Release type: Media Release


Appointment of independent investigator to consider complaints against Fair Work Commission Vice President


Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Employment
Minister for Women
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service

Today I am announcing the decision to appoint an independent investigator to consider matters relating to complaints against Vice President Lawler of the Fair Work Commission.

A number of concerns have been raised, both in media reports and by way of complaints to the President of the Fair Work Commission and the former Minister for Employment, Senator the Hon Eric Abetz, relating to complaints against Vice President Michael Lawler.  

It is essential that public confidence in the Fair Work Commission is maintained and as such I will be appointing a suitably qualified, independent person to review the complaints and related matters.

The decision to appoint an independent investigator was taken by Senator Abetz shortly before the change of Ministry - I agree with and have confirmed Senator Abetz's decision.

It is essential that this process be conducted by an impartial third party and that natural justice is afforded to all persons involved.

It would not be appropriate to comment on the specific complaints before the independent investigator has had an opportunity to report back to me on this matter.

Further announcements regarding the appointment of the independent investigator and their terms of reference will be made shortly.