Information publication scheme

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 establishes an Information Publication Scheme (IPS). The IPS requires us to publish certain information online. This information is provided below.

Agency Plan

Our IPS Agency Plan describes how we intend to implement and administer the IPS.

IPS Agency Plan (PDF 667.6KB)

Who we are

We are an agency, established by the Fair Work Act 2009, responsible for providing education, assistance and advice about the national workplace relations system. We are also responsible for impartially enforcing compliance with the Fair Work Act and Fair Work instruments.

You can find more information about who we are at:

What we do

Our functions

We are responsible for promoting harmonious, productive and cooperative workplace relations. We provide education, assistance and advice to workplace participants. This promotes compliance with the Fair Work Act and Fair Work instruments.

We also monitor compliance with, and investigate contraventions of, the Fair Work Act and Fair Work instruments. We can start court proceedings or make an application to the Fair Work Commission to enforce the Fair Work Act, Fair Work instruments and safety net contractual entitlements.

We will represent employees who are, or may be, in court or before the Fair Work Commission under the Fair Work Act or a Fair Work instrument. We do this if we believe it will promote compliance with the Fair Work Act or a Fair Work instrument.

Our decision making powers

We have decision making powers under:

  • Commonwealth workplace laws, including the Fair Work Act and related legislation
  • The Independent Contractors Act 2006 and associated regulations
  • The Freedom of Information Act 1982
  • The Privacy Act 1988.

Annual reports

Annual reports

Information routinely provided to Federal Parliament

Harradine Report

Departmental file listing 

Murray Motion Order

Reporting to parliament

Routinely requested information

We publish information that we routinely give access to because of freedom of information requests. We monitor these requests to work out what we can make available in the future.

Our Disclosure Log shows what information we have released for freedom of information requests.

Freedom of information contact details

Email: foi@fwo.gov.au

Postal address:

Customer Feedback and Information Access Team
Fair Work Ombudsman
GPO Box 9887
Melbourne VIC 3001

Operational information

Guidance notes 

FWO – Delegation of Powers (DOCX 134.4KB)  (PDF 924.4KB)

FWO – Direction to Fair Work Inspectors (DOCX 128.4KB)  (PDF 212.8KB)

FWO – General Authorisation to Consent to Litigation (DOCX 126.4KB)  (PDF 169.3KB)

FWO – Delegation of Paid Parental Leave Act Powers (DOCX 25.1KB) (PDF 275.9KB)

Fair Work Inspectors’ Powers

Online tools

Pay Calculator

Leave Calculator

Notice and Redundancy Calculator

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Customer service charter

Customer service charter

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