AUSTRALIA’S new law will make it illegal for employers to ask for salary details in the future.
The changes will apply to the federal, state and territory levels of government.
The new Labor Government said the changes would be made effective 1 August.
They will also make it mandatory for businesses to ask employees for their salary information.
The Government said it was taking the step to “reduce the burden on employers of paying their workers more”.
The changes are the first in Australia and the first to be made in the workplace.
Employers will be able to ask about salary details if an employee is unable to answer questions about their position.
The Labor Government’s changes are expected to be passed by the Senate this week.
It’s expected to come into force in the next few weeks.
Employer ‘unreasonable’ ‘a significant burden’ Employers are already required to collect and store salary information from employees.
This has created a “significant burden” for businesses.
Under the new legislation, the burden will be reduced to “reasonable costs”, such as for a lawyer to advise a company on a legal matter.
The Attorney-General’s Department said the law “will reduce the burden of employers on their employees and make it much easier for employers and workers to share salary information, so that the business environment is more fair and efficient”.
The Government will now consult on the changes, and decide if it’s worth pursuing the legislation in court.
The move comes after a major lobbying campaign by Australian Payrolls and Benefits (APBA), which has been pushing for tougher laws.
The organisation has been fighting for laws that would give employers the ability to ask people about their salary.