How FCB Group helps businesses in the manufacturing sector

It’s arguably never been harder to operate as a manufacturer in Australia. Cost pressures have forced employers to develop proactive ways to manage people: driving productivity and results.

FCB Group knows the manufacturing sector. We get what you do and our depth of experience means our team work with your leaders, offering solutions that are legally compliant and commercially sound. We don’t speak legal or HR jargon. We operate in the real world. We provide practical advice and are a trusted partner to our clients.

So why trust us?

It makes sense really. You are experts in manufacturing and we are experts in managing the employee lifecycle. Obviously our team are led by experienced Accredited Specialists, lawyers, consultants and migration experts. We think we are the best in the business at what we do. But how are we different from our competitors? You can be guaranteed that when you pick up the phone you will be speaking to someone who understands the nature of your business and your issue and thinks outside the box to offer a bespoke solution. We don’t offer a ‘one size fits all service’ and you are not a ‘small client’ to our firm. And we are proud of that.

The manufacturing sector is susceptible to economic change, the impact of and regulatory compliance risk of overseas labour and there are grave consequences for employers (including personal culpability of Directors and Officers) who do not adhere to rigorous WHS standards. We aren’t afraid to get our hands dirty and often will jump in and assist our clients to mitigate risks before they arise. We do this in the manufacturing sector by helping our clients to:

  • develop tailored employment contracts, policies and training;
  • foster positive engagements with unions;
  • defend employee claims or grievances; and
  • develop innovative enterprise bargaining strategies and content.

We also have extensive experience helping our clients fix problems: acting on behalf of clients in large scale Enterprise Agreement negotiations (leading to dramatic and prolonged cost savings), contested dismissals and work health and safety prosecutions.

Our consultants are there for your internal people team: acting as that day to day adviser assisting with a broad range of issues such as Award/Agreement interpretation, HR issues or seeking advice on disciplinary concerns. Our team in Smart Visa regularly help manufacturing businesses to navigate their way through Australia’s complex immigration laws, and to obtain work visas, sponsorship, permanent residency and labour agreements.

Who do we work for?

We are a boutique firm but that doesn’t mean we have a small outlook. We punch well above our weight in terms not only of the quality and incisiveness of our work but our blue chip client base made up of well-known players in the manufacturing game.

We are aware manufacturing is more than timber and cement and also have extensive experience in areas of pharmaceutical, food, beverage and tobacco manufacturing. We are thought leaders in the field with a diverse and rich manufacturing client base.

Would you like to find out more?

If you would like to find out more about how we can help with workplace relations issues in the manufacturing industry, please call us on (02) 9922 5188 or email Matthew Robinson, head of the manufacturing industry team, at