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New Fair Work appointments

Three new Fair Work appointments have been announced: the Fair Work Ombudsman, the Director of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate and a Deputy President of the Fair Work Commission.

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Three new Fair Work appointments were announced on Friday 12 July: the Fair Work Ombudsman, the Director of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate and a Deputy President of the Fair Work Commission.

Fair Work Ombudsman
 
The new Fair Work Ombudsman is Natalie James, commencing a five-year term from 15 July this year.
 
Ms James is currently a senior manager in the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). She has previously been the Chief Counsel, Workplace Relations in DEEWR and has worked in senior roles at the Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman.
 
Director of the Fair Work Building Inspectorate
 
Deputy President Val Gostencnik has been appointed Director of the Fair Work Building Inspectorate from 5 August this year, for a five-year term.
 
Deputy President Gostencnik has ‘… over 30 years workplace relations experience, including having worked at a national construction and civil engineering company’ said Minister for Workplace Relations, Bill Shorten. He was previously a Partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, heading their Workplace Relations practice group.
 
FWC Deputy President
 
Minister Shorten also announced the appointment of John Kovacic as a Deputy President of the Fair Work Commission from 12 August this year.
 
Mr Kovacic has most recently held the role of Deputy Secretary of Workplace Relations at the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) since 2008.
 
AMMA: structural concerns
 
The resource industry employer group AMMA (Australian Mines and Metals Association) welcomed Mr Kovacic’s appointment in a media release, while expressing concern that his appointment brings a 1:1 ratio to the number of presidential and commissioner roles — 23 each.
 
‘With 23 commissioner roles and 23 presidential roles, there are simply too many Chiefs and not enough Indians at the Fair Work Commission. This has the business community concerned’, AMMA Chief Executive Steve Knott said.

AMMA has also been a consistent critic of the lack of commission appointees with private sector business experience. Eighteen out of 27 appointees to the federal industrial tribunal under the current Labor Government have had trade union backgrounds or ALP affiliations.
 
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