Our policies

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How we do our work

Policies and guidance notes

Guidance notes and policies are our interpretations of the laws we enforce and internal policies and procedures we have in place.

FWO Guidance Note 7 was finalised after public consultation.

Our Compliance and enforcement policy has replaced Guidance notes 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8. Go to the Compliance and enforcement policy page for more information.

Our Media Policy (DOCX 136.6KB)   (PDF 240.7KB) explains why and how we engage with the media.

Our Information Access Policy has replaced Guidance note 2. Go to the Accessing our information page for more information.

Regulator Performance Framework Key Performance Indicators

The Australian Government released the Regulator Performance Framework (the Framework) as part of 2014 Spring Repeal Day on 22 October 2014. The Framework is an important part of the government's commitment to reducing the cost of unnecessary or inefficient regulation imposed on individuals, business and community organisations by at least $1 billion a year. 

Read more about the Framework, and see how we've performed against the Key Performance Indicators, on the Regulator Performance Framework page

Legislative instruments and delegations

Legislative instruments and delegations outline the powers and responsibilities of certain individuals within FWO.

Procedures for handling suspected breaches of the code of conduct

This sets out how we:

  • handle breaches of the Australia Public Service code of conduct
  • decide on the sanctions (if any), when an employee breaches the code of conduct.

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Who we work with 

We work with many different government agencies, employer and employee organisations and various authorities to promote and enforce compliance with workplace laws.

If during the course of our work we become aware of situations or issues that may be relevant to another government agency or authority, we may refer that information to the appropriate agency or authority. For example, we have an agreement with the Department of Home Affairs external-icon.png about visa protections for migrant workers in some circumstances. See Visa holders & migrants for more information. 

If we identify issues that may be criminal in nature, we refer this information to the Australian Federal Police using a set referral process external-icon.png. For example, this may occur if we :

  • are investigating a matter and we identify that there may be suspected people trafficking involved, or
  • identify breaches of the Fair Work Act 2009 that are criminal offences, such as when an employer or employee organisation gives, receives or solicits bribes. For more information about these offences, visit the Registered Organisation Commission's corrupting benefits page external-icon.png.

Sometimes our agreement to work with another organisation is formalised through a Memorandum of Understanding.

Memorandums of Understanding

Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) are created between us and other organisations. These are made publically available with permission from the other organisation and are provided below. 

Australian Defence Force

Australian Hotels Assocation

Australian Security Industries Association Limited

Department of Immigration and Citizenship

Fair Work Agencies

Recruitment and Consulting Services Association

Regulation and Contract Management, South Australian Department of State Development

Restaurant and Catering Association

Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority

Relationship reports

We work closely with other organisations to achieve joint priorities.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission

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Accessing our information 

This is our policy on accessing information that we hold.

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Visit the Accessing our information page for more information about accessing information under the Information Access Policy.

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Privacy Policy

This is our policy on dealing with personal information.

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Visit the Privacy page for more information on privacy when using our website.

Legal professional privilege policy

This is a guide on how we deal with claims for Legal Professional Privilege.

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Procedures for handling public interest disclosures

This sets out how we handle public interest disclosures.

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For further information about making a public interest disclosure, or if you’d like to contact an officer authorised to receive public interest disclosures, email PublicInterestDisclosure@fwo.gov.au

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Diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion strategy

Our Diversity and inclusion strategy sets out how we will achieve our goals to:

  • ensure access and opportunity for all
  • increase awareness through training and sharing our experiences
  • drive and exemplify an inclusive, flexible and collaborative workplace.

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Multicultural Access and Equity Action Plan

Our Multicultural Access and Equity Action Plan ensures that everyone who deals with us gets equal access to our services, including people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

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Gender Equality Action Plan

Our Gender Equality Action Plan sets out how we will embed gender equality across our agency.

We will strive to:

  • drive a culture where gender equality is valued and considered in planning and decision making
  • achieve greater gender equality in senior leadership (EL2 and above)
  • increase the take-up of flexibility arrangements amongst all employees
  • incorporate measurement and evaluation of our progress into current reporting and communicate progress to the agency annually.

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Reconciliation Action Plan

Our Reconciliation action plan sets out how we will:

  • build and support a culturally diverse and inclusive workforce, which understands and appreciates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture
  • ensure our approach to delivering workplace relations service and advice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, employers and employees will be culturally relevant, respectful and inclusive.

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