Media release

29 July 2011

Fair Work inspectors to make educational visits to employers in Sydney’s northern suburbs

The Fair Work Ombudsman will make educational visits to about 150 businesses in Sydney’s northern suburbs over the next four months.

Fair Work inspectors will be providing information packs to employers previously covered by the NSW industrial relations system but who are now under the national workplace relations system.

Between August and December, inspectors will visit employers in Avalon, Curl Curl, Harbord, Lane Cove, Mona Vale, Palm Beach, Warriewood and Whale Beach.

Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson says the informal visits will assist employers to understand national workplace laws, including the National Employment Standards and Modern Awards.

“Information packs being distributed include helpful resources such as fact sheets, templates and Best Practice Guides – providing advice on practical steps employers can take to adjust to the federal system,” he said.

“We are very serious about our job of building knowledge and creating fairer workplaces and we are strongly focused on ensuring the community understands its workplace rights and obligations.

“The best workplace relations advice I can give to business operators is to get the basics right and everything else should start to fall into place.

“By the basics, I mean knowing what Award applies to your employees, the correct classifications and pay rates.”

The Fair Work Ombudsman provides a single point of contact for people working or running a business in Australia to get accurate and timely information about their workplace rights and obligations.

Workers or employers seeking support should get in touch with the Fair Work Ombudsman via the website – www.fairwork.gov.au - or call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. A free interpreter service is available on 13 14 50.

The website has a number of tools and resources including PayCheck, Payroll Check, a Pay Rate Calculator and an Award Finder to help business-owners calculate the correct pay for their employees.

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Media inquiries:

Cameron Jackson, Media Adviser, Media and Stakeholder Relations
0457 924 146 
cameron.jackson@fwo.gov.au

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