An Australian Industrial Commissioner has been Knighted by the Royal Government of Cambodia in an investiture ceremony at the Labour Ministry in Phnom Penh on 16 June.

Commissioner Michael Gay of the Tasmanian Industrial Commission and previously a long serving member of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, was today invested as a Knight of the Royal Order of Sahametrei by His Excellency, Ith Samheng Minister of Labour and Vocational Training.

A frequent visitor to Cambodia, Commissioner Gay has served over a long period as honorary adviser to Cambodia's national industrial relations tribunal, the Arbitration Council. The Minister thanked the Commissioner for his close involvement in technical cooperation and exchanges with Cambodia's industrial parties over many years. Commissioner Gay has also welcomed many Cambodian Arbitrators, the Council's legal staff and Ministry officials at the Australian Commission.

Currently in Cambodia as a member of a World Bank strategy group consulting parties over the future financial sustainability of the Arbitration Council, Commissioner Gay thanked Minister Ith Samheng emphasising he valued his many Cambodian friendships across the industrial parties and with them shared a desire to ensure the integrity and financial security of the Arbitration Council.