September 29, 2019

Is my business a national system employer?

Is my business a national system employer?

Updated: 2 December 2019

Is my business a national system employer?

And, why should you care?

Because 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 courtesy of the Fair Work Commission, to help you see the coverage more clearly.

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. 

As always, if you are in doubt, get advice. 

I wish you every success in your ventures! 


About the author 

Vivian Michael

As founder and lawyer at Michael Law Group, CPA and owner of a business consultancy, Vivian is well-positioned to advise Australia's top entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs benefit from Vivian's commercially focussed legal advice, business experience, and commitment to deliver the best quality business legal services to entrepreneurs.

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