Media release

2 November 2006

OWS Reports to Senate Committee on First Six Months

Appearing before the Senate Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee the OWS reported on its first six months of operations under the Workplace Relations Act 1996 (the Act).

Appearing before the Senate Committee, OWS Director, Mr Nicholas Wilson said that OWS was well on its way to fulfilling its role and mandated responsibility.

“Since March 27, the OWS has recovered over $5 million, for more than 3000 employees,” said Mr Wilson.

“The OWS has been active and committed to fulfilling this mandate.

When asked by the Committee if the OWS was achieving its objective Mr Wilson replied:

“The answer to that question is an unequivocal YES!

Mr Wilson commented on the performance of the OWS after the hearing stating:

“I believe our results – our actions – speak for themselves.

“The OWS currently has over 20 litigations of civil breaches under the new Act in the courts.

“We now have 193 workplace inspectors all of whom are committed to ensuring the rights and responsibilities of both employers and employees are protected.

“The OWS inspectors are doing a great job.

“They’ve (the inspectors) have established themselves as strong contributors to our mission of ensuring the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers under the Act are understood and enforced fairly.

“With time and the opening of our 12 new offices I am confident they will do an even better job – I congratulate and thank them,” said Mr Wilson.

Employers and employees who would like more information on their rights and obligations should contact the Workplace Infoline on 1300 363 264.

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