Is my business a national system employer?

By Vivian Michael | Employment

Is my business a national system employer?

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Updated: 29 September 2019

Is my business a national system employer? And why should you care? A national system employer is covered and bound by Australian national workplace relations law. 


The national workplace system covers: 

  • All employees in Victoria, Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory (there are some exceptions for state public sector employees) 
  • All employees on Norfolk Island, the Territory of Christmas Island and the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands
  • Private enterprise in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania
  • Government employees in Tasmania 
  • Those employed by the Commonwealth or a Commonwealth authority 
  • Waterside employees, maritime employees or flight crew officers in interstate or overseas trade or commerce. 

Below is a diagram to show coverage clearer. 

Is my business a national system employer?


If your business is a national system employer your business is bound by the national workplace relations system and your workers are protected by those laws. 

I wish you every success in your ventures! 



About the Author

Vivian Michael is a lawyer and founder of Michael Law Group. Vivian's mission is to make quality business legal services accessible to entrepreneurs launching in Australia that would otherwise DIY, rely on legacy contracts or go without.

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