2006 media releases

The media releases in this section come from the former Workplace Ombudsman (WO) and the Office of Workplace Services (OWS), which governed workplace relations in Australia prior to 1 July 2009. We have archived them for historical purposes.

Young People in the Workplace Campaign Launched by OWS
20 Dec 2006
The Office of Workplace Services (OWS) has launched a pilot compliance and auditing campaign focussing on young people in the workplace.
OWS Gets ‘first-time’ Penalties Awarded under WorkChoices
14 Dec 2006
The Magistrates Court of Victoria has for the first time, since WorkChoices came into effect, awarded penalties against an employer for breaches, investigated by the OWS, of the Workplace Relations Act 1996 (the Act).
Compliance Campaigns Lead to OWS Litigations
4 Dec 2006
The Federal Magistrates Court, Canberra, will today – Monday, 4 December 2006 – hold the directions hearing for Telluride Pty Ltd (trading as the Holy Grail - Civic).
National Hospitality Industry Campaign Launched by OWS
29 Nov 2006
The Office of Workplace Services (OWS) has launched a national education and compliance campaign in the hospitality industry.
Duress Not On Says OWS: Tassie Inn Taken to Court
22 Nov 2006
The Office of Workplace Services (OWS) has initiated litigation proceedings against Mornington Inn Pty Ltd trading as The Mornington Inn, in Tasmania.
Court & Penalties the Only Option
17 Nov 2006
The Office of Workplace Services (OWS) is initiating legal action in the Victorian Magistrates Court against four Victorian employers.
OWS Refers Legal Matters for Criminal Prosecution
16 Nov 2006
The Office of Workplace Services (OWS) has referred a number of legal matters to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) following an investigation of underpayment of workers at hotels owned and operated by the Hibberd and Prescott group; including the Club Hotel and the Granada Tavern.
OWS Reports to Senate Committee on First Six Months
2 Nov 2006
Appearing before the Senate Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee the OWS reported on its first six months of operations under the Workplace Relations Act 1996 (the Act).
OWS Initiates Legal Proceedings: Holy Grail not so holy
1 Nov 2006
The OWS filed proceedings in the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia on 31 October 2006 seeking penalties against an ACT company, Squaw Valley Pty ltd, trading as The Holy Grail Restaurant and Bar (Kingston-ACT).
Whopping $650K recovered
31 Oct 2006
The Office of Workplace Services (OWS) has recovered $650,972.00 in wages owing from Hunan Industrial Equipment Ltd on behalf of 38 employees, for the six months between March and October 2006.

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