Speeches by the Fair Work Ombudsman and senior staff

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3 June 2019 - Australian Industry Group PIR Conference

In her speech, Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker announced the regulator’s 2019-20 priorities and spoke about its strong approach to non-compliance.

In 2019-20, the FWO’s priority industries and issues are:

  • Fast food, restaurants and cafes
  • Horticulture and the harvest trail
  • Supply chain risks
  • Franchisors
  • Sham contracting.

In addition to its ongoing focus on vulnerable workers, these priorities will direct the agency’s compliance work and enforcement outcomes, and will be targeted in an effort to create sustainable behavioural change. Every year, the Fair Work Ombudsman will determine its priorities and align them with its program of proactive compliance and enforcement.

Ms Parker also outlined a stronger approach for the FWO to its use of enforcement tools, with a bigger role for compliance notices to address underpayment contraventions, and enforceable undertakings for businesses that self-report non-compliant behaviour.

You can read the full speech in the address to Australian Industry Group PIR Conference (DOCX 31KB) (PDF 584.4KB).

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