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.
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 (FW Act), responsible for providing education, assistance and advice about the national workplace relations system. We are also responsible for impartially enforcing compliance with the FW Act and Fair Work instruments.
You can find more information about who we are at:
What we do
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 FW Act and Fair Work instruments.
We also monitor compliance with, and investigate contraventions of, the FW Act and Fair Work instruments. We can start court proceedings or make an application to the Fair Work Commission to enforce the FW 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 FW Act or a Fair Work instrument. We do this if we believe it will promote compliance with the FW Act or a Fair Work instrument.
Our decision making powers
We have decision making powers under:
- Commonwealth workplace laws, including the FW Act and related legislation
- The Independent Contractors Act 2006 and associated regulations
- The Freedom of Information Act 1982
- The Privacy Act 1988.
Information routinely provided to Federal Parliament
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
Customer Feedback and Information Access Team
Fair Work Ombudsman
GPO Box 9887
Melbourne VIC 3001
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
Notice and Redundancy Calculator
Customer service charter
Customer service charter
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