The Commission’s corporate governance framework promotes the principles of good governance and encourages all staff to be accountable for their actions and to focus on their performance. The framework upholds the Australian Public Service (APS) Values and Code of Conduct.
The framework supports the General Manager in meeting her responsibilities for the Commission’s performance, financial management and compliance with the PGPA Act and the Public Service Act.
The Executive is the key decision‑making body with strategic oversight of the Commission’s administration and resourcing. It comprises the General Manager and three Executive Directors and meets fortnightly. More information about the branches and Executive Directors is in the Overview. The Executive is supported by the Audit Committee and Major Projects Control Committee as set out in Table 2: Audit Committee members.
The Audit Committee provides independent assurance to the General Manager on the Commission’s financial and performance reporting, risk oversight and management, systems of internal control and internal audit program.
The General Manager appoints Audit Committee members. No members of the Committee are employed by the Fair Work Commission. Representatives from the Australian National Audit Office are invited to attend each meeting as observers. The Audit Committee meets quarterly.
The Audit Committee charter is located at fwc.gov.au.
Table 2: Audit Committee members
Qualifications, knowledge, skills or experience
Attendance at meetings
Remuneration (incl GST)
Mark Scully (Chair)
The skills and knowledge required of an Audit and Risk Committee for a regulatory agency are adequately covered by its current membership. This includes skills, knowledge and experience in:
Adrian Walkden (commenced 3 September 2019)
Marion van Rooden (commenced 5 December 2019)
Major Projects Control Committee
The Major Projects Control Committee is responsible for high‑level strategic governance of major organisational and capital expenditure projects. The committee comprises the Executive and senior managers and meets monthly.
There were no known instances of fraud committed against the Commission in the 2019–20 financial year.
The General Manager certifies that the Fair Work Commission:
Fraud control plans and fraud risk assessments have been prepared that comply with the Commonwealth Fraud Control Guidelines appropriate fraud prevention, detection, investigation and reporting procedures and practices that comply with the Commonwealth Fraud Control Guidelines are in place, and
the entity has taken all reasonable measures to appropriately deal with fraud relating to the entity.
In 2019–20, the Commission continued to embed a contemporary risk management culture and practices across the organisation, in line with the risk management framework introduced by the PGPA Act.
As part of its risk management strategy, the Commission has developed an annual internal audit program. The program, developed in consultation with the Executive and endorsed by the Audit Committee, reflects the Commission’s purpose, and identifies strategic and operational risks and relevant regulatory requirements. Audits can cover any of the Commission’s financial and non‑financial activities and performance, policies and procedures. Internal audit reports are provided to the General Manager and Executive and discussed at meetings of the Audit Committee.
Compliance with the finance law
The Commission made no reports of any significant issues that relate to non‑compliance with the finance law as it relates to the Commission in 2019–20. Finance law incorporates the PGPA Act, including rules and instruments created under the PGPA Act, and Appropriation Acts.
The Commission’s ethical standards are governed by a legislative framework common to non‑corporate Commonwealth entities, including the PGPA Act, Public Service Act, Australian Public Service Commissioner’s Directions 2016 and Public Service Regulations 1999.