Employers in Australia’s biggest cities have a new tool to ensure their employees are safe from tear-gas, rubber bullets and other tactics.
The new Employment Contracts Template, which allows employers to sign off on policies and training contracts, will be rolled out across the country.
It replaces a controversial tool the Government introduced in November which required businesses to submit their contracts with workers.
Under the new template, employers will be able to sign agreements with workers and specify the length of time they expect to keep the job, with a maximum of three months.
This will make it easier for businesses to meet minimum standards for safety, training and pay, the Government said.
It also allows employers and unions to take the lead on policy decisions, as long as they are compliant with federal workplace safety laws.
More than 2,200 contracts have been signed in the last 12 months in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart.
Employers can choose to have the contracts signed off on by the manager of the business or the manager’s supervisor.
They will be held accountable for the safety of their workers, as well as the conditions in the workplace.
The changes will take effect from next month.
The template has been created by the Bureau of Australian Industry and Employment, a private agency that has oversight of the industry.
Employers will need to provide a copy of their contract with the document.
Under this template, if an employee is injured or sick or suffers from other health problems, the employer will need their written consent to use force.
The template will also allow employers to provide their employees with medical documentation, including a medical history.
It can also specify how long an employee will be working, and what the length will be.
The guidelines state that an employee should not be allowed to work more than a minimum of two hours a day.
Workers are also required to be paid on a weekly or monthly basis.
A spokesperson for the Bureau said the changes would allow employers “to make more informed decisions about whether to employ workers, including providing training and providing training incentives.”
They would also be able “to better ensure workers are not being used as scapegoats for the work environment”.
This is not the first time that employers have adopted the template.
In May, the Bureau’s new rules on workplace safety were put into place.
The Department of Employment, Workforce Development and Supervision said the new rules were designed to make workplaces safer, better informed and more efficient.