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Fair Work Commission General Manager

About the Fair Work Commission

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) is Australia’s national workplace relations tribunal. It is an independent body that performs the functions set out in section 576 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (the Act) including:

  • providing a safety net of minimum conditions, including minimum wages in awards
  • facilitating good faith bargaining and making enterprise agreements
  • dealing with applications in relation to unfair dismissal
  • regulating how industrial action is taken
  • resolving a range of collective and individual workplace disputes through conciliation, mediation and in some cases public tribunal hearings
  • undertaking functions in connection with workplace determinations, equal remuneration, transfer of business, general workplace protections, right of entry and stand down.

The work of the FWC is carried out by FWC members, overseen by the President, with the support of administrative staff.

The FWC has a General Manager who, supported by administrative staff, assists the President in ensuring that the FWC performs its functions and exercises its powers under the Act.

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Executive management and structure

The President of the FWC is responsible for overseeing the work of the tribunal and its members. The President is Justice the Hon Iain Ross, AO.

The General Manager is a statutory appointee who assists the President and oversees the administration of FWC staff.

About the role

The General Manager and staff of the Commission are engaged under the Public Service Act 1999 and together constitute a statutory agency. The General Manager is the principal office holder of that agency and for all budgetary purposes under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

The principal role of the General Manager, supported by administrative staff, is to assist the President to ensure that the Commission performs its functions and exercises its powers. In this role the General Manager is responsible for managing the staff and budget of the Commission, and managing a range of functions under the Act. The General Manager also has statutory duties to review developments, conduct research and report to the Minister on various aspects of the functioning of the Commission.

The General Manager also oversees the work of Commission staff which includes: providing administrative support to the President and members of the Commission, undertaking research, providing conciliation services to support the resolution of unfair dismissal applications, assisting individuals and organisations access the Commission, and publishing decisions, orders, agreements and modern awards issued by members of the Commission.

To be a strong contender for the role you must have a high level of judgement, experience in public administration and an understanding of the administration of an independent court and/or tribunal, professional and personal integrity, stakeholder engagement skills, and a sound understanding of current issues in workplace relations facing workplaces in Australia.

With the Commission’s commitment to significant transformation of its digital capabilities, extensive experience in leading and successfully delivering organisational change programs with a focus on digital transformation will be favourably regarded.


To be eligible for appointment to the Australian Public Service (APS), applicants must be Australian citizens. There are also restrictions on the employment of people who have accepted a redundancy benefit from an APS agency or a non-APS Commonwealth employer within the previous 12 months. Prospective appointees may be required to satisfy health, character and security checks. 


Relevant tertiary qualifications in a relevant area such as workplace relations or public administration will be favourably regarded.

Selection criteria

  • Demonstrates high level leadership and vision
    • sets a strategic vision and inspires others to achieve this
    • innovative in dealing with issues
    • articulates a clear direction for their organisation
  • Manages large and/or complex operations
    • achieves results within the context of organisational and/or Government policy
    • strong people management skills
    • strong financial management, ensuring efficient, effective and ethical use of resources
    • understanding of and commitment to quality organisational governance
  • Works with others to meet objectives
    • operates collaboratively with others to meet organisational objectives
    • cultivates productive relationships
    • listens to people and values different perspectives
  • High level of judgement
  • Demonstrates a high standard of professional and personal integrity and capacity to promote these in an organisation.

Terms and conditions


This position is a security assessed position. The successful applicant will be required to obtain a security clearance.


Remuneration is determined by the Remuneration Tribunal. The current total remuneration is $415,680 per annum.


The position is a full-time statutory appointment for a term of up to 5 years. The position is located in Melbourne.

How to apply

Your application should include your resume, including the names and contact details of two referees, and a statement of no more than two pages outlining your claims against the selection criteria and taking into account the other attributes required for the role. 
Please quote Reference Number 201352.

Applications should be submitted to no later than 11pm AEST on Sunday 16 May 2021.


For more information contact Matthew Smee on 0439 074 251 and quote Reference Number 201352.