Ombudsman or Commission – what’s Fair Work difference?

We regularly have conversations with members, students and clients about the Fair Work Commission and the Fair Work Ombudsman. It’s become apparent that the two are often confused, so here’s the scoop!

While both are responsible for making Australia a fair place to work, they play different roles and are separate organisations.

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) enforces compliance with the Fair Work Act, related legislation, awards and registered agreements. FWO also help employees and employers by providing advice, education and assistance on workplace rights and obligations.

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) on the other hand is the national workplace relations tribunal. They help resolve disputes at work, create awards, approve enterprise agreements and review the minimum wage. People can lodge applications for unfair dismissal and general protections with them, as well as apply for orders to stop bullying or sexual harassment.

People often mix the two organisation up, which is fair. We hope this helps to aid any confusion.

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