The Fairwork Ombudsman

Any trouble at work? Contact Fairwork

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) is an independent Australian Government agency. The FWO provides free information and advice to employers and workers to help them understand their workplace rights and responsibilities. The FWO also provides assistance with resolving workplace disputes and enforces compliance with workplace laws.

The FWO can be contacted at:

  • - the first point of contact for information and advice about Australia’s workplace relations system. This website provides information and resources to assist overseas visa holders when working or looking for work in Australia, including information in 30 different languages. Online enquiries or questions can be sent through My Account.
  • Fair Work Infoline – you can call the FWO on 13 13 94 (or 13 14 15 for Translating and Interpreting Service)
Information for Working Holiday Makers

The ‘Visa holders and migrants’ page has information for working holiday makers and a link to: Top tips for backpackers & seasonal workers

Record My Hours app

A free app which assists workers to easily record and store their hours of work. The app is available in 17 languages and can be downloaded from:

Anonymous Report

A tool which allows members of the community to report a workplace concern anonymously. Information provided to the FWO helps us plan our current and future education and enforcement activities. The report is available in English and 16 other languages.

In language content

Resources are featured in 30 languages and include information on:

  • Starting a new job
  • Payment for work
  • Holidays and taking time off work
  • Ending employment
Pay and conditions tool (PACT)

The Pay, Shift, Leave, Notice and Redundancy calculators help employees and employers work out what employees need to be paid, what employees’ leave entitlements are and the amount of notice employers and employees need to give when ending employment.

Compliance and Enforcement Policy

The Compliance and Enforcement Policy explains how the FWO seeks to ensure compliance with Commonwealth workplace laws

Guide to resolving workplace issues

A practical guide to assist employees with resolving workplace issues. It offers step-by-step guidance to resolving issues in the workplace with minimal expense, time and stress. The guide includes case studies, tips and links to FWO resources. The guide is also available in 16 languages.

Online learning centre

Free and interactive online training courses, teaching new skills and strategies for employers, supervisors, managers and employees.

Animated language storyboards

Animated storyboards to help migrant workers and employers understand the fundamentals of the Australian workplace relations system.