Industry Update

Message from the Director

Welcome to the latest Industry Update.

In this edition you can read about a number of newly filed court cases, the Fair Work Commission’s decision to refuse three right of entry permits, and we do a Q&A to help you better understand FWBC’s role.

The pace of legal activity at FWBC has not slowed recently with the agency launching Federal Court action against a Tier One Queensland construction company. This case is one where our renewed compulsory examination powers were critical to investigating the matter to find out the truth so that it could be put before the court.

Separately, a liability judgement was also handed down in a case connected to the Sydney Domestic Airport construction site, where a union official claimed to be ‘Steve Irwin’. In its decision, the Federal Court raised the suggested that penalties imposed on individual union officials should not be “simply reimbursed by his union”. Such comments have particular relevance for FWBC court outcomes, as our cases often involve individual union officials.

FWBC has just launched another case against two union officials in Victoria, who allegedly threatened to ‘start a war’ if police were called to escort them off a site. This comes as two recent Fair Work Commission decisions refused the right of entry permit applications of three CFMEU officials, following submissions from FWBC.

If you have any ideas or topics that you would like to hear about in your Industry Update, please send us your direct feedback via the contact details below.


Nigel Hadgkiss


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FWBC Hotline: 1800 003 338

Direct feedback contact: James via media [at]

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