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1947–40 Hour Week Case

Applications by various organizations to vary awards and agreements for a reduction in standard hours from 44 to 40 per week – Standard Hours Inquiry 1947 (Forty Hour Week Case) (1947) 59 CAR 581 – Drake-Brockman C.J., Foster and Sugarman JJ., Judgment 8 September 1947

Standard hours of work are reduced from 44 to 40 hours per week as a result of a 21-month-long inquiry. While employers argue against shorter working hours, the claim is not opposed by any government-state or federal. The Commonwealth Court of Conciliation and Arbitration considers a range of factors and evidence including the effect of shorter hours on production, costs and prices, the validity of the claim for extra leisure and the state of the Australian economy. The new standard does not apply to rural employees but is generally applied Australia-wide by early 1948.