Fair Work Information Statement

A Full Federal Court decision handed down on 21 August 2019 confirmed the method of accruing and taking paid personal/carer’s leave under the National Employment Standards. We've updated the Fair Work Information Statement to reflect this decision. As applications have been made to the High Court seeking special leave to appeal the decision, the FWO will review its advice at the conclusion of those proceedings, and you may wish to seek your own advice. Find out more about the decision.

Employers have to give every new employee a copy of the Fair Work Information Statement (the Statement) before, or as soon as possible after, they start their new job.

The Statement provides new employees with information about their conditions of employment.

The Statement has information on:

  • the National Employment Standards
  • right to request flexible working arrangements
  • modern awards
  • making agreements under the Fair Work Act 2009
  • individual flexibility arrangements
  • freedom of association and workplace rights (general protections)
  • termination of employment
  • right of entry
  • the role of the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Fair Work Commission.

Providing the Statement

The Statement can be given to new employees:

  • in person
  • by mail
  • by email
  • by emailing a link to our website
  • by fax.

You can download the Fair Work Information Statement (DOCX 63.1KB)  (PDF 105.6KB).

Source reference: Fair Work Act 2009 s.125 external-icon.png

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Check out our Help resolving workplace issues section for practical advice on:

  • figuring out if a mistake has been made
  • talking to your employer or employee about fixing it
  • getting help from us if you can't resolve it.

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