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Barrister named as new Fair Work Commission president

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Tony Burke has appointed a silk, who was admitted to the bar in 1997, as the new president of the Fair Work Commission.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 09 February 2023 Politics
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Adam Hatcher SC has been appointed as the president of the Fair Work Commission, having served as vice-president since 2013 and acting president for the last three months following the retirement of Justice Iain Ross.

In this most recent period, Mr Burke said in a statement, Mr Hatcher had “provided strong leadership”.


“He brings extensive experience to the role, and I am confident he will continue to execute his duties with impartiality and diligence,” the minister said.

Mr Hatcher will officially commence in the role on 19 February, at the conclusion of his current term as acting president.

Mr Burke said: “I thank Justice Iain Ross for his leadership of the FWC [for] over a decade.”

In addition, Mr Hatcher — who was admitted to the bar in 1997 and was appointed senior counsel in 2010 — has been appointed to the Federal Court.

His two new appointments will conclude at the statutory retirement age of 65 for the Fair Work Commission and at the age of 70 for the Federal Court, respectively.

The minister also noted the that Albanese government is “committed to a fair, just, transparent and balanced [Fair Work] Commission”, and that its work “will be more important than ever as we progress ambitious workplace relations reforms to lift wages, improve job security and close the loopholes that are undermining pay and conditions”.

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