Media release

17 February 2010

Workers should query unexplained changes in take-home pay

Any worker who has noticed an unexplained change in their take-home pay since 1 January should find out why.

The Fair Work Ombudsman says it can examine an individual employee’s circumstances.

Alternatively, employees or their union can apply to Fair Work Australia to make a “take-home pay order”.

The Fair Work Ombudsman says the introduction of Modern Awards and National Employment Standards on 1 January are not intended to result in workers receiving a pay cut.

Most new pay rates under award modernisation do not come into effect until 1 July.

Workers who have had an inexplicable reduction in their take-home pay can contact 13 13 94 for advice.

For more information about take-home pay orders, employees or their representatives should contact 1300 799 675 or External  link icon.


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: 17 Feb 2010