The FWO’s strategic approach to regulating labour supply chains is based on the regulator using four interconnected levers in order to proactively influence behaviour change. Those levers are:
- Market structures – where we work with businesses to better understand the cost pressures facing labour supply chain participants within a particular market. This information enables us to gather intelligence and map industry sectors so as to identify the drivers of non-compliance and then provide businesses with support tools which promote a culture of compliance.
- Environmental settings – by exploring the specific cultural, physical and location factors that labour supply chain participants operate within, we are able to collaborate with community groups, employer and employee associations as well as government agencies to influence compliant behaviours.
- Legal - utilising the compliance and enforcement provisions contained within the FW Act as well as the means available to other regulators (under their respective authorising statutory and regulatory regimes) so as to enhance deterrence and ensure compliance.
- Brand reputation – by leveraging brand profile, the FWO is able to highlight compliance outcomes in the public domain so as to improve transparency and accountability within a labour supply chain.
Applying all four levers enables the FWO to identify and address the causes of non-compliance within the relevant labour supply chains and help build a culture of compliance.