The Fair Work Amendment (Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industry) Act 2012 (TCF Act) and Building and Construction Industry Improvement Amendment (Transition to Fair Work) Act 2012 (ABCC Act) came into force in April.

The TCF Act extends the coverage of most of the employee entitlements and protections under the Fair Work Act to contract outworkers in the TCF industry, who have traditionally fallen outside the scope of labor and employment regulation. The ABCC Act has created a new agency, the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate, to replace the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner and has removed certain higher penalties which applied only to building industry participants for breach of labor law.