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01: Entity overview

The Fair Work Ombudsman and Registered Organisations Commission Entity comprises two independent government bodies:

  • the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO), created by the Fair Work Act 2009 (Fair Work Act)
  • the Registered Organisations Commission (ROC), established under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Act 2016, which began operating on 1 May 2017.

Outcome and planned performance

Fair Work Ombudsman

Outcome 1 - Compliance with workplace relations legislation by employees and employers through advice, education and, where necessary, enforcement.

Program 1.1 - Education services and compliance activities deliverables

  • Provide information, advice and education on the requirements and flexibilities of workplace laws to foster voluntary compliance.
  • Investigate claims regarding alleged breaches of workplace laws and undertake targeted activities.
  • Litigate, where necessary, to enforce compliance with workplace laws.

Registered Organisations Commission

Outcome 2 - Effective governance and financial transparency of registered employee and employer organisations, through regulation, investigation and appropriate enforcement.

Program 2.1 - Registered Organisations Commission deliverables

  • Conduct inquiries and investigations into breaches of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009.
  • Commence legal proceedings in respect of contraventions of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009.
  • Refer possible criminal offences to the Director of Public Prosecutions or law enforcement agencies.
  • Arrange registered organisations’ elections.
  • Receive complaints from members of registered organisations.
  • Provide information to members of registered organisations about their rights.
  • Educate registered organisations about their obligations.

Entity structure

Figure 1: FWO and ROC Entity organisation structure as at 30 June 2018*

Figure 1: FWO and ROC Entity organisation chart 2018

*Sandra Parker was appointed on 15 July 2018, with Natalie James occupying the position of the Fair Work Ombudsman prior to that date. Sandra Parker, the Fair Work Ombudsman, is the agency head for the purposes of the Public Service Act 1999 and is the accountable authority for the purposes of finance laws.

Note: Reporting lines as per accountable authority instructions. The Registered Organisations Commission comprises the Registered Organisations Commissioner, Mark Bielecki, and staff assisting the Commissioner who are APS employees employed by the FWO.