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, Vivian advises Australia's top entrepreneurs on business and employment matters. Clients benefit from Vivian's commercially focussed and pragmatic legal advice, business experience, and commitment to deliver the best quality business legal services to her clients.

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