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President of Fair Work Australia

The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Julia Gillard is pleased to be able to announce the inaugural President of Fair Work Australia.

The President of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, the Hon. Justice Giudice has accepted the Minister’s invitation to head up the new industrial umpire, Fair Work Australia.

The Minister acknowledges the decade of service the Hon. Justice Giudice has dedicated to the Australian Industrial Relations Commission.

The Rudd Government’s new workplace relations system creates a new independent industrial umpire, Fair Work Australia, a one-stop-shop for advice and support on all workplace relations issues and enforcement of legal entitlements.

Executive Director, Ms Marion van Rooden and the Establishment Taskforce, which includes each of the existing workplace relations agency heads and senior executives from the Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations, are working to have Fair Work Australia ‘open for business’ from 1 July 2009.

Consistent with the Rudd Government’s commitment to a merit-based and transparent approach to senior appointments, two new statutory positions within Fair Work Australia are being advertised from today – the General Manager of Fair Work Australia and the Fair Work Ombudsman.

As announced previously, the existing full time members of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission will be offered roles in Fair Work Australia.

Employees of the agencies to be abolished will be transferred to positions in the new Fair Work Australia institutions or other appropriate positions consistent with the Public Service Act 1999 as in any machinery of government change.