2017 media releases

Fair Work Ombudsman targets businesses in Melbourne’s inner eastern suburbs
20 Nov 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman’s latest proactive compliance and education campaign is targeting at least 200 businesses in Melbourne’s inner east.
FWO secures first accessorial liability penalties against an accounting firm
18 Nov 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman has for the first time used accessorial liability laws to obtain penalties against a professional services firm for knowingly helping one of its clients exploit a vulnerable worker.
HR manager among those penalised almost $400,000 for “systematic” exploitation at restaurant
17 Nov 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured almost $400,000 in penalties against a company and three individuals – including an HR manager – for systematically exploiting overseas workers at a Chinese restaurant in NSW and fabricating records to try to cover it up.
FWO alleges contempt of court for first time
16 Nov 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman has alleged contempt of court by a Northern Queensland business operator by contravening a freezing order that applies to funds in his company’s accounts.
Hobart restaurant operator allegedly underpaid vulnerable international students
15 Nov 2017
The former operator of a Tasmanian restaurant is facing Court for allegedly underpaying vulnerable workers, despite having been put on notice to pay minimum wage rates.
More than $150,000 in penalties for “deliberate” underpayment of café and deli staff
15 Nov 2017
The former operators of a café and a delicatessen in Western Australia’s South-West have been penalised more than $150,000 for deliberately underpaying employees, after eight workers were found to have been short-changed a total of $20,036.
Sham contracting arrangement results in penalty for Melbourne bike courier service
14 Nov 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured a total of $72,000 in penalties against two companies after deliberate sham contracting activity resulted in a bicycle courier in Melbourne being underpaid more than $7000.
New tools empower young workers to stand up for their workplace rights
13 Nov 2017
Young workers and apprentices will be better equipped to stand up for their rights in the workplace with new resources released today through a partnership between the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Foundation for Young Australians.
Higher compliance rates but still cause for concern in Healthcare sector
10 Nov 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman’s National Healthcare and Social Assistance campaign has recovered more than $100,000 for 193 workers across the industry.
Gippsland workers back-paid more than $21,000
8 Nov 2017
Twenty one workers across Victoria’s Gippsland region have been back-paid more than $21,000 in wages and entitlements after intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Multi-tasking backpacker back-paid more than $18,800
6 Nov 2017
A backpacker who worked as a restaurant manager, chef, waiter and bookkeeper at a restaurant in Hobart has been back-paid $18,812 in outstanding wages and entitlements.
Global SIM card provider back in Court after alleged failure to get message
3 Nov 2017
The Australian arm of a global mobile SIM card provider that was penalised $59,400 for exploiting migrant workers is again facing legal action after the alleged underpayment of an employee at its NSW headquarters in Parramatta.
More in-language resources now online to help migrant workers understand their rights
2 Nov 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman is making a difference for new arrivals to Australia with the development of six videos to help visa holders understand their workplace rights.
Brisbane burger outlet operators allegedly exploited young overseas workers
1 Nov 2017
The operators of two Miel Container gourmet burger outlets in Brisbane are facing the Federal Circuit Court after 11 overseas workers were allegedly paid flat rates as low as $10 an hour, resulting in more than $155,000 in underpayments.
Melbourne manufacturing company commits to change after underpaying steelworkers $100K
31 Oct 2017
Seven Melbourne workers will be repaid more than $100,000 after the Fair Work Ombudsman executed an enforceable undertaking with an Altona-based manufacturing company.
$306,000 penalty for Perth cleaning operators who underpaid overseas workers
30 Oct 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured near-record WA penalties of $306,000 against a cleaning company that failed to pay a number of young overseas workers anything for work at a Perth hotel.
Fair Work Ombudsman’s 2016/17 Annual Report now available
24 Oct 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman’s annual report for the 2016/17 financial year has been tabled in the Commonwealth Parliament.
Fair Work Ombudsman continues to set the bar for gender equity in briefing practices
24 Oct 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman has allocated more than half of its legal work to female barristers for the fourth year in a row, continuing to set an example as a best practice employer in equitable briefing practices.
$70,000 in penalties after overseas workers’ vulnerability deliberately exploited
23 Oct 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured more than $70,000 in penalties against the former operators of a hair products retailing business for ignoring prior warnings and deliberately exploiting vulnerable overseas workers in Melbourne.
$284,000 in penalties after “heinous” conduct at Gold Coast restaurant
19 Oct 2017
The operators of a Gold Coast restaurant have been penalised more than $284,000 and criticised by a Judge for their “heinous” conduct after paying overseas workers as little as $8 an hour and using false records to try to cover it up.
Businesses urged to avoid increased penalties for record-keeping breaches
18 Oct 2017
Maximum penalties for businesses that breach record-keeping laws have recently doubled and the Fair Work Ombudsman is helping operators reduce their risk of being exposed to big fines with the release of a new online training course.
7-Eleven franchisee in court after allegedly dismissing worker who refused cash-back
18 Oct 2017
A 7-Eleven Franchisee in Brisbane is facing court for allegedly dismissing a worker by removing him from the roster after he refused his employer’s request to repay an amount he had been paid.
Young workers, visa holders back-paid more than $70,000 by Brisbane businesses
13 Oct 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman has assisted 22 workers employed by businesses in Brisbane to recover $73,279 in unpaid wages and entitlements.
Fair Work Ombudsman compliance partnership with Woolworths a new benchmark in supply chain governance
11 Oct 2017
A new standard in labour supply chain governance has been set with the signing of a Proactive Compliance Deed between Woolworths Ltd and the Fair Work Ombudsman, covering the supermarket giant’s procurement of trolley collection services.
Fair Work Ombudsman discusses new laws with franchising sector
9 Oct 2017
With less than three weeks until new laws making some franchises and holding companies liable for underpayment of workers take effect, the Fair Work Ombudsman has cautioned the industry against being complacent.

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