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Australia elected to Governing Body of the International Labour Organization


Senator the Hon Eric Abetz
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for Employment
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service
Senator for Tasmania

Australia has been re-elected to the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization at elections held overnight in Geneva, Switzerland.

Minister for Employment Senator Eric Abetz said Australia’s election by other members of the International Labour Organization (ILO) shows the high regard for Australia’s ability to lead on the international stage.

"As a deputy member of the Governing Body, Australia will play a key role in monitoring international labour developments and protecting Australia’s national and international interests,” Senator Abetz said.

"The Governing Body of the ILO is the organisation’s key policy-making body and it is important Australia has a voice at the table.”

The ILO is responsible for setting international labour standards, relying on cooperation between governments, employers’ and workers’ organisations to foster social and economic progress.

Australia will represent the Far-East Asia Sub Pacific Group of countries on the Governing Body for a three-year term until 2017.

Australia has been a member of the International Labour Organization since it was founded in 1919.