A new general manager has been appointed to the Fair Work Commission (FWC), following the departure of Bernadette O’Neill earlier this year.
Attorney-General for Australia and Minister for Industrial Relations Michaelia Cash has confirmed Murray Furlong has taken on the role of general manager of the FWC.
His official appointment comes following the resignation of Bernadette O’Neill, who has commenced the new role as a commissioner on the commission. Mr Furlong has been acting general manager since the departure of Ms O’Neill from the role in April this year.
Mr Furlong brings extensive experience to the role, having gained nine years of experience as an executive director at the commission. He has also been an executive director at the Australian Building and Construction Commission and the Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman, a statement from the A-G’s office confirmed.
“The commission has a number of functions, including in relation to the National Employment Standards, modern awards, enterprise agreements, workplace determinations, minimum wages and unfair dismissal,” the A-G said off-the-back of the appointment of Mr Furlong.
“The general manager assists the president of the commission, the Hon Justice Iain Ross AO, in ensuring that the commission performs its functions and exercises its powers.
“Mr Furlong has a strong commitment to continuing to improve the services the Fair Work Commission provides to the Australian community by better understanding and responding to the changing needs of employers, employees and their representatives.
“I congratulate Mr Furlong on his appointment.”