Our regulatory priorities
During 2023-24, we will prioritise underpayments and workplace protections in a number of sectors.
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During 2023-24, we will prioritise underpayments and workplace protections in the following sectors:
- building and construction
- fast food, restaurants and cafés
- large corporates and universities.
We confirm our enduring commitment to prioritise small business employers and employees and vulnerable or ‘at risk’ workers.
We continue to focus on matters that:
- are of significant public interest
- demonstrate a blatant disregard for the law
- are of significant scale, impact on workers or the community, or
- can provide guidance on the application of the law.
The Fair Work Ombudsman’s purpose is to promote harmonious, productive, cooperative and compliant workplace relations in Australia. Our functions include:
- providing education, advice and assistance
- promoting and monitoring compliance with workplace laws
- investigating breaches of the law
- taking appropriate enforcement action.
We perform these functions in a variety of ways, including:
- undertaking targeted proactive compliance and education work
- responding to requests for assistance, emerging issues reported through the media (or other external sources) and self-reported non-compliance
- implementing new funding measures.
There is an element of discretion in how we allocate resources to undertake our proactive and responsive activities. Our annual regulatory priorities provide a framework through which we prioritise this resource allocation.
Our regulatory priorities focus on industries that are at significant risk of non-compliance and emerging issues that are of considerable public interest and concern. We also prioritise cohorts who, for a variety of reasons, are identified as requiring additional assistance, vulnerable or ‘at risk’ workers.
Download our 2023-24 regulatory priorities.