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This instrument revokes the Fair Work Act 2009 - Direction to Inspectors (24/03/2011) and sets out the directions to fair work inspectors regarding the commencement or intervention in litigation.
Administered by: Employment
Registered 21 Oct 2014
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR22-Oct-2014
Tabled Senate28-Oct-2014
Date of repeal 01 Dec 2015
Repealed by Fair Work Act 2009 - Direction to Inspectors (19/11/2015)


Fair Work Act 2009

Paid Parental Leave Act 2010

Fair Work (Transitional and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009



I, Mark Scully, the Fair Work Ombudsman (Acting), under subsection 704 (1) of the Fair Work Act 2009 (the Act) and subsection 33 (3) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901, revoke all previous Directions issued under subsection 704 (1) of the Act, including the Direction issued on 24 March 2011 (FL2011L00683) by the previous Fair Work Ombudsman, Nicholas Paul Wilson and direct as follows:



(1)   This direction is of general application and commences to operate on the day it is registered on the Federal Registrar of Legislative Instruments, in accordance with the Legislative Instruments Act 2003.



(2)   In this Direction:

FW Act means the Fair Work Act 2009;

Commencing litigation means lodging with a court the documents necessary to institute civil proceedings, where the proceedings are instituted by, or on behalf of, the Fair Work Ombudsman exercising powers or performing functions conferred by the FW Act, the FW Regulations or any other Act or Regulations that confer an ability on the Fair Work Ombudsman to commence or intervene in litigation (including the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 and the Fair Work (Transitional and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009) and includes but is not limited to applying to a court for orders in relation to a contravention or proposed contravention of civil remedy provision of these Acts;

FWO means Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman;

FW Regulations means the Fair Work Regulations 2009; and

Fair Work Inspector means a person appointed as a Fair Work Inspector under section 700 of the Act.



(3)   Before commencing or intervening in litigation on my behalf, a Fair Work Inspector must :

a.     Comply with any Guidance Note concerning the litigation policy of the FWO;

b.    Be satisfied that:

                                  i.    There is sufficient evidence to commence civil proceedings; and

                                 ii.    The facts in the matter and all the surrounding circumstances demonstrate that civil proceedings are in the public interest (including that the contraventions are not trivial or minor); and

c.     Obtain my consent or the consent of a member of staff authorised by me to give such consent.


Dated 1 October  2014



Mark Scully

Fair Work Ombudsman (Acting), Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman