The Portfolio Budget Statements for the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations portfolio set out one planned outcome and program for the Commission.


The Portfolio Budget Statements 2013–14 provide information on the funds allocated to the Commission to achieve specified outcomes. Government outcomes are the intended results, impacts or consequences of actions by the Government on the Australian community.

The Commission is mandated to achieve a single planned outcome:

Simple, fair and flexible workplace relations for employees and employers through the exercise of powers to set and vary minimum wages and modern awards, facilitate collective bargaining, approve agreements and deal with disputes.


Commonwealth programs are the primary vehicle by which government agencies achieve the intended results of their outcome statements. The Commission works towards achieving our outcome through the delivery of the following program:

Dispute resolution, minimum wage setting, orders and approval of agreements.

Our program objective is to exercise powers under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Fair Work Act):

  • in accordance with the objects of the Fair Work Act, and
  • in a manner that is fair and just; is quick, informal and avoids unnecessary technicalities; is open and transparent; and promotes harmonious and cooperative workplace relations.


The deliverables for the Commission are:

  • dispute resolution
  • determining unfair dismissal applications
  • minimum wage decisions
  • orders relating to industrial action
  • processes relating to modern awards
  • approval of agreements
  • regulation of registered organisations, and
  • determining anti-bullying applications.

Key performance indicators

The key performance indicators for the Commission are:

  • improve or maintain the time elapsed from lodging applications to finalising conciliations in unfair dismissal applications
  • annual wage review to be completed to enable an operative date of 1 July
  • improve or maintain the time taken to list applications relating to industrial action
  • improve or maintain the agreement approval time, and
  • 95 per cent of financial reports required to be lodged under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 are assessed for compliance within 40 working days.

The Commission’s performance against these deliverables and key performance indicators is discussed in Part 3—Performance Reporting of this report.

The Portfolio Budget Statements also contain performance targets for the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT). Performance of the RSRT is discussed within the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal Annual Report 2013–14.