Outcome and programme structure

The 2014–15 Portfolio Budget Statements for the Employment portfolio set out one planned outcome and programme for the Fair Work Commission (the Commission).


The Portfolio Budget Statements provide information on the resources 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 has 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 programmes are the primary vehicle by which government agencies achieve the intended results of their outcome statements. The Commission works towards achieving its outcome through the delivery of the following programme:

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

The Commission's programme objective is to exercise powers under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Fair Work Act):

  • in accordance with the objects of the Act
  • 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.

Programme deliverables

The Commission's deliverables 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
  • dealing with workplace bullying applications.

Programme key performance indicators

The Commission's key performance indicators are:

  • Improve 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 the time taken to list applications relating to industrial action.
  • Improve the agreement approval time.
  • Ninety-five per cent of financial reports required to be lodged under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 (Registered Organisations Act) are assessed for compliance within 40 working days.

The Commission's performance against these 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). The performance of the RSRT is discussed in the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal Annual Report 2014–15.