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About the Fair Work Ombudsman

The FWO is an independent statutory agency, created by the 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
  • litigating to enforce workplace laws and to deter people from not complying with their workplace responsibilities.

Further information

For media enquiries, email

Check out our Strategic Intent and Compliance and enforcement policy on our website.

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