The Australian Hotels Association (AHA) has been appointed by the federal government to lead the hospitality and accommodation sector’s contribution and guidance on overhauling Australia’s industrial relations system.
Last month, Prime Minister Scott Morrison commissioned Federal Attorney General and Minister for Industrial Relations Christian Porter to chair five working groups to cover award simplification, enterprise agreement making, casual and fixed-term employment, greenfield projects, and compliance and enforcement.
The AHA has been appointed to the award simplification and compliance and enforcement working groups.
AHA chief executive Stephen Ferguson will represent the association on the award simplification working group; while its director of legal and industrial affairs, Philip Ryan, will play a role in the compliance and enforcement working group.
Ferguson said having Australia’s peak hospitality and accommodation industry body as the lead organisation for the sector was a unique opportunity to reform Australia’s employment law system.
“On behalf of our membership and the more than 1,000,000 people working in the hospitality and tourism industry, we welcome the opportunity to contribute to a process that may deliver the most meaningful reform in decades,” he said.
“With much of our industry’s workforce employed under the Hospitality Award, the AHA is heavily invested in ensuring we get this right for the long-term benefit of employers, employees and the broader economy.”