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Australian Building and Construction Commission Appointment

Ministers:

The Hon Julia Gillard MP
Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
Minister for Social Inclusion
Deputy Prime Minister

The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Julia Gillard, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Leigh Johns as Deputy Commissioner Operations, Office of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC).

Mr Johns has been the Chief Counsel of the Office of the Workplace Ombudsman since March 2007, where he demonstrated strong capabilities as both a public sector manager and regulator.

He has qualifications in Law and Economics. He brings to this role expertise in all aspects of workplace relations law, including working with both employers and unions as an industrial lawyer in the building and construction industry.

The Rudd Government made a commitment to retain the ABCC until 31 January 2010 and to replace it at that time with a Specialist Division of the Inspectorate of Fair Work Australia.

As Deputy Commissioner Operations, Mr Johns will have a crucial role in the ABCC executive team managing this transition, while also ensuring the effective ongoing regulation of compliance with the law in the industry.

The Government is committed to maintaining a strong cop on the beat in the building and construction industry. The appointment of Mr Johns to this important position is further evidence of this strong commitment.

Consistent with the Government’s commitment to a merit-based and transparent approach to senior appointments, Mr Johns’s appointment follows an open merit selection process conducted by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Mr Johns will commence in his new role on 6 July 2009.