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Expanded legal advice service for small business

Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations
Kelly O’Dwyer

The Federal Government is supporting small and family businesses and Australian workers to navigate Australia’s industrial relations law with even greater access to free legal advice.

The $1.4 million expansion of the Fair Work Commission’s Workplace Advice Service will provide valuable legal help to both employers and employees.

Federal Member for Durack and Minister for the Environment Melissa Price said those in rural and regional areas who have limited support services will particularly benefit from the additional support.

“It is always tough for regional businesses and this funding will allow the Fair Work Commission to facilitate free legal advice to more small business operators and employees who simply can’t afford to pay for legal services,” she said.

Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations Kelly O’Dwyer said the service provides advice from leading law firms, community legal centres and other partners on dismissal and other matters before the Fair Work Commission.

“Navigating industrial relations laws can be difficult, so providing self-represented employers and employees with targeted assistance helps to reduce some of the complexity for small and family businesses, as well as individual employees,” she said.

“Australia’s 3.3 million small businesses are the engine room of the Australian economy, employing 7 million Australians. The Coalition Government wants them to be able to operate with clarity and certainty regarding their rights and responsibilities under employment law.”

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