Our role and purpose

Important information for the building and construction industry

From 10 November 2022, there are changes to who regulates the commercial building and construction industry. Find out more at Important information for the building and construction industry.

Our purpose is to promote harmonious, productive, cooperative and compliant workplace relations in Australia.

Our functions

Our functions outline the responsibilities we have as set by the Fair Work Act 2009 to achieve our purpose:

  • provide education, assistance, advice and guidance to employers, employees, outworkers, outworker entities and organisations
  • promote and monitor compliance with workplace laws
  • inquire into and investigate breaches of the Fair Work Act
  • take appropriate enforcement action
  • perform our statutory functions efficiently, effectively, economically and ethically.

Download a copy of the FWO Purpose.

Supporting documents

We have a number of policies, guides and plans which support how we work towards achieving our purpose and functions:

Additional supporting policies that inform the work we do are available on Our policies page.