Information publication scheme

Learn about the Fair Work Ombudsman’s Information publication scheme and see what information has been published.

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

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

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 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.

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


Postal address:

Governance and Information Management Team
Fair Work Ombudsman
GPO Box 9887
Melbourne VIC 3001

Operational information

Our policies

FWO – Delegation of Powers under the FW Act 

FWO – Direction to Fair Work Inspectors 

FWO – General Authorisation to Consent to Litigation 

FWO – Delegation of Paid Parental Leave Act Powers 

Powers of Fair Work Inspectors

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Customer service charter

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