The Fair Work Commission (the Commission) is Australia’s national workplace relations tribunal.
The Fair Work Act empowers the Commission to:
- resolve unfair dismissal claims
- make orders to stop or prevent bullying at work
- deal with general protections claims
- set the national minimum wage and minimum wages in modern awards
- create, review and vary modern awards
- approve enterprise agreements
- assist the bargaining process for enterprise agreements
- assist with the resolution of industrial disputes, and
- determine applications for right of entry permits.
The knowledge and experience of Commission Members is also available to Australian workplaces to resolve disputes and support workplace bargaining.
From 1 July 2013 the Commission’s statutory function was amended to include the function to promote cooperative and productive workplace relations and prevent disputes.
The Registered Organisations Act confers functions upon the Commission and the General Manager in relation to registered organisations of employers and employees.
The Commission’s staff also provide assistance and support to the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT), which is an independent tribunal established under the Road Safety Remuneration Act 2012 (RSR Act).
The Commission is required by legislation to perform its functions and exercise its powers in a manner that:
- is fair and just
- is quick, informal and avoids unnecessary technicalities
- is open and transparent, and
- promotes harmonious and cooperative workplace relations.
The Commission is committed to an ongoing change program called Future Directions to improve our performance and the quality of services provided. This program includes initiatives grouped under four key themes:
- promoting fairness and improving access
- efficiency and innovation
- increasing accountability, and
- productivity and engaging with industry.
The initiatives are directed at ensuring that the Commission fulfils its role as an accessible, fair, efficient and accountable national institution that responds appropriately to change and continually improves the services delivered to the community. For more information on the successful completion of the first phase of our Future Directions program and the subsequent implementation of the second phase of Future Directions see Our future direction.