Australian Industrial Relations Commission
Nauru House, 80 Collins Street, Melbourne, Vic. 3000
G.P.O. Box 1994S, Melbourne, Vic. 3001
A senior member of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission is to take up a two-year post representing the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Indonesia.
Justice Boulton, a Senior Deputy President of the Commission, will from 15 October hold the position of Director ILO Indonesia.
The post is based in Jakarta and is responsible for the conduct and planning of the ILO's work in Indonesia including projects on:
· industrial relations;
· the implementation of new labour laws;
· the elimination of child labour (IPEC);
· restructuring the social security system; and
· workers' education.
Other activities in which the ILO is involved in Indonesia include the promotion of international labour standards and work relating to issues of human rights, employment growth, equal opportunity and work safety.
"It is a great honour and privilege for an Australian to be appointed as the country director of a United Nations agency," Justice Boulton said today.
"It is also a particularly important time to be working in Indonesia, given the enormous changes taking place and the progress made in recent years with democratic, economic and social reforms."
As the ILO's representative in Indonesia, Justice Boulton will have responsibility for relations with the Indonesian Government and will also be responsible at the country level for relations with other UN agencies, international financial institutions and the embassies of donor countries.
Justice Boulton has been involved in a number of ILO programs in South-East Asia in recent years including a nine-month period in 1998-99 when he was engaged as a senior specialist in international labour standards and labour law working with the ILO and the South-East Asia and Pacific Multi Disciplinary Team (SEAPAT) based in Manila.
Justice Boulton remains a Member of the Commission and has been granted leave without pay to take up the ILO director's position in Indonesia.