On 13 December 2017 the High Court handed down its decision in Regional Express Holdings Limited v Australian Federation of Air Pilots  HCA 55. The High Court has confirmed that the expression “eligible to represent the industrial interests of”, as used in various sections of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Act), includes both Members of a registered organisation and Non-members who are eligible to be Members.
The expression is important in the sections of the Act relating to bargaining representatives, protected industrial action and union right of entry, amongst others.
The decision traces the history of the expression and discusses relevant cases.
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