) are covered by the state Work Health and Safety Act 2012which requires organisations to ensure their health and safety as far as reasonably practicable.

The commonwealth parliament is currently considering whether to ratify the International Labour Organization's Minimum Age Convention 1973. The Malinauskas government will consider what reform may be required pending the outcome of that process.