Media release

26 November 2010

Results out for national insulation program

The Fair Work Ombudsman today released the results of a national insulation installers audit program.

Random audits of employers has resulted in the recovery of more than $48,500 for 79 workers who were found to have been underpaid.

Most of the money - more than $42,000 - has been recouped for 77 employees in Queensland.

Fair Work inspectors audited the time-and-wages records of 144 Queensland employers registered under the Federal Government’s former Home Insulation Program.

Inspectors also audited an additional 23 employers in NSW, 21 in Western Australia, eight in Victoria, six in South Australia, five in Tasmania, three in the NT and one in the ACT. 

NSW was the only other state where an underpayment was discovered, with one business being asked to back-pay two employees a total of $6428.

Of a total of 211 employers audited nationally, 58 (27 per cent) were found to have some contraventions.

Audits began in April this year in response to concerns raised by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, complaints from workers, suspension of the Home Insulation Program and significant media attention surrounding the industry.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says there was a strong focus on Queensland because it accounted for about a quarter of all home insulation installations and been the source of a number of complaints.

Employers and workers in the insulation industry seeking more information can visit www.fairwork.gov.au/insulation or call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94.

Insulation Installers Audit Program final report (pdf 107KB) pdf icon

Media inquiries:

Ryan Pedler, Senior Adviser, Media & Stakeholder Relations
(03) 9954 2561, 0411 430 902
ryan.pedler@fwo.gov.au

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