Media release

24 July 2009

Watchdog secures almost $12,000 back-pay for three Gold Coast workers

Gold Coast company Suminda Pty Ltd has been ordered to back-pay three former employees a total of $11,932 following a prosecution by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

In Brisbane yesterday, Federal Magistrate Michael Jarrett declared that Suminda had breached workplace laws by underpaying the three workers’ annual leave entitlements and pay in lieu of notice.

He ordered Suminda to back-pay a full-time property maintainer $5248, a full-time property manager $4114 and a part-time book-keeper $2570 within 30 days.

The three workers had their employment terminated in 2006 when Suminda ceased operating after its sole director passed away.

Fair Work Ombudsman Queensland Director Julie Wade says the action was taken against Suminda to recover the workers’ entitlements.
“We did not seek a penalty against Suminda given the circumstances,” she said.

Workers and employers alike can contact the FWO Infoline on 13 13 94 or visit for assistance.

The Fair Work Ombudsman aims to promote harmonious, productive and co-operative workplaces. It also monitors compliance and investigates breaches of national workplace laws.


Media inquiries:

Craig Bildstien, Director Media & Stakeholder Relations,
0419 818 484

Ryan Pedler, Media & Stakeholder Relations Senior Adviser
(03) 9954 2561, 0434 365 924


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Page last updated: 24 Jul 2009