Date posted: 21/07/2020

Fair Work Ombudsman supporting workplaces through COVID-19

The FWO undertakes a mix of proactive and reactive regulatory work

In brief

  • Supporting workplaces through COVID-19 is a main priority
  • Compliance and enforcement work to be informed by economic conditions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Employers and employees can visit fairwork.gov.au

he Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has launched their priorities and approach for 2020-21.

In 2020-21, supporting workplaces through the COVID-19 pandemic and the recovery stages will be the FWO’s main priority. They have also noted that large corporate underpayments, the fast food, restaurant and café and horticulture sectors, Franchise arrangements and sham contracting will be a focus of the regulator’s compliance and enforcement activities during the upcoming period. 

"Our compliance and enforcement work will be informed by the dramatically changed economic conditions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the temporary amendments to the Fair Work Act,” Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker.

The FWO undertakes a mix of proactive and reactive regulatory work and their approach for 2020-21 continues by providing: 

  • education, advice, tools and resources 
  • support for small business and those sectors hardest hit by COVID-19
  • upholding the integrity of the JobKeeper scheme 
  • priority to vulnerable workers. 

For more information on the FWO’s priorities for 2020-21 including their compliance and enforcement policy refer to the FWO website.

Employers and employees can visit www.fairwork.gov.au or call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 for free advice and assistance about their rights and obligations in the workplace.