Industry Update

Message from FWBC Director Val Gostencnik

Having dedicated 30 years of my professional life to workplace relations, I am pleased to begin this latest chapter as Director of Fair Work Building & Construction (FWBC).

Minister for Workplace Relations Bill Shorten appointed me to the position on 12 July 2013 and I started work last week.

By way of background, I come to this role with 30 years’ workplace relations experience in both government and private practice. As partner and Leader of Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s National Workplace Practice Group, I have acted for major construction companies including Multiplex, Downer EDI, Theiss and Transfield Services.  I also spent time as Head of Legal and Employee Relations for a national construction company and was chair of the Victorian Government’s Building Industry Consultative Council.

I advised the Government on the drafting and implementation of the Fair Work Act 2009, and before that on aspects of the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005.  At Corrs I was particularly passionate about its Pro Bono and social responsibility program.

I am looking forward to working with all groups, companies and individuals in this vital industry.

I also take this opportunity to thank Brian Corney who did an excellent job as FWBC’s Acting Director following Leigh Johns’ departure in April this year.

I hope you find this edition of the Industry Update useful and look forward to meeting as many people working in the construction industry as I can in coming weeks and months.

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