Media enquiries should be directed to:
Media & communications team
Fair Work Commission
Mobile: 0427 097 628
The Fair Work Commission’s media guide provides media representatives with the key information they require when reporting on matters before the Commission. The document provides guidance and information on the processes for obtaining information, some tips for reporting on the Commission and other useful details that might be helpful to media representatives when covering matters before or relating to the Commission.
Information commonly sought by the media includes:
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Note: The use of television and still cameras and other electronic equipment in Commission proceedings is at the discretion of the Commission Member or Members involved.
Journalists may cover proceedings of the Commission held in public (ie public hearings), but not private conferences. In general, Commission proceedings are public if the hearing room door is open and private if the door is closed.
To use television or still cameras or any other electronic equipment in a Commission hearing room you must have the permission of the Member hearing the matter, or in the case of a Full Bench, the presiding Member.
Media are asked to make such requests by contacting the Manager Media & Communications or the associate of the relevant Member.
Journalists may take notes in public proceedings, but sketching and the use of audio recorders (for note-taking or broadcast) is only permitted in hearing rooms with the permission of the Commission Member concerned.
As with requests for camera access, media are asked to seek permission for the use of such equipment through the Manager Media & Communications or the associate of the relevant Member.
The following rules relate to the acceptable use of mobile devices during Commission conferences and hearings.
Mobile devices can include mobile phones, smart phones and tablets.
The Commission provides free guest wi-fi in all Commission offices, including hearing rooms and conference rooms. Please read the Guest wi-fi service terms & conditions before accessing the service.
Media are permitted to use public areas outside hearing rooms for interviews and mobile phone conversations – provided they do not interfere with the work of the Commission.
Cameras may also be used in such areas – provided those being photographed or filmed do not object, and there is no interference with the work of the Commission.
Commission hearing rooms not in session may not be used for any media activities unless arrangements have been made through the Manager Media & Communications or the relevant Commission state manager.