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Entity purpose

As Australia’s national workplace relations tribunal, the primary purpose of the Fair Work Commission (Commission) is to exercise its functions and powers in accordance with the Fair Work Act 2009, including:

  • dealing with unfair dismissal claims
  • dealing with anti-bullying claims
  • dealing with general protections and unlawful termination claims
  • setting the national minimum wage and minimum wages in modern awards
  • making, reviewing and varying modern awards
  • assisting the bargaining process for enterprise agreements
  • approving, varying and terminating enterprise agreements
  • making orders to stop or suspend industrial action
  • dealing with disputes brought to the Commission under the dispute resolution procedures of modern awards and enterprise agreements
  • determining applications for right of entry permits
  • promoting cooperative and productive workplace relations and preventing disputes

The Commission and General Manager also have responsibilities in relation to the registration, amalgamation and cancellation of registered organisations and making and alteration of their rules under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009.