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 performs a variety of functions, including media and stakeholder engagement, strategic planning, governance, parliamentary support, professional standards and internal audit.

Building code

Led by the National Manager, Building Code, Cathy Cato, the Building Code Group (BCG) is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Building Code. The Building Code is a driver of behavioural change on construction projects. Comprising specialist operations, legal and education officers, the BCG supports and trains FWBC investigators to conduct Building Code inspections and audits. The BCG is responsible for assessing enterprise agreements for compliance with the Building Code. The BCG also undertakes educational and stakeholder engagement activities to help the industry comply with the Building Code.


FWBC's Operations Executive Manager, Heather Hausler, is supported by General Managers, Murray Gregor (Eastern) and Jeff Radisich (Central/West), in directing the activities of the agency's ‘frontline' employees – our investigators.

The Operations Group has a presence in all FWBC state and territory offices. The Operations Group promotes the Rule of Law on building and construction sites by providing assistance and advice to industry participants on their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Work Act 2009(FW Act) and the Building Code. The group is also responsible for 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 General Managers, 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 Team and manages freedom of information requests to the agency.


In September 2015, Bernie O'Keeffe commenced as Chief Operating Officer and head of Corporate. 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 manages workplace health and safety, recruitment and induction of staff, learning and development activities, workforce planning, and performance management. Payroll is outsourced to the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The Finance Unit support provides financial governance and monthly and annual reporting, and monitors procurement and the agency budget. The majority of the finance function is outsourced to the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The 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 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 Team.

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