2019 media releases

Court action over alleged underpayments in Cairns
14 Nov 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against the operators of two food outlets in northern Queensland, alleging they underpaid 18 workers, including teenagers, a total of $13,913.
FWO audits Top Juice outlets
12 Nov 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman today carried out surprise audits of 17 Top Juice outlets in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the ACT to check compliance with Australia’s workplace laws.
Crust pizza franchisee discriminated against migrant workers
4 Nov 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured $104,000 in penalties against the operators of a Crust Gourmet Pizza franchise outlet in Hobart after they discriminated against four migrant workers by paying them much less than Australian employees.
Adelaide Oval and Gabba cleaning contractors audited
31 Oct 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has conducted surprise audits of cleaning arrangements at the Adelaide Oval and Brisbane’s Gabba this week.
FWO responds to Woolworths’ self-disclosure
30 Oct 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman is shocked that yet another large, publicly listed company has today admitted to breaching Australia’s workplace laws on a massive scale.
Coffee Club franchisee to back-pay migrant worker
29 Oct 2019
The operators of a western Sydney café will back-pay a casual waitress $36,745 and overhaul its workplace practices, after signing a Court-Enforceable Undertaking with the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Melbourne dental operators penalised
25 Oct 2019
The former operators of a Melbourne dental practice have been penalised a total of $73,000 for underpaying a visa holder tens of thousands of dollars, following legal action by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Café allegedly paid workers in food and drink
23 Oct 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in Court against the operators of a Brisbane café that allegedly partially paid some of its employees in food and drink.
FWO recovers $40 million for workers
22 Oct 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman’s 2018-19 Annual Report reveals a significant increase in recovered wages, record visits to our resources and firm enforcement of workplace laws.
Family services organisation to back-pay workers
15 Oct 2019
North Queensland organisation Catalyst Child and Family Services Ltd will back-pay workers approximately $200,000 after breaching Australia’s workplace laws.
Café-restaurant operator faces court
10 Oct 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the former operators of the Fair Espresso Central Market café-restaurant in the Adelaide CBD.
Westside Petroleum penalised for underpayments
4 Oct 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured $57,000 in penalties in Court against major service station chain Westside Petroleum and three of its management staff for underpaying 22 employees a total of $62,393.
Restaurant allegedly underpaid visa worker $150k
3 Oct 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against the operators of the Blue Moon Restaurant in western Sydney, alleging they underpaid an Indian worker they were sponsoring on a 457 skilled worker visa more than $150,000.
$40,000 penalties after pilots underpaid
2 Oct 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured penalties of $40,260 against operators of a scenic and commercial helicopter flights business in regional Western Australia that underpaid two pilots.
Unpaid wages recovered for Subway employees
1 Oct 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has recovered $81,638.82 in unpaid wages for 167 current and previous employees, following investigations into 22 Subway franchisees.
United Petroleum faces court
27 Sep 2019
The FWO has commenced legal action in the Federal Court against United Petroleum Pty Ltd (United Petroleum), alleging the company failed to produce documents when it was legally required to do so.
Operators of Barry Cafe face court
26 Sep 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against the company that operates ‘Barry Café’, in the Melbourne suburb of Northcote, and two of its directors, alleging they underpaid 73 workers more than $180,000.
Sunglass Hut to back-pay 620 workers
24 Sep 2019
Sunglass Hut will back-pay $2.3 million to employees after breaching Australia’s workplace laws and underpaying 620 staff at stores across the country.
Penalties for Filipino ‘two-for-one’ wage deal
24 Sep 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured $280,000 in penalties in the Federal Circuit Court against the operators of two motels in NSW and Victoria for breaches of workplace laws including underpaying two Filipino workers a total of more than $134,000.
FWO audits cleaning operations at Optus Stadium
23 Sep 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman conducted a surprise audit of the cleaning arrangements at Perth’s Optus Stadium on Sunday following the WAFL Grand Final between Subiaco and South Fremantle.
The Ironing Shop franchisee faces court
20 Sep 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against the operators of four ‘The Ironing Shop’ outlets in Brisbane, alleging they paid a Chinese national wages as low as $8 an hour and falsified records.
FWO files special leave application in Marland Mushrooms case
19 Sep 2019
On 13 September 2019, the Fair Work Ombudsman filed an application in the High Court of Australia seeking special leave to appeal against the split decision of the Full Federal Court in Fair Work Ombudsman v Hu [2019] FCAFC 133.
Moreton Bay targeted in FWO compliance activity
19 Sep 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced a series of targeted audits of 19 farms and businesses in the Moreton Bay region, north of Brisbane, following concerns that employers may be breaching workplace laws.
Coffee Club franchisee faces court
17 Sep 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against the operator of a Coffee Club outlet in Victoria, alleging they underpaid two young workers a total of more than $15,000 and provided false records to inspectors.
Kids clothing retailer faces court
13 Sep 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced court action against a retailer that allegedly underpaid four Chinese migrants over $140,000 and breached Protecting Vulnerable Worker laws, including by committing serious contraventions and hindering-or-obstructing Fair Work inspectors.

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