The Fair Work Ombudsman is committed to providing advice that you can rely on.

The information contained on this website is general in nature. If you are unsure about how it applies to your situation you can call our Infoline on 13 13 94 or speak with a union, industry association or workplace relations professional.

Visitors are warned that this site may inadvertently contain names or pictures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have recently died.

Links to external websites

Where our sites provide links to external websites, these links are provided for the visitor's convenience and do not constitute endorsement of material at those sites, or any associated organisation, product or service.

Website security

We apply a range of security controls to protect our website from unauthorised access. However, users should be aware that the World Wide Web is an insecure public network that gives rise to a potential risk that a user’s transactions are being viewed, intercepted or modified by third parties or that files which the user downloads may contain computer viruses, disabling codes, worms or other devices or defects.

The Commonwealth accepts no liability for any interference with or damage to a user’s computer system, software or data occurring in connection with or relating to this web site or its use. Users are encouraged to take appropriate and adequate precautions to ensure that whatever is selected from this site is free of viruses or other contamination that may interfere with or damage the user’s computer system, software or data. Where connection to system or website outside our control compromises the FWO website we will sever links to that website or system.

You should report any suspicious or unauthorised activity relating to your use of our site by contacting us.

Increasing your safety online

To protect your computer you should:

  • Install and activate security software on your computer
  • Ensure your security software includes anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall and anti-spam filter
  • Run regular scans of your computer for viruses
  • Remember to update your security software to ensure you are always running the current version.

Other steps you should take to help protect your computer include:

  • Check your Internet browser's security settings for ways to make your browsing more secure
  • Do not open email attachments if you do not know the sender
  • Only download files from reputable Internet sites
  • Be wary when exchanging files with colleagues or friends
  • Never click on hyperlinks in emails received from unknown sources
  • Protecting your password
    • Never share your password with anyone
    • Never send your password via email
    • Make your password as strong as possible.

Further information about online protection is provided by the Australian Government at Stay Smart Online External link icon.

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Page last updated: 23 Nov 2011