Fair Work Information Statement

6 December 2013

Do you give all new employees a Fair Work Information Statement? If not, you need to – it is one of your responsibilities under the National Employment Standards.

The provision of a Fair Work Information Statement to all new employees is required as one of the ten National Employment Standards, which provide minimum conditions for all employees. You can incur hefty penalties for not supplying one – up to $10,200 for an individual and $51,000 for a corporation.

This is easy and simple to do – download the Fair Work Information Statement here and ensure that you give it to new employees before they start work (or as soon as practicable after they start).

The statement includes information on the following:

  • The National Employment Standards
  • How a transfer of business affects entitlements
  • Modern awards
  • Agreements under the Fair Work Act 2009
  • Individual flexibility arrangements
  • Freedom of association
  • Termination of employment
  • Right of entry (including privacy laws to protect personal information)
  • The Fair Work Ombudsman and the Fair Work Commission.

The Fair Work Ombudsman also provides a fact sheet on Fair Work Information Statements, which can be downloaded here.


This item was first published in ACA Communique, October 2013.

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