Industry groups say the government's rushed workplace reforms risk damaging the economy, as a heavily amended bill passes the lower house.
First responders including police and paramedics could soon receive easier access to compensation after major workplace changes cleared a key hurdle.
Further protections and access to support for workers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and domestic violence could soon become a reality.
Gig and labour hire workers could receive billions of dollars in unpaid wages as part of the government's latest raft of workplace reforms.
The federal government has introduced its next tranche of workplace reforms targeted at employers exploiting loopholes to undercut pay.
It will cost employers more to pay workers fairly, the workplace relations minister says, but it is not expected to massively push up costs for consumers.
Labor is on track for another parliamentary battle with the Greens, with the minor party laying out what it will take to gain support for super tax changes.
Workplace laws allowing employees from rival businesses to team up during negotiations have come into effect and one group of workers is wasting no time.
Industrial relations changes that will allow multi-employer bargaining have passed the lower house, but Senate hurdles remain for the workplace reforms.
Victoria has passed legislation to become the third Australian jurisdiction to decriminalise sex work, ending a decades-long wait for advocates.