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About the Fair Work Ombudsman

The FWO is an independent statutory agency, created by the FW Act on 1 July 2009.

The FWO supports compliant, productive and inclusive Australian workplaces. The FWO ensures compliance with Australia’s workplace laws by:

  • offering people a single point of contact to receive accurate and timely advice and information about Australia’s workplace relations system
  • educating people working in Australia about their workplace rights and obligations
  • monitoring compliance with, inquiring into and investigating any act or practice that may be contrary to workplace laws, awards and agreements
  • enforcing workplace laws and to deter people from not complying with their workplace responsibilities.

Further Information

The FWO has a range of resources and publications for employers and employees on our website at, including our Strategic Intent and Compliance and Enforcement Policy which explains how we approach fulfilling our role.

For more information about this report or our current compliance and enforcement activities, please email Lynda McAlary-Smith, Executive Director Compliance and Enforcement, at

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