New Fair Work Ombudsman appointed

New Ombudsman to serve five-year term, effective from 15 July, 2018.

The Federal Government has announced the appointment of Sandra Parker PSM as the Fair Work Ombudsman for a five-year term, commencing on 15 July 2018.

Parker, who takes over from long-serving Ombudsman Natalie James, previously served as a deputy secretary at the Department of Jobs and Small Business and its predecessors for the past eight years.

Prior to this she was the head of the Office of the Australian Safety and Compensation Council and held senior executive roles in the vocational education and training field at Commonwealth and state government levels.

Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation, Craig Laundy, said Parker has been appointed following a merit-based selection process.

“I congratulate Ms Parker on her appointment. Her distinguished public service career, and extensive experience in complex environments including policy, regulation and service delivery roles, make her an exceptional candidate for the position,” Minister Laundy said.

“Highly regarded in her field, Ms Parker was awarded a Public Service Medal for her outstanding contribution to workplace relations policy and program delivery on Australia Day 2018.”

Laundy also acknowledged the significant service of outgoing Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James.

“I would like to thank Ms James for her exceptional work during her five year term. Ms James has taken a very proactive approach to ensuring workers are protected and get what they are owed. She has made a significant contribution to the workplace relations landscape in Australia through educating employees and employers on their rights and responsibilities. She has been very effective in the role and I again thank her for her dedication,” Laundy said.

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