9 November 2010
Darwin caravan parks focus of campaign
Darwin’s caravan parks are the latest focus of the Fair Work Ombudsman in the Northern Territory.
Fair Work inspectors will visit 10 parks this month to scrutinise employment records to ensure staff are being paid properly.
The decision to target the tourist accommodation sector follows a recent finding that one Darwin caravan park had underpaid three of its workers more than $25,000.
Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says it is important park operators fully understand their obligations under workplace laws.
He says inspectors will provide employers with advice and information about the Agency’s comprehensive package of tools and resources to assist them with compliance.
Inspectors will also request employment records from the recent peak season, when Darwin hosts large numbers of tourists and parks traditionally increase their casual labour pool.
Key stakeholders, including the NT Government, Tourism NT, the Australian Hotels Association, the NT Caravan Parks Association and the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union have been advised.
A report on the findings will be published at the conclusion of the campaign.
Mr Campbell says the Fair Work Ombudsman has a range of user-friendly resources on its website at www.fairwork.gov.au to help employers understand national workplace laws, including Modern Awards and minimum National Employment Standards.
Resources for small business also include some industry specific web-pages, payslip and record-keeping templates, a self-audit checklist, template letters and fact sheets on dozens of topics including leave, industrial action, public holidays, enterprise bargaining, gender pay equality and family-friendly workplaces.
As well as Online resources, the Fair Work Ombudsman has advisers available to speak with employers and workers with questions on its Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 from 8am-6pm weekdays.
Richard Honey, Adviser, Media & Stakeholder Relations,
(03) 9954 2716, 0457 924 146