SANDRA PARKER has been appointed as the Fair Work Ombudsman for a five-year term, starting July 15.
For the past eight years Ms Parker has served as a Deputy Secretary at the Department of Jobs and Small Business and its predecessors. Prior to this she was the head of the Office of the Australian Safety and Compensation Council and held senior executive roles in the vocational education and training field at federal and state government levels.
“I congratulate Ms Parker on her appointment. Her distinguished public service career, and extensive experience in complex environments including policy, regulation and service delivery roles, make her an exceptional candidate for the position,” Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation, Craig Laundy said.
“Highly regarded in her field, Ms Parker was awarded a Public Service Medal for her outstanding contribution to workplace relations policy and program delivery on Australia Day 2018.”
“Ms Parker’s outstanding qualities, management skills and wide-ranging experience in stakeholder engagement are well-suited to the Office’s important role of promoting harmonious, productive and co-operative Australian workplaces,” Mr Laundy said. The Minister also acknowledged the significant service of outgoing Fair Work Ombudsman, Natalie James.
“I would like to thank Ms James for her exceptional work during her five year term,” Mr Laundy said. “Ms James has taken a very proactive approach to ensuring workers are protected and get what they are owed.
“She has made a significant contribution to the workplace relations landscape in Australia through educating employees and employers on their rights and responsibilities. She has been very effective in the role and I again thank her for her dedication.
The Fair Work Ombudsman is an independent statutory office holder. The key functions of the office are to provide information and advice, investigating workplace complaints and enforcing Commonwealth workplace laws.