Last updated December 2023
This chapter explains what is involved in a Fair Work Commission conference and helps you prepare to represent your business.
What is a Fair Work Commission conference?
A matter before the Fair Work Commission (FWC) may involve a conference.
An FWC conference means a proceeding in relation to a matter before the FWC that is generally held in private, unless otherwise directed by the FWC.
Matter means an application or other proceeding before the FWC.
An FWC conference may be a first step before a hearing or as an alternative to a hearing.
A hearing is a proceeding where evidence is formally taken to determine contested facts and to reach a decision. A hearing gives parties the opportunity to call or give evidence, ask questions of witnesses and make submissions. A decision about the outcome of the hearing may be made on the spot or after the hearing.
An FWC conference is less formal than a hearing and is generally conducted by a member of the FWC or by a staff conciliator.
An FWC member may direct parties to a conference to assist them to discuss and resolve issues by conciliation or mediation without the need for more formal procedures such as testing evidence under oath.