The Fair Work Commission has established user groups to facilitate an exchange of views and provide a two-way communication forum between the Commission and key stakeholders.
The Small Business Reference Group was established to enable small businesses and their representatives to provide ongoing feedback to the Commission on the Commission’s processes and procedures, including information resources.
The group’s membership consists of Justice Ross, President of the Commission (Chair) and Deputy President Clancy, Termination of Employment Practice Leader (Deputy Chair) as well as representatives of the broader small business community, including government, advisers to small business and industrial associations with small business membership.
The first meeting for the group took place on Thursday, 2 May 2019 in Melbourne, with videolinks to other states.
The membership of the Legal Profession Reference Group consists of Justice Ross, President of the Commission, and national law firms who frequently appear in matters before the Commission.
The Employment Termination User Group was established to provide a forum for the exchange of views from key users regarding the case management practices established for dealing with unfair dismissal applications under Part 3-2 of the Fair Work Act 2009.
The group is led by the Head of the Termination of Employment Panel, and comprises representatives from national bodies whose affiliates or members represent applicants and/or respondents in unfair dismissal matters before the Commission. It is anticipated that the group will meet quarterly in Melbourne.
The New Approaches User Group was established 2016 to provide a forum for managers and union officials who are involved in New Approaches files to share experiences with each other and provide feedback to the Commission about the New Approaches program.
The group is chaired by the leader of the New Approaches program and meets once or twice a year in workshop style at the invitation of the chair.