Fair Work Australia - now Fair Work Commission

Fair Work Australia (FWA) was the national workplace relations tribunal which came into operation on 1 July 2009. FWA replaced the previous Australian Industrial Relations Commission, but also carried out a range of functions relating to: the safety net of minimum wages and employment conditions; enterprise bargaining; industrial action; dispute resolution; termination of employment; and other workplace matters.

Fair Work Australia (FWA) was the national workplace relations tribunal which came into operation on 1 July 2009. It has been supeseded by the Fair Work Commission (FWC).

FWA replaced the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, but also carried out a range of functions relating to:
  • the safety net of minimum wages and employment conditions
  • enterprise bargaining
  • industrial action
  • dispute resolution
  • termination of employment
  • other workplace matters.
FWA was an independent body.
 
Wage setting
 
The wage-setting function was undertaken by FWA. FWA conducted an annual review of the standard Federal Minimum Wage and minimum wage rates of modern awards.
 

Fair Work Ombudsman
 
The Fair Work Ombudsman has powers to investigate workplace complaints, including discrimination against employees, and to enforce compliance with the Fair Work legislation.
 
The Fair Work Act 2009 provides that take-home pay orders can be made by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) when there is more than a minor or insignificant reduction in a worker’s pay because of award modernisation.
 
Websites
 
Several websites have been set up to assist the FWC in carrying out its functions, including for the Fair Work Ombudsman and Fair Work Online, which provides information and advice on the Fair Work system.
 
The websites are:


 

 

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