MEANS OF ACHIEVING THE OBJECT OF THE FWBI ACT
Ensuring compliance with workplace relations laws by all building industry participants
FWBC is committed to encourage lawfulness and compliance and provide the resources our industry needs to overcome their problems and create higher functioning workplaces. FWBC devotes considerable resources to advising building industry participants about their rights and obligations under Australian workplace laws. This activity encompasses material on the website, articles in the media, presentations by FWBC staff and promotional material. FWBC investigations and proceedings taken against parties alleged to have contravened the law ensure compliance by all building industry participants.
See Report on performance – Overview, 20, Penalty proceedings, 36, Education activities, 21, Communicating to industry, 27
Providing information, advice and assistance to all building industry participants about their rights and obligations
FWBC devotes resources to informing building industry participants of their rights and obligations. This is done in a number of ways. Fair Work Building Industry Inspectors conduct presentations and education sessions to building industry participants of all levels. Regular alerts and a monthly newsletter are distributed via the FWBC database and are available on the FWBC website. The website contains a wide range of information and advice regarding industrial laws, regulations and the National Code.
See Communicating to industry, 27, Presentations, 26, Site visits, 26
Providing an effective means of enforcing those rights and obligations
FWBC is an active and accessible regulator. FWBC devotes considerable resources to train investigatory and legal staff to ensure they are well-equipped for their roles. FWBC uses IT-based case management systems to ensure accurate recording of case developments and associated data.
See Investigations, 28, Penalty proceedings, 36, Learning and development, 61
Providing appropriate safeguards on the use of enforcement and investigative powers
FWBC devotes considerable resources to train investigatory and legal staff to ensure they are well-equipped for their roles. FWBC acts
as a model litigant and consultant with Commonwealth Legal Services Direction and its staffs professional requirements where there are reasonable prospects for success.
Additionally, FWBC investigations and litigation policies comprehensively set out all criteria and considerations relevant to investigations and
all litigation of FWBC. FWBC ensures the legislative framework requirements on the use of its compliance powers are fully met on all cases.
See Human resources, 60, FWBC Director’s foreword, 5, Penalty proceedings, 36, Compliance powers, 34, Role of FWBC, 10, Advisory board, 52
Improving the level of occupational health and safety in the building industry
This is primarily the responsibility of the Federal Safety Commissioner (FSC). FWBC liaises with the FSC and state and territory OHS agencies as appropriate.
See Referring to other agencies, 25