Fair Work Commission
Social Media Policy
This policy relates to the acceptable use of social media by staff of the Fair Work
Commission (Commission) in both a personal and professional capacity.
This policy should be read in conjunction with the Commission’s Acceptable use of ICT
All Commission staff are expected to abide by the following policy and failure to do so could
be regarded as a breach of the APS Code of Conduct and could result in disciplinary
Social media includes but is not limited to:
social networking sites (for example Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Yammer)
video and photo sharing websites (for example Flickr, YouTube)
blogs, including personal blogs and blogs hosted by media outlets (for example
‘comments’ or ‘your say’ feature on theage.com.au)
wikis and online collaborations (for example Wikipedia)
forums, discussion boards and groups (for example Google groups, Whirlpool).
Personal or professional use by individuals
Staff are responsible for being aware of and understanding this social media policy.
Personal and professional use of social media by Commission staff must not:
bring the Commission into disrepute
compromise their or others effectiveness at work
suggest or imply endorsement by the Commission of their personal views
post material that is offensive, defamatory, threatening, harassing, bullying,
discriminatory or otherwise unlawful
use the company email or logo without permission
disclose confidential information
publicise workplace disputes
contravene the APS Code of Conduct, APS or Fair Work Commission Values.
Staff must ensure that all personal comments or views expressed on social media sites are
easily identifiable as their own and not those of the Commission.
Staff are responsible for the content they post, or allow others to post, on their personal
social media accounts.
Use of the Commission’s social media accounts
Professional use means the use of Commission accounts. Social media accounts held by
the Commission and in its name must only be used by authorised users and must be
approved by the President, General Manager or Manager Media and Communications.
For advice or clarification regarding this policy, including a list of authorised users, please
contact the Manager Media and Communications.