The FWO is an independent agency created by the Fair Work Act 2009 on 1 July 2009. Our main role is to promote harmonious, productive and cooperative workplace relations.
The FWO employs a number of strategies to achieve compliance with national workplace laws. This includes entering into compliance partnerships underpinned by Proactive Compliance Deeds with employers. A Deed is an opportunity for businesses to work with the FWO in a positive and constructive manner and achieve sustainable monitoring arrangements so as to demonstrate commitment to ‘fair Australian workplaces’ and build a culture of compliance.
Employers may seek to enter into a partnership with the FWO for a variety of reasons. Some of these reasons include:
- ensuring its obligations under the Act are being met
- a method of identifying and minimising business risks with respect to its employees
- to demonstrate that it is a fair Australian workplace and potentially an employer of choice
- to address potential areas of non-compliance with the Act.
A range of activities can be utilised to assist the business meet the intended outcomes of the deed, for example, self-auditing of wages and record keeping, initiatives to engage with employees to improve compliance, and mutually beneficial improvements to employment and business outcomes by focussing on supply chain, brand and franchise relationships.
A business that enters into a deed with the FWO is assigned a dedicated Fair Work Officer who provides support and assistance to the business to ensure they are able to meet the outcomes of the Deed.
A publicly available report is published at the conclusion of each partnership.
For further information and media enquiries please contact FWO media (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you would like further information about compliance partnerships please contact Steve Ronson, Executive Director – Communications (email@example.com).