Release type: Media Release


Fair Work Building and Construction - Advisory Board appointments


The Hon Bill Shorten MP
Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Financial Services and Superannuation

The Minister for Workplace Relations Bill Shorten today announced the appointment of the Fair Work Building and Construction (FWBC) Advisory Board.

The FWBC Advisory Board will provide expert advice to FWBC Chief Executive Leigh Johns on policy and priorities for the inspectorate to deliver a strong but fair set of compliance arrangements for the building and construction sector.

The Advisory Board comprises representatives nominated by employers and employees, as well as three other independent members with industry, law and workplace relations experience, the Fair Work Ombudsman and FWBC Chief Executive.

Members of the Advisory Board are:

• Mr Randell Fuller (Chair) – Employee Relations Manager, Brookfield Multiplex Constructions
• Mr Jim Barrett—Australian Industry Group (employer representative)
• Mr Tim Lyons—ACTU Assistant Secretary (employee representative)
• Ms Judith Bornstein—industrial lawyer and former Commissioner of the Industrial Relations Commission of Victoria
• Mr Peter Henneken—former head of the Queensland Department of Employment and Industrial Relations and current Chair of the Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission.
• Mr Nick Wilson - Fair Work Ombudsman
• Mr Leigh Johns – Chief Executive, Fair Work Building and Construction

“The members of the advisory board have a wealth of experience that will guide the new inspectorate in managing a balanced framework for cooperative and productive workplace relations for this industry,” Mr Shorten said.

“The FWBC with the assistance of its Advisory Board will work for the benefit of everyone in the building and construction industry.

“I encourage all stakeholders to work together to ensure the industry is as harmonious and productive as possible,” Mr Shorten said.

“The Government understands that only considered, fair and balanced laws will create jobs and make a positive contribution to national productivity and prosperity.”

Biographies of the advisory board members are attached.

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