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About the Fair Work Ombudsman

The FWO is an independent statutory agency, created by the Fair Work Act 2009 (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:

  • ooffering 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.

For further information and media enquiries please contact FWO media (

Our Strategic Intent as well as our Compliance and Enforcement Policy can be located on the Our vision page.

If you would like further information about the FWO’s compliance and enforcement activities please contact Lynda McAlary-Smith, Executive Director – Compliance and Enforcement (