Fair Work Inspectors are government officials appointed by the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) to promote and monitor compliance with Australian workplace laws.
A Fair Work Inspector’s role includes:
During a workplace investigation, Fair Work Inspectors are charged with collection and examination of evidence to make decisions about:
A Fair Work Inspector may enter premises at any time during working hours, or at any other time the Fair Work Inspector believes is necessary for compliance purposes. Before entering premises, a Fair Work Inspector must show their identity card to the occupier of the premises or their representative.
In entering premises, a Fair Work Inspector must not use force, but does not need permission from the occupier.
A Fair Work Inspector may exercise one or more of the following powers while on the premises:
Civil penalties under the Fair Work Act 2009 may be sought where an employer or person has:
Penalties of up to $630 000 (for a company) or $126 000 (for an individual) can apply for not complying with a FWO Notice to provide information, produce documents or attend an interview to answer questions in relation to suspected contraventions of the Fair Work Act.
Find out more about workplace investigations from the FWO here.
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