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Natalie James, Fair Work Ombudsman, 23 June 2015


Natalie James, Fair Work Ombudsman addressed a private boardroom event for 22 business executives where guests engaged in a discussion about “Leadership in the workplace is about looking above the line”. This SME Executive Boardroom lunch was proudly sponsored by BlandsLaw.

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) is an independent statutory office whose primary role is to promote harmonious, productive and cooperative workplace relations. This encompasses compliance with Australian workplace laws and the monitoring of certain 457 subclass visa arrangements. The FWO office provides a free service that offers small business owners an essential reference point for issues relating to hiring, education, assessing complaints and starting new businesses.

Natalie James was appointed to the position of Fair Work Ombudsman by the Governor-General for a five year term in July 2013.

Prior to her appointment as Fair Work Ombudsman, Natalie was the State Manager of the Victorian State Office of the then Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). In this role she oversaw a range of programs and activities in Victoria, including early childhood, employment services, indigenous employment, education and youth.

Natalie has worked in government in workplace relations, including senior roles at the Fair Work Ombudsman and as Chief Counsel for workplace relations in DEEWR. During this time she led the drafting of the Fair Work legislation.

In 1996 Natalie was accepted as a graduate at the Department of Employment, Education, Science and Technology.  At that point her vocation was set, immediately enrolling in a Masters of Industrial Law at ANU.



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