Natalie James is a Partner at Deloitte in the area of Assurance and Advisory, focusing on working with businesses to enhance their workplace integrity and ensure compliance with work laws.
She brings deep expertise and insights into the identifying and resolving conduct issues involving businesses’ workforces and helping them build fair and sustainable practices. She advises on strategies for managing contingent workforce issues and conduct issues in broader networks and outsourced supply chains.
Natalie assists franchises understand and manage their conduct and compliance risks with respect to employees, franchisees and customers.
Natalie is also the Chair of the Victorian Government’s Inquiry into the on-demand Workforce.
Prior to her role at Deloitte, Natalie was the Fair Work Ombudsman, leading Australia’s national workplace relations regulator, from July 2013 – July 2018. In this role she was CEO of a national organisation of 800 people and led the organisation’s work in supporting employees and businesses understand and act on their entitlements and obligations under the Fair Work Act 2009.
She was named National Small Business Champion by the Council of Small Business Organisations Australia for 2018 for her work supporting small business understand and comply with their workplace obligations.
Natalie’s background is as a lawyer and public sector manager. She led the development of workplace relations laws as Chief Counsel in the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. In her time working in government in workplace relations, she worked with both Coalition and Labor governments to develop and support the passage of workplace laws, oversaw critical policy based interventions in the courts, including the High Court challenge to the Work Choices laws and provided legal and policy advice within Government.
Natalie has also led the delivery of government employment, education and childcare programs in Victoria as the Manager of the Department of Employment, Education and Workplace Relations’ Victorian office.
Natalie has also carried out a range of other roles within the Australian Public and Parliamentary Services.
Natalie has a Bachelor of Arts Law and a Masters in Law.