(1) The Fair Work Ombudsman has the following functions:
(a) to promote:
(i) harmonious, productive and cooperative workplace relations; and
(ii) compliance with this Act and fair work instruments;
including by providing education, assistance and advice to employees, employers, outworkers, outworker entities and organisations and producing best practice guides to workplace relations or workplace practices;
(b) to monitor compliance with this Act and fair work instruments;
(c) to inquire into, and investigate, any act or practice that may be contrary to this Act, a fair work instrument or a safety net contractual entitlement;
(d) to commence proceedings in a court, or to make applications to the FWC, to enforce this Act, fair work instruments and safety net contractual entitlements;
(e) to refer matters to relevant authorities;
(f) to represent employees or outworkers who are, or may become, a party to proceedings in a court, or a party to a matter before the FWC, under this Act or a fair work instrument, if the Fair Work Ombudsman considers that representing the employees or outworkers will promote compliance with this Act or the fair work instrument;
(g) any other functions conferred on the Fair Work Ombudsman by any Act.
Note 1: The Fair Work Ombudsman also has the functions of an inspector (see section 701).
Note 2: In performing functions under paragraph (a), the Fair Work Ombudsman might, for example, produce a best practice guide to achieving productivity through bargaining.
(2) The Fair Work Ombudsman must consult with the FWC in producing guidance material that relates to the functions of the FWC.