FWBC has five business groups that deliver components of the agency’s strategies and services. Aside from the Office of the Director, each business group is led by a senior executive who reports to the Director.

Office of the Director

Reporting to FWBC’s Director Nigel Hadgkiss, the Office of the Director comprises variety of functions including media and stakeholder engagement, strategic planning, parliamentary support, professional standards and internal audit.

Building Code

Led by the newly appointed National Manager Building Code, Cathy Cato, the Building Code Group (BCG) is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Building Code. The formation of the BCG is part of the agency’s increased focus on the Building Code as a driver of behavioural change on construction projects. Established with specialist operations, legal and education officers, the BCG supports and trains FWBC investigators to conduct Building Code inspections and audits. The BCG also undertakes proactive educational and stakeholder engagement activities to help the industry comply with the Building Code.


FWBC’s Operations Group Manager Heather Hausler is supported by Executive Directors, Murray Gregor (Eastern) and Jeff Radisich (Central/West) in directing the activities of the agency’s ’frontline’ employees; our investigators.

The Operations Group have a presence in all FWBC state and territory offices. The Operations Group actively promote the Rule of Law on building and construction sites by providing assistance and advice to industry participants regarding their rights and responsibilities under the FW Act and the Building Code. The group is also tasked with investigating suspected breaches of the legislation, and preparing briefs of evidence for review by FWBC’s Legal Group.


FWBC’s Legal Group is led by Chief Counsel Brian Corney, who is supported by Executive Directors, Tim Honey (Eastern) and Cliff Pettit (Central/West).

The Legal Group is primarily responsible for the assessment and litigation of alleged or suspected breaches of building and construction industry workplace laws. The Legal Group also briefs external counsel to seek advice on prospects of success for potential civil penalty proceedings and manages the conduct of agency proceedings, submissions and interventions. The Legal Group also provides internal legal advice to FWBC’s Director and the Executive Board and manages the agency’s Freedom of Information requests.

Photo of FWBC Director and Executive

WBC Director and Executive: From left to right Cliff Pettit, Heather Hausler, Murray GRegor, Nigel Hadgkiss, Brian Corney, Time Honey, Jeff Radisich and Peter Darlaston. Please note: Cathy Cato is absent from this photo. Peter Darlaston was acting National Manager, Building Code.


In June 2015 Bernie O’Keeffe was appointed Chief Operating Officer and leader of the Corporate Group. Director Nigel Hadgkiss will continue to oversee this group until Mr O’Keeffe commences in 2015 to 16.

The Corporate Group supports the agency through the delivery of human resources, information technology, performance and planning, finance and business support services.

The Human Resources (HR) Team manage Workplace Health and Safety compliance; return to work case management; recruitment and induction of staff; the procurement or provision of learning and development activities, and performance management. Payroll is outsourced to the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The agency’s Information Technology Unit ensures that the agency has the systems and tools required to support the agency’s business. The technology infrastructure and services are provided by the Department of Employment Shared Services Centre through a Memorandum of Understanding and fee for service.

Data reporting and analysis is provided by the agency’s Planning and Performance Team. This Team maintains and develops FWBC’s case management system which records the agency’s investigative activity and produces reports on cases and agency performance for the Director and Executive Board. In early 2015 the Team increased its focus on business analysis and strategic reporting in order to assist the agency to be more proactive in its operational and legal activities. In addition, the Planning and Performance Team manage the FWBC website and FWBC App.

The Business Services Unit is responsible for business services, records management, accommodation, fleet management and security.