2019 media releases

FWO recovers $580,000 in unpaid wages
24 May 2019
Nearly 1,000 workers in regional Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria have been back paid more than $580,000 after Fair Work Inspectors uncovered widespread non-compliance with Australia’s workplace laws.
Swan Hill fruit farmer penalised
23 May 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured $144,000 in penalties against a fruit farmer for deliberately underpaying two Malaysian fruit pickers and using false records to try to cover it up.
Melbourne café to back-pay workers
22 May 2019
The operator of an inner Melbourne café has entered into a Court-Enforceable Undertaking (EU) after the Fair Work Ombudsman found it had underpaid 32 workers a total of $37,520.
Trolley collectors protected under new agreement
17 May 2019
Australia’s largest trolley collection company United Trolley Collections (UTC) has renewed a compliance partnership with the Fair Work Ombudsman to ensure trolley collectors’ workplace rights are protected.
FWO recovers almost $40,000 for workers
10 May 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has recovered wages for 99 underpaid Melbourne workers in a joint campaign with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).
Sydney printing business faces Court
8 May 2019
A Sydney printing finishing business and its operator will face the Federal Circuit Court for allegedly failing to satisfy the requirements of a Compliance Notice issued to it by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Hobart massage centres back-pay workers
6 May 2019
The operator of three massage centres in Hobart will overhaul its workplace practices after the Fair Work Ombudsman found it underpaid 22 employees a total of $39,830
Agri-Labour to pay migrant workers $50,000
23 Apr 2019
A labour-hire company will change the way it pays its workforce after a Fair Work Ombudsman investigation found it had failed to correctly compensate tomato pickers on a farm near Shepparton for their individual work.
Queensland electrical contractor penalised almost $40,000
18 Apr 2019
A Queensland electrical contracting company and its director have been penalised for ignoring a Fair Work Commission order to compensate an employee who was unfairly dismissed, following action by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
FWO audits Gami Chicken stores
11 Apr 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman is conducting surprise audits of popular Korean fried chicken franchise Gami Chicken and Beer today, after receiving concerning requests for assistance from employees.
Massage parlour operator faces court
11 Apr 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against a Victorian massage parlour operator, alleging it underpaid a Chinese worker more than $13,000 and provided false records to inspectors.
Former Chatime franchisee faces court
4 Apr 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against a former Chatime bubble tea franchisee in Sydney, alleging it underpaid 17 workers more than $46,000.
Restaurant operator facing Court for alleged compensation breach
29 Mar 2019
The operator of an Indian restaurant in Sydney is facing Court for allegedly breaching a Fair Work Commission order by failing to pay compensation to a visa holder it unfairly dismissed.
Melbourne Chinese restaurant faces Court
26 Mar 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has commenced legal action against the former operator of a Melbourne restaurant, alleging it underpaid a migrant employee almost $70,000 and provided false records to inspectors during the investigation.
NSW service station chain faces court
25 Mar 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against a major service station chain for allegedly underpaying 22 employees $62,393 at sites across regional NSW.
Sydney PappaRich franchise operator faces Court
22 Mar 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against a PappaRich restaurant operator, alleging he was involved in underpaying 154 workers $74,000 across three PappaRich outlets in Sydney.
Indian restaurant back-pays 22 workers
15 Mar 2019
An Indian restaurant on the Gold Coast has signed up to a Court Enforceable Undertaking (EU) that will significantly improve its workplace practices, after the Fair Work Ombudsman found it underpaid workers a total of $54,470.
Brisbane teenager allegedly unpaid for 150 hours
7 Mar 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against the former operator of a Sunshine Coast-based business, alleging he failed to pay an 18-year-old labourer.
Subway franchisee penalised $65,000
4 Mar 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured $65,438 in penalties in Court against the former franchisee of two Subway outlets in Sydney for underpaying a Chinese worker more than $16,000.
Fashion start-up penalised over unpaid internship
1 Mar 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured a total of $329,133 in penalties in Court against a fashion industry start-up for underpaying three workers more than $40,000, including by purportedly engaging one of the workers as an unpaid intern when she was, in fact, a part-time employee.
Brisbane restaurant back-pays workers
22 Feb 2019
A Thai restaurant in the Brisbane CBD will overhaul its workplace practices after the Fair Work Ombudsman found it underpaid three international students a total of $27,164.
Former Caltex franchisee penalised $77,000
15 Feb 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured total penalties of $77,708 against a former Sydney Caltex franchisee who falsified wage records for migrant workers.
Sydney hair salon ordered to pay $77,000 in penalties
12 Feb 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured more than $77,000 in penalties against the operator of a Sydney hair salon for underpaying a teenage apprentice in her first job more than $14,000.
Sushi outlets allegedly underpaid workers $694,000
8 Feb 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has commenced legal action against the operators of three Hero Sushi takeaway outlets for allegedly underpaying 94 workers and allegedly creating false records to provide to Fair Work Inspectors during their investigation.
Over $250,000 in penalties for café underpayments
4 Feb 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has secured $257,000 in penalties against a company and its director that underpaid 54 workers at a 24-hour café in Melbourne’s Crown Casino precinct.

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