Cracking down on dodgy bosses who steal superannuation and turbocharging new affordable housing will be two of Labor's priorities if it wins the next election.
Australia's environmental laws will also be rewritten and a new national protection authority created under a future Bill Shorten government.
The Labor leader got through the first day of Labor's national conference in Adelaide without any major stoushes, apart from dealing with some protesters who stormed the stage.
After the climate and refugee protesters were dragged from the stage, Mr Shorten promised Australia a stable party after five years of coalition division.
"We are united, we are determined, and we are ready," Mr Shorten told the crowd on Sunday.
He promised to make superannuation part of the National Employment Standards, Australia's minimum workplace entitlements.
"Bosses who rip off their staff, who don't pay their super, who steal their super, should receive the same punishments and penalties as those who violate other workplace rights," Mr Shorten said.
The move will give employees the power to pursue unpaid superannuation entitlements through the Fair Work Commission or federal court.
Labor also announced a $6.6 billion, 10-year plan to build 250,000 new affordable homes, with investors paid $127,500 over 15 years to keep rents 20 per cent below market value.
"Our plan will mean that a family paying the national rental average would save up to $92 a week, every week of the year," Mr Shorten said.
"(We'll) make sure these homes are built where they're needed most, and to go to the people who need them most. Not foreign investors, nor international students."
But Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the last time Labor tried to push up housing stocks it didn't work.
"Reheating the policies of the failed Rudd Government is no answer to the challenges that Australia faces," Mr Morrison told reporters.
A loud group of protesters chanted outside about stopping the Adani coal mine in Queensland, before the conference agreed to create a new Environment Act and the Environmental Protection Agency.
"The EPA will give us fair environmental laws that make sure we are no longer the extinction capital of the world," Labor frontbencher Tony Burke said.
Labor power brokers have carefully stage managed the conference to make sure Mr Shorten has no surprises just five months out from an election.
Even a potential fight on Monday over raising the Newstart rate looks set to be headed off, with Labor committed to reviewing it once in government.
Australian Associated Press