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Fair Work Ombudsman

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The Fair Work Ombudsman is an independent statutory office created by the Fair Work Act 2009.

Functions include promoting harmonious, productive and cooperative workplace relations and ensuring compliance with Commonwealth workplace laws.

The Fair Work Ombudsman:

  • offers people a single point of contact for them to get accurate and timely advice and information about Australia�s workplace relations system
  • educate people working in Australia about their workplace rights and obligations
  • investigate complaints or suspected contraventions of workplace laws, awards and agreements
  • litigate to enforce workplace laws and deter people from doing wrong in the community.

The Fair Work Ombudsman does not investigate unfair dismissal complaints. Contact Fair Work Commission for help with unfair dismissal.

The Fair Work Ombudsman also manages Fair Work Online - a gateway to workplace laws in Australia.

Although governed separately, the day-to-day operations of the Fair Work Ombudsman integrate with Fair Work Commission, Australia's independent tribunal on Commonwealth workplace laws.