Fair Work Inspectors are government officials appointed by the Fair Work Ombudsman under the Fair Work Act 2009. The Fair Work Act 2009 gives Fair Work Inspectors certain powers to perform their role to promote and monitor compliance with relevant Commonwealth workplace laws.
A Fair Work Inspector’s role includes:
- conducting targeted education campaigns in industries and regions
- conducting compliance audits
- investigating workplace complaints
- providing assistance in resolving workplace complaints
- investigating suspected contraventions of relevant Commonwealth workplace laws and fair work instruments (e.g. an award or an industrial agreement including agreements made under the former Workplace Relations Act 1996)
- taking steps to enforce relevant Commonwealth workplace laws and fair work instruments through the court system (where necessary).
All Fair Work Inspectors are issued with an identity card that they must carry with them at all times when performing functions or exercising their powers. You can request to see a Fair Work Inspector’s identity card to confirm their identity.