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The information on this website is general in nature. If you’re unsure about how it applies to your situation you can call us on 13 13 94 or speak with a union, industry association or workplace relations professional.

Visitors are warned that this site may inadvertently have names or pictures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have recently died.

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Links to external websites

We link to external sites for your convenience. We are selective about which external sites we link to, but we don’t endorse external sites including any material at those sites, or any related organisations, product or service. When following links to other websites, we encourage you to examine the copyright, privacy and disclaimer notices on those websites.

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Website security

We use a range of security controls to protect our website from unauthorised access. However, users should be aware that the World Wide Web is an insecure public network that:

  • gives rise to a potential risk that a user’s transactions are being watched, captured or changed by third parties or
  • that files the user downloads may have computer viruses, disabling codes, worms or other devices or defects.

The Commonwealth Government accepts no liability for any interference or damage to a user’s computer system, software or data occurring in connection with or relating to this web site or its use. Users are encouraged to take appropriate and adequate precautions to ensure that whatever is selected from this site is free of viruses or other contamination that may interfere with or damage the user’s computer system, software or data. Where connection to system or website outside our control compromises our website, we will sever links to that website or system.

You should report any suspicious or unauthorised activity relating to your use of our site by contacting us on 13 13 94.

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Increasing your safety online

To protect your computer you should:

  • install and activate security software on your computer
  • ensure your security software includes anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall and anti-spam filter
  • run regular scans of your computer for viruses
  • remember to update your security software to ensure you are always running the current version.

Other steps you should take to help protect your computer include:

  • check your Internet browser's security settings for ways to make your browsing more secure
  • do not open email attachments if you do not know the sender
  • only download files from reputable Internet sites
  • be wary when exchanging files with colleagues or friends
  • never click on hyperlinks in emails received from unknown sources
  • protecting your password:
    • never share your password with anyone
    • never send your password via email
    • make your password as strong as possible.

Further information about online protection is provided by the 

Australian Government at Stay Smart Online external-icon.png

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My account terms and conditions

By registering for a Fair Work Ombudsman account with My account, you agree to the terms and conditions below and any other terms, conditions and disclaimers displayed elsewhere on www.fairwork.gov.au.

  • The information that you have provided through My account membership is true and correct.
  • You are solely responsible for the activity that occurs on your account, and you must keep your account password secure. You must notify us of any breach of security or unauthorised use of your account.
  • If you agree to receive news and information as part of your registration, we will periodically contact you with relevant information. Please read our Privacy statements.
  • We may at any time terminate your My account membership without prior notice to you if for any reason we, in our sole discretion, deem appropriate.
  • By becoming a My account member you acknowledge that any content saved on your account may be monitored by us. We reserve the right to, at any time, modify or delete any content saved on a member’s account for any reason that we, in our sole discretion, deem appropriate.

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Newsletter commenting terms and conditions

We encourage you to participate in public discussion through our comments function. Please help us create a friendly and helpful discussion.

All comments are pre-moderated by staff before they are published. This means that all comments are checked before they are published. Comments will be regularly updated throughout the day but there may be a delay before your contribution appears on the site. Please consider these terms of use for information about what we will and won’t publish.

When making comments, please remember to give everyone a fair go. Discretion is a good rule of thumb. If it is something you would not say at work or school, please do not post it on our page. Inappropriate comments will be removed, and we ask that you respect the privacy of others when posting on our page.

And a word of caution for yourself: did you know making comments on social media about your employer and your workplace - even if you don’t name names - can be against the terms of your employment contract? Take extra care. Most importantly, do not use this page to make a workplace complaint. If you think a mistake has been made in your workplace, check out our Help for resolving workplace issues section.

Comments that are sexist, racist, offensive and defamatory will be rejected.

Comments will also be rejected if they:

  • are bullying
  • are discriminatory
  • are illegal or potentially illegal
  • are fraudulent
  • are misleading
  • are spam or advertising
  • relate to a formal workplace investigation or legal matter
  • contain personal details or sensitive information
  • link to any non-government page.

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Newsletter commenting disclaimer

The views expressed in comments on this site are those of the individual sender. Views expressed by anyone other than the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) are not the views of the FWO and the FWO disclaims all liability for those views. We reserve the right to remove posts at its sole discretion.


We may use personal information in accordance with our Privacy Statement. Visit our Privacy section for more information.

Please note that this website is a public page and any comment you make on the page may be visible to others.

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