New Fair Work Ombudsman appointed

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Sandra Parker has been appointed Fair Work Ombudsman for a five-year term, starting on July 15, 2018.

Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation, Craig Laundy said, “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.”

For the past eight years, Ms Parker has been a Deputy Secretary at the Department of Jobs and Small Business and its predecessors. Before this she was the head of the Office of the Australian Safety and Compensation Council, and also held senior-executive roles in the vocational-education and training fields at Commonwealth and state-government levels.

Minister Laundy also acknowledged the work of outgoing Fair Work Ombudsman, Ms Natalie James.

“I would like to thank Ms James for her exceptional work during her five-year term,” he 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.”