Workplace legislation

The Fair Work Ombudsman and Fair Work Australia are the central points of contact for free advice and information on Australia's workplace relations system for employers and employees.

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO)

The FWO is an independent statutory agency who:

  • educates people about their workplace rights and obligations through the FWO call centre and website;
  • investigates breaches of people’s workplace rights;
  • takes cases to Court to enforce workplace laws.

The Fair Work Ombudsman appoints Fair Work Inspectors. Inspectors are empowered to investigate possible breaches of workplace laws and enforce compliance with them. They don’t act on behalf of either employees or employers and are impartial in their investigations. The Fair Work Ombudsman can take suspected breaches of workplaces law to a federal court.

It is  your gateway to information and advice about Australia’s workplace rights and rules.

To contact the Fair Work Ombudsman call 13 13 94

Fair Work Australia (FWA)

FWA is the independent national workplace relations tribunal. It makes decisions about the national minimum wage and can create and change modern awards.

FWA hears workplace related matters initiated by individuals or organisations and makes decisions about many workplace matters, including:

  • unfair dismissal
  • industrial action
  • equal pay
  • transfer of business
  • right of entry
  • enterprise bargaining

To contact Fair Work Australia call 1300 799 675