24 August 2012FWBC Advisory Board meets

Today’s first meeting of the Fair Work Building and Construction (FWBC) Advisory Board heralded a new beginning for stakeholder involvement in a collaborative approach to national workplace regulation.

"Meaningful collaboration between stakeholders is the key to genuinely advancing productivity in Australia’s building and construction industry,” said FWBC Chief Executive Leigh Johns.

“The breadth of experience and industry perspective brought by each member of the Advisory Board is an invaluable resource to FWBC, as we continue to broaden and expand our advice, education and regulatory functions”.

The FWBC Advisory Board makes recommendations to the agency about priorities and programs, as well as policies that guide its functions and exercise of powers. 

The seven members of the Advisory Board comprise government, employer and employee representatives, as well as the Fair Work Ombudsman, Mr Nicholas Wilson and Mr Johns. At today's meeting they endorsed the Advisory Board's Charter.

Part of today’s agenda included a presentation by Mr Johns to the Advisory Board about FWBC’s Agency Vision, Mission, Business Plan and four key strategic goals.

“FWBC’s immediate and longer-term priorities are designed to enhance the industry’s capacity to comply with workplace laws.  We have a comprehensive advice, education and regulatory program in place,” said Mr Johns.

Mr Johns also updated Advisory Board members on FWBC’s research project into the extent and impact of sham contracting in the building and construction industry, due for release later this year.

Advisory Board Chairman Randell Fuller welcomed each Advisory Board member and commended their commitment to advancing a balanced framework for workplace relations in Australia’s building and construction industry.

“With its focus on providing advice about policies, programs and priorities, today’s convening of the FWBC Advisory Board fulfills the Government’s agenda concerning the transition to FWBC as the new regulator of workplace laws and promoter of productive, harmonious and cooperative workplace relations in the building and construction industry,” said Chairman Randell Fuller.

For information on Advisory Board membership see: FWBC Chief Executive welcomes announcement of Advisory Board