27 July 2012FWBC Chief Executive welcomes announcement of Advisory Board

Fair Work Building & Construction (FWBC) Chief Executive Leigh Johns today welcomed the announcement of an Advisory Board to provide recommendations to the agency on its policies, performance and functions.

“This appointment of the Advisory Board augments the ability of FWBC to act as an agency that builds the capacity of the building and construction industry to undertake work fairly and productively,” said Mr Johns.

“I am looking forward to working with the Advisory Board, which comprises myself, the Fair Work Ombudsman, and five other skilled advisors with specialist knowledge of workplace relations and the building and construction industry.

“Randell Fuller, as the Chair, brings a wealth of experience through varied roles in the construction sector having worked for both employers and employee representative bodies. He has also represented industry on a number of State government panels.

“I have worked with Randell in the past around issues in the building and construction industry. I have always found him to be constructive and pragmatic. He will no doubt be an effective Chair of the Advisory Board” Mr Johns said.

The Advisory Board will make recommendations to FWBC about policies to guide the performance of its functions and the exercise of its powers; as well as the priorities and programs to be implemented by FWBC.

However, the Advisory Board cannot direct FWBC when it comes to action concerning investigations and litigation. Information about investigations and litigation remains protected and will not be disclosed to the Advisory Board.

The Advisory Board consists of:

  • Mr Randell Fuller (Chair) – Employee Relations Manager, Brookfield Multiplex Constructions
  • Mr Jim Barrett—Australian Industry Group (employer representative)
  • Mr Tim Lyons—ACTU Assistant Secretary (employee representative)
  • Ms Judith Bornstein—industrial lawyer and former Commissioner of the Industrial Relations Commission of Victoria
  • Mr Peter Henneken—former head of the Queensland Department of Employment and Industrial Relations and current Chair of the Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission.
  • Mr Nick Wilson - Fair Work Ombudsman
  • Mr Leigh Johns – Chief Executive, Fair Work Building and Construction

“I congratulate each member of the Advisory Board, and welcome the opportunity to work with them to strengthen and grow the building and construction industry for the benefit of all Australians,” concluded Mr Johns.