Release type: Media Release


Acting President appointed to the Fair Work Commission


The Hon Tony Burke MP
Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
Minister for the Arts

Today I announce the appointment of Adam Hatcher SC as the Acting President to the Fair Work Commission (FWC).

Mr Hatcher has provided strong leadership as Vice President of the FWC since 2013, and I thank him for agreeing to the Acting President role for three months.

He brings extensive experience to the role, and I am confident he will continue to execute his duties with impartiality and diligence.

Mr Hatcher’s 3-month term commences on 19 November 2022, following the retirement of the Hon Justice Iain Ross AO.

On behalf of the Australian Government, I thank Justice Ross for his stewardship of the FWC as President since 2012.

The FWC will remain fair and just, transparent and open under this Government.

Its work will be more important than ever as we progress ambitious workplace relations reforms to lift wages, increase job security and ensure a fairer bargaining system for Australian workers.



Mr Adam Hatcher SC has been Vice President of the Fair Work Commission since 2013. Mr Hatcher was admitted to the bar in 1997 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2010. Before then, Mr Hatcher was Chief Legal Advisor with the NSW Branch of the Transport Workers’ Union.