Fair Work Information Statement To Help Create Better Australian Workplaces

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Media Release

   3rd Dec 2009

Fair Work Information Statement to help create

better Australian workplaces

Australian workers now have a new tool to help them better understand their

workplace rights.

A Fair Work Information Statement (FWIS) has been released by the federal Fair

Work Ombudsman.

Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson says the statement aims to assist

employees to understand their minimum entitlements and other workplace issues.

“From January 1 next year, employers must provide a copy of the FWIS to all new

employees either before, or as soon as possible after, they start work,” he said.

“It is a two-page document which provides basic information for workers on

matters that will affect their employment and points to where they can find out


The Fair Work Act requires the Fair Work Ombudsman to publish a Fair Work

Information Statement explaining key aspects of Australia’s national workplace

relation system.

The Act provides a safety net of fair, relevant and enforceable minimum

employment terms and conditions through the National Employment Standards

(NES) that will come into effect on January 1, 2010.

The statement covers the following topics:

Minimum entitlements under the NES

Modern Awards


Individual flexibility arrangements

Freedom of association and protection from discrimination

Termination of employment, including redundancy and other dismissals,

Union right of entry into workplaces, and

The role of the Fair Work Ombudsman and Fair Work Australia.

The Fair Work Information Statement can be downloaded from Fair Work Online

Mr Wilson says that with less than a month before important workplace relations

changes take place, Fair Work Online has been updated to assist employers and

employees alike with helpful information.

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A new-look Fair Work Online Homepage links web users directly to information on

four key areas – the Fair Work Information Statement, the National Employment

Standards, Modern Awards and Flexible Working Arrangements.

The Fair Work Ombudsman is an independent, statutory agency responsible for

educating employers and employees about workplace rights and obligations,

ensuring compliance with workplace laws and where appropriate, commencing

proceedings for contraventions.

Information is also available from the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 from 8am to

6pm weekdays. 

Media inquiries: 

Craig Bildstien, Director Media & Stakeholder Relations  0419 818 484 Email:


Ryan Pedler: Mob: 0434 365 924; Email: ryan.pedler@fwo.gov.au

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