Proactive investigations reports

Download reports and media releases relating to campaigns and audits we've run.

Email us for copies of past campaign reports at: campaigns@fwo.gov.au

2021-2022

Sandwich Chefs report

Date: March 2022

Media release: Wages recovered for 214 Sandwich Chefs workers

Adelaide food precinct proactive investigation report

Date: December 2021

Media release: More than $189,000 recovered for Adelaide workers

COVID-19 hotel quarantine security report

Date: October 2021

Media release: More than $300,000 recovered for security staff

Gold Coast food precincts report

Date: September 2021

Media release: More than $200,000 recovered for Gold Coast workers

2020-2021

Soul Origin: compliance activity report

Date: November 2020

Media release: Wages recovered for Soul Origin workers

National Compliance Monitoring Report

Date: October 2020

Stadiums Contract Cleaning report

Date: October 2020

Media release: Wages recovered for stadium cleaners 

Korean FRAC report

Date: September 2020

Media release: Over $160,000 recovered in Korean worker audits

Top Juice Report

Date: September 2020

Media release: Wages recovered for Top Juice Workers

National Food and Retail Revisit report

Date: September 2020

Media release: Over $1.2 million recovered for food and retail workers

Melbourne and Brisbane Food Precincts

Date: September 2020

Media release: Over $1.2 million recovered for food and retail workers

Gami Chicken: compliance activity report

Date: August 2020

Media release: Over $230,000 recovered for Gami Chicken workers

Regional University Towns - Geelong Report

Date: August 2020

Media release: Over $430,000 recovered for Geelong workers

2019 - 2020

East Coast Retail Hair and Beauty Campaign Report

Date: April 2020

Combined Campaigns Compliance Report

Date: April 2020

Workplace Basics: compliance activity report

Date: March 2020

Media release: Audits recover $1.3 million for underpaid workers

Emerging Franchises Compliance Activity Report

Date: December 2019

Media release: $730,000 recovered from popular food franchises

Food Precincts Activity Report

Date: December 2019

Media release: Over $300,000 returned to fast food, restaurant and café workers

Cleaning supply chains in Victorian Government schools: compliance activity report

Date: November 2019

Subway Compliance Activity Report

Date: October 2019

Media release: Unpaid wages recovered for Subway employees

2018 - 2019

Commonwealth Games: compliance activity outcomes

Date: June 2019

Media release: Commonwealth Games security guards underpaid

Compliance Activities in Regional Education Centres Report

Date: June 2019

Media release: Regional workers back-paid over $330,000

Combined Regional Campaigns Report

Date: May 2019

Media release: FWO recovers $580,000 in unpaid wages

FWO-ASIC Joint Audit Campaign Report

Date: May 2019

Media release: FWO recovers almost $40,000 for workers

National Remote and Regional Locations Campaign Report 

Date: January 2019 

Media release: Regional workers back-paid $190,000

Textile, Clothing and Footwear Compliance Phase Campaign Report

Date: January 2019

Media release: TCF campaign recovers $80,000 for workers

Sushi enterprises: compliance activity outcomes

Date: October 2018

Media release: FWO recovers nearly $800,000 for sushi workers in NSW, QLD and the ACT

Degani Bakery Cafe: compliance activity outcomes

Date: August 2018

Media release: Degani Bakery and Cafe compliance report

Food Precincts Activities Report

Date: July 2018 

Media release: FWO's Food Precincts campaign returns $471,904 in wages owed to hospitality workers

2017 - 2018

New South Wales Mid-West and Mid-North Campaign Report

Date: June 2018

Media release: Fair Work Ombudsman releases results of NSW audits

Darwin City and Surrounds Campaign Report

Date: June 2018

Media release: Fair Work Ombudsman releases results of Darwin audits

Adelaide CBD and Inner Metro Campaign Report

Date: June 2018

Media release: Almost half of inner Adelaide businesses fail the basics in workplace compliance checks

Western Australia - Southern Perth and Albany-Manjimup Regional Campaign Report

Date: April 2018

Media release: WA workers back-paid almost $390,000 and three businesses penalised in court following FWO campaigns

Auditing Victoria - Dandenong, Warrnambool and Otway Ranges Campaign Report

Date: April 2018

Media release: Campaigns in regional Victoria recover more than $620,000 for hundreds of workers

Caltex retail fuel outlets: compliance activity outcomes

Date: March 2018

Media release: FWO Report finds three quarters of Caltex sites breaching workplace laws

Tasmanian South-East Coast Regional Campaign Report

Date: March 2018

Media Release: A third of Tasmanian south and east coast businesses put on notice

SA Barossa, Two Wells and Gawler Regional Campaign Report

Date: March 2018

Media release: Half of Barossa businesses breaching workplace laws, campaign finds

Western Sydney Campaign Report

Date: March 2018

Media release: Western Sydney campaign reveals high rates of unlawful workplaces

Inquiry into the procurement of cleaners in Tasmanian supermarkets report

Date: February 2018

Media release: Fair Work Ombudsman Inquiry uncovers rampant exploitation of Woolworths cleaners

NT Alice Springs - Barkley Regional Campaign Report

Date: February 2018

Media release: Increased compliance but still room for improvement among Northern Territory businesses

Southern ACT Regional Campaign Report

Date: January 2018

Media release: Southern ACT businesses on notice after campaign finds pay slip and wage rate breaches

ACT Compliance Monitoring Campaign Report

Date: December 2017

Media release: 40 per cent of ACT businesses fail second chance

National Health Care and Social Assistance Campaign Report

Date: November 2017

Media release: Higher compliance rates but still cause for concern in Healthcare sector

Far North Queensland Campaign Report

Date: July 2017

Media release: More than $140,000 recovered for local workers in Far North Queensland campaign

2016 - 2017

National Compliance Monitoring Campaign Report

Date: June 2017

Media release: Fair Work Ombudsman intervention leads to improved compliance, national campaign shows

Textile, Clothing and Footwear Education Phase Campaign Report

Date: May 2017

Media release: Campaign finds little awareness of pay rates for clothing manufacturing workers

United Petroleum retail fuel outlets: Summary of compliance activity outcomes

Date: April 2017

Media release: Fair Work Ombudsman report reveals widespread worker exploitation at United Petroleum outlets

National Apprenticeship Campaign Report

Date: March 2017

Media release: Campaign highlights underpayment of apprentices

Pizza Hut franchisee delivery drivers: Summary of compliance activity findings

Date: January 2017 

Media release: Fair Work Ombudsman report reveals non-compliance in major fast-food franchise

FWO - ASIC Joint Audit Campaign 

Date: January 2017

Media release: Joint campaign by FWO and ASIC proves a success

Central Queensland regional campaign

Date: July 2016

Media release: Central Queensland regional campaign results

2015 - 2016

Tasmania regional campaign

Date: June 2016

Media release: Tasmania regional campaign results

Records and resources campaign

Date: June 2016

Media release: Almost three quarters of businesses comply with record-keeping and pay-slip obligations

Northern ACT regional campaign

Date: May 2016

Media release: ACT campaign returns $16k to local workers

SA Limestone Coast regional campaign

Date: May 2016

Media release: $23 000 back-pay for Limestone Coast workers

Victoria Loddon/Elmore and Campaspe regional campaign

Date: May 2016

Media release: $80,000 back-pay for regional workers

Western Australia - Gascoyne/Mid-West regional campaign

Date: May 2016

Media release: Gascoyne and Mid-West campaign results

Hobart NW regional campaign

Date: March 2016

Media release: Tick of approval for most Hobart businesses

National cleaning services compliance campaign

Date: March 2016

Media release: Cleaning industry compliance needs to improve 

National hospitality industry campaign - Takeaway Foods

Date: March 2016

Media release:  Half-a-million dollar top-up for pay packets of hundreds of take-away food workers

Victorian compliance campaign

Date: February 2016

Tasmanian compliance campaign

Date: February 2016

SA / WA / NT compliance campaign

Date: February 2016

National building and construction industry campaign

Date: July 2015

Media release: Building and construction campaign results

2014 - 2015

National hospitality industry campaign (Restaurants, Cafes and Catering)

Date: June 2015

Media release: Restaurant, cafe and catering service workers share more than $1.2 million back-pay

Motor vehicle retailing campaign - 2013/14

Date: June 2015

National children's services campaign - 2013/14

Date: May 2015

Media release: $438,000 back-pay for child-care workers

Alice Springs education and compliance campaign

Date:  April 2015

Media release: Employers urged to pay greater attention to wage rates after 200 Alice Springs workers underpaid

National cleaning industry follow up campaign 2012-2013

Date: February 2015

SA/WA/NT retail campaign 2014

Date: December 2014

Media release:

Victorian retail bakeries campaign 2013/2014

Date: December 2014

Media release: Retail bakeries urged to check wage rates

Tamworth/Armidale records and pay slips campaign 2013

Date: September 2014

Media release: High marks for Tamworth and Armidale employers

QLD Townsville records and pay slips campaign 2013

Date: September 2014

Media release: High marks for Townsville employers

WA Enterprise Agreement campaign 2013/2014

Date: August 2014

Media release: Results of WA enterprise agreement campaign

Eastern Seaboard Live production industry campaign 2013

Date: July 2014

Media release: Results of live production industry campaign

TAS Young hospitality and visa workers campaign 2011/2012

Date: July 2014

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