Appointment to fair work Commission and Federal Court

The Hon Tony Burke MP
Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
Minister for the Arts

Mr Adam Hatcher SC has been appointed as the President of the Fair Work Commission.

Mr Hatcher has also been appointed to the Federal Court.

Mr Hatcher has provided strong leadership as Acting President of the FWC for the last three months, having been Vice President since 2013.

He brings extensive experience to the role, and I am confident he will continue to execute his duties with impartiality and diligence.

Mr Hatcher’s appointments will officially commence on 19 February 2023 at the conclusion of his current term as Acting President.

I once again thank Justice Iain Ross for his leadership of the FWC over a decade.

Mr Hatcher’s appointments will conclude at the statutory retirement age of 65 for the FWC and at the age of 70 for the Federal Court.

The Government is committed to a fair, just, transparent and balanced Commission.

Its work will be more important than ever as we progress ambitious workplace relations reforms to lift wages, improve job security and close the loopholes that are undermining pay and conditions.


Mr Adam Hatcher SC has been Vice President of the FWC since 2013 and was appointed as the Acting President on 19 November 2023 for a period of three months following the retirement of the Hon Justice Iain Ross AO. Mr Hatcher was admitted to the bar in 1997 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2010. Before then, Mr Hatcher was Chief Legal Advisor with the NSW Branch of the Transport Workers’ Union.

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