Last updated January 2024
This chapter explains the rights of authorised persons to enter your workplace for employment or industrial law purposes.
What is right of entry?
Right of entry refers to the right given to a particular category of person to enter a workplace for an employment or industrial law purpose (as opposed to some other purpose such as law enforcement, e.g. police or environmental protection).
Right of entry laws provide a framework for when a person is authorised to enter your workplace. Without these rights, the person would have no entitlement to enter your work premises – unless you gave them consent to do so.
Who may have a right of entry into your workplace?
The following people have a statutory right to enter your workplace for employment or industrial law purposes:
- Fair Work inspectors;
- health and safety inspectors; and
- union officials holding entry permits.