Natalie James - the Fair Work Ombudsman
Natalie James was appointed to the position of Fair Work Ombudsman by the Governor-General for a 5 year term starting on 15 July 2013.
Under the Fair Work Act 2009 Natalie is responsible for:
- promoting harmonious, productive and cooperative workplace relations and
- ensuring compliance with Commonwealth workplace laws.
Natalie’s previous appointments
Prior to her appointment as Fair Work Ombudsman, Natalie was the State Manager of the Victorian State Office of the then Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). In this role she oversaw a range of programs and activities in Victoria for DEEWR, including early childhood, employment services, indigenous employment, education and youth. She held this position for 3 years.
Natalie had previously worked for 10 years in government in workplace relations, including in senior roles at the Fair Work Ombudsman and as Chief Counsel for workplace relations in DEEWR. During this time she led the drafting of the Fair Work legislation.
Natalie graduated from James Cook University with an Arts Law degree. She began to develop a curiosity about workplace relations while working in retail and hospitality while studying. When she was accepted as a graduate in Canberra at the then Department of Employment, Education, Science and Technology in 1996, she immediately enrolled in a Masters of Industrial Law at the Australian National University in Canberra.
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