Race on to push through work laws reform

The Albanese government hopes to deliver on two key election promises by the end of the parliamentary sitting fortnight.

The House of Representatives and Senate will sit from Monday and are scheduled to rise for the year on December 1.

Legislation to put in place a National Anti-Corruption Commission and make changes to workplace laws to drive up wages are at the top of the government's agenda.

While the NACC has broad support across the parliament, the "secure jobs, better pay" bill faces a more uncertain path through the Senate.

Labor needs the support of the 12 Greens senators and one crossbencher to secure the bill.

The report of an inquiry into the bill has been delayed until next Tuesday, after which time it can be brought on for debate.

Inquiry committee chair Tony Sheldon said the committee, which received almost 100 submissions, needed more time to consider the evidence and finish its deliberations.

Noting unemployment is at 3.4 per cent, Workplace Minister Tony Burke said economic conditions were perfect for real wage growth and laws need to be changed to ensure it could happen.

"The key way to get flexibility and productivity outcomes for business while at the same time getting better wage outcomes for workers is to get bargaining moving," he said.

Independent senator David Pocock, who holds a key vote, backs most of the bill but has called for the single-interest bargaining stream to be omitted from the bill so it can be scrutinised further.

He also raised concerns about a union veto before agreements can be put to a vote.

Senator Pocock hopes to make progress on his bill to provide the ACT and Northern Territory with greater rights, paving the way for voluntary euthanasia laws to be passed.

The Greens broadly support the workplace bill but are working through points of concern that may inadvertently allow some workers to go backwards.

The government is also seeking to legislate two major trade deals, with the UK and India.

Both agreements need the backing of the Indian and UK legislatures to come into force.

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus intends to introduce a whistleblower protection bill, as the government prepares the groundwork for the NACC.

New laws to increase the level of Child Care Subsidy are set to pass the Senate as early as Monday.