Speeches

The Fair Work Ombudsman delivers speeches at various industrial relations events and conferences. Here you’ll find links to transcripts of some of these speeches.

2014

2 April 2014 - National HR Summit

In her speech, Natalie James shares her insights as the Fair Work Ombudsman and explains her Agency’s role in promoting harmonious, productive and cooperative workplaces.

2013

28 November 2013 - Australian Industry Group National Employment Conference

In her speech, Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James details the Agency’s commitment to being an engaged and balanced regulator and outlines initiatives for supporting small business operators.

6 May 2013 - National PIR Group Conference

In his speech, Acting Fair Work Ombudsman Michael Campbell shared some insights of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s current compliance and enforcement approach.

Speeches by the previous Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson

Nicholas Wilson (the previous Fair Work Ombudsman) also delivered a number of speeches. You can find transcripts of some of his speeches here.

22 February 2013 - Aitken Workplace Forum

In his speech, Nicholas Wilson highlighted some common excuses employers use for underpaying staff and outlined measures employers can take to prevent non-compliance problems arising.

2012

16 November 2012 - Australian Defence Force Australian Command and Staff Course

In his speech addressing the Australia Command and Staff College, Nicholas Wilson provided his views on effective leadership and managing a workforce.

He also discussed private sector workplace issues and how they can relate to the Defence Force.

2 November 2012 - Aitken Legal Workplace Forum

In his speech, the Fair Work Ombudsman, Nicholas Wilson, expressed his view on major compliance issues for employers and dealing with the Fair Work Ombudsman.

18 October 2012 - Industrial Relations Commission NSW Annual Members Conference

The Fair Work Ombudsman litigation policy in practice.

30 April 2012 - AiGroup and National Personnel Industrial Relations Conference

In his speech to the AiGroup and National Personnel Industrial Relations Conference, Nicholas Wilson talked about our work with medium to large sized businesses, referencing the Pro-active Compliance Deed with Spotless Services Ltd.

He also encouraged innovation and productivity improvements, but warned businesses that these ‘should not be at the expense of individual’s rights’.

5 March 2012 - Industrial Relations Summit

In his speech to the Industrial Relations Summit in Sydney, the Fair Work Ombudsman talked about what we do, what we focus on and what you can expect from us, as well as our plans for the next few years.

2011

8 October 2011 - Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association National Convention

‘Two Years Navigation and Land Within Sight?’

At his speech to the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association National Convention, titled ‘Two Years Navigation and Land Within Sight?’, the Fair Work Ombudsman discussed minimum wage legislation and related investigations and litigation.

22 July 2011 - Television Education Network’s 4th Annual Employment Law Conference

In a speech at the Television Education Network’s 4th Annual Employment Law Conference, the Fair Work Ombudsman, Nick Wilson spoke about how employers can best deal with the Fair Work Ombudsman, how we encourage compliance with workplace laws, and our commitment to co-operative and productive workplace relations.

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Page last updated: 02 Apr 2014