Australia’s national workplace relations system, Fair Work, began on 1 July 2009. Fair Work delivers on the Australian Government’s commitment to provide a one-stop-shop to ensure employers and employees know where they stand in the new workplace relations system. Fair Work comprises the national tribunal, the Fair Work Commission, and the Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman.
The Fair Work Commission is the independent umpire for workplaces in Australia. The Fair Work Commission has the power to vary awards, make minimum wage orders, approve agreements, determine unfair dismissal claims and make orders on such matters as good faith bargaining and industrial action. This will help employees and employers resolve disputes at the workplace.
The Office for the Fair Work Ombudsman was established to promote productive, harmonious and cooperative workplace relations and to help employers, employees and organisations to comply with the Australian Government’s workplace relations laws. For more information on Fair Work, visit fairwork.gov.au or call 13 13 94.
The Fair Work system, including the Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman and Fair Work Australia, began on 1 July 2009. Fair Work Australia became the Fair Work Commission on 1 January 2013.