2017 media releases

New strategy to raise international students’ awareness of workplace rights
25 Sep 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman is reaching out to international students to encourage them to seek free help from the agency if they experience any issues while working in Australia.
New Fair Work laws commence today
15 Sep 2017
Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James has welcomed new laws protecting vulnerable workers coming into effect today.
Backpackers snap-up back-pay from far north Queensland croc farm
13 Sep 2017
Two overseas backpackers who were paid low, flat rates while working at a crocodile farm in far north Queensland have been back-paid more than $13,000, following an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Better protection for workers as new Fair Work law passes Parliament
6 Sep 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James has welcomed the passing of new laws that will significantly enhance its capacity to take action in cases of exploitation of vulnerable workers.
Perth curry house operator faces Court over alleged unlawful cash-back exploitation
6 Sep 2017
A former Perth restaurant operator is facing Court for allegedly requiring a Bangladeshi worker to repay thousands of dollars of his wages - and then dismissing him because he lodged a workers’ compensation claim after injuring his back at work.
Maximum penalty and CDPP referral for labour-hire operator’s “appalling” treatment of visa holder
4 Sep 2017
A Melbourne labour-hire operator who paid an apprentice overseas mechanic nothing for almost three months work has been hit with maximum penalties and referred to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.
Renewed pact reaffirms joint commitment to improving workplace compliance
1 Sep 2017
Joint efforts by the Fair Work Ombudsman and Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) to improve compliance with federal workplace laws relating to apprentices and trainees will continue under a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
Dodgy labour practices in Lockyer Valley targeted in multi-agency operation
31 Aug 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman has joined forces with Queensland Workplace Health and Safety and the Queensland police to lead a multi-agency compliance operation targeting worker exploitation in the Lockyer Valley.
$37,000 pay day for Melbourne workers
30 Aug 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman has assisted two workers in suburbs north of Melbourne to recover more than $37,000 in unpaid wages and entitlements after they contacted the agency for assistance.
Melbourne entertainment hot spots targeted in Fair Work blitz
24 Aug 2017
More than 50 restaurants, bars and cafes in some of Melbourne’s most popular entertainment precincts have received surprise visits from the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Franchisee from popular Perth restaurant chain faces Court
24 Aug 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced another legal action relating to a franchisee of the Han’s Café chain in Perth, alleging staff at an outlet in the city’s south-east were underpaid more than $67,000.
Gold Coast workers back-paid $50,000
23 Aug 2017
Three workers in Queensland’s Gold Coast region have been back-paid more than $50,000 in owed wages and entitlements after seeking assistance from the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Meatball and Wine Bar faces court for allegedly underpaying 26 workers, including visa holders
22 Aug 2017
A Melbourne restaurateur will face court after his company allegedly underpaid 26 workers including visa holders across three of his restaurants, despite having received professional advice on its wage obligations.
Farming waste company promises compliance step-up after underpaying workers nearly $94,000
18 Aug 2017
A farming waste company in regional NSW that underpaid 16 truck drivers nearly $94,000 is back-paying the workers and overhauling its workplace practices, following intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Workplace audits indicate room for improvement for small businesses in the Kimberley
17 Aug 2017
Spot checks of several small businesses in Broome in Western Australia’s Kimberley region have recovered $8643 in owed wages for local workers.
Pizza Hut franchisee underpaid staff almost $20,000
11 Aug 2017
The franchisee of a Pizza Hut outlet at Newcastle, in NSW, underpaid 24 employees a total of almost $20,000, an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman has found.
New guides to help apprentices get off to a good start
9 Aug 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched two new guides to assist apprentices and their employers to understand their rights and obligations in the workplace.
Compliance checks for 200 businesses in South Australia’s South East region
8 Aug 2017
At least 200 businesses in and around Mount Gambier, Renmark and Murray Bridge are being audited as part of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s latest education and compliance campaign.
Court action after young journalists allegedly underpaid more than $300,000
4 Aug 2017
A company that operates news websites covering regional Queensland is facing the Federal Circuit Court for allegedly underpaying 23 young journalists more than $300,000 over a period of less than 18 months.
Record penalty of $660,000 for fruit market operator after refugee goes without pay for weeks
2 Aug 2017
Record penalties of more than $660,000 have been awarded against the former owner of a Melbourne fruit market and his company which deliberately ignored warnings about required pay rates and did not pay a refugee worker any wages for weeks.
Sushi operator allegedly underpaid vulnerable workers in regional NSW
1 Aug 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against the operators of three ‘Tokyo Sushi’ outlets in NSW for allegedly underpaying workers more than $70,000.
Migrant workers can now anonymously report workplace issues in their own language
31 Jul 2017
The Fair Work Ombudsman is making it easier for migrant workers to report workplace concerns to the agency by launching its popular Anonymous Report function in 16 languages other than English.
Labour-hire operator penalised for flouting laws relating to overseas workers on Queensland farms
26 Jul 2017
A Queensland labour-hire company and its manager have been penalised a total of more than $84,000 after flouting record-keeping and pay slip laws relating to vulnerable foreign workers, despite having previously been cautioned by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
More than $100,000 in unpaid wages and entitlements recovered for Perth workers
26 Jul 2017
Intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman to assist employees and employers to resolve workplace disputes has resulted in more than $100,000 back-pay for 41 workers across Perth.
Deliberate and systemic underpayments lead to penalties against a former 7-Eleven operator
25 Jul 2017
A former Brisbane 7-Eleven operator has been hit with $168,000 in penalties for short-changing workers and falsifying records to conceal the underpayments.

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