2019 media releases

MADE Establishment signs undertaking
18 Jul 2019
A major Melbourne restaurant company has back-paid workers over $7.8 million in wages and superannuation and faces ongoing regulatory scrutiny, after entering into a Court-Enforceable Undertaking with the Fair Work Ombudsman.
FWO takes action alleging underpayment of nanny
17 Jul 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched proceedings in the Federal Court alleging that Sydney businessman, Kit Antony (Tony) Lam, underpaid a Filipino nanny and domestic worker up to $155,178.
Bundaberg businesses audited
11 Jul 2019
Fair Work inspectors are today completing audits of about 40 businesses in Queensland’s Wide Bay region, following concerns that employers in the horticulture sectors may be breaching workplace laws.
$243,000 penalties for underpayments, false records
8 Jul 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured penalties of $243,000 against the operators of several retail fruit and vegetable and flower stores across Melbourne for underpaying workers, non-compliant record keeping and falsifying employment records.
Chinese student underpaid nearly $13,000
5 Jul 2019
A Sydney horticulture labour-hire company will back-pay $12,933 to a Chinese student after a Fair Work Ombudsman investigation uncovered multiple breaches of workplace laws.
Sushi operator penalised for underpayments
4 Jul 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured $124,416 in penalties against the operator of a chain of sushi outlets for deliberately underpaying migrant workers in Canberra.
Penalty for underpayment of Sydney security guards
3 Jul 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured a penalty of $39,090 against a former Sydney security company operator for underpaying dozens of security guards.
New minimum wage kicks in today
1 Jul 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) is reminding employers that the national minimum wage has today increased to $19.49 per hour (up from $18.93), or $740.80 per week (up from $719.20).
FWO discontinues legal action against Foodora
21 Jun 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has discontinued its legal action against food delivery company Foodora Australia Pty Ltd (Foodora) after the company ceased operations in Australia in August 2018.
Commonwealth Games security guards underpaid
21 Jun 2019
Ten security guards from the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games have received more than $24,000 in unpaid wages, following a Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) audit of security providers for the event.
Melbourne cafes back-pay 26 workers
14 Jun 2019
The operators of cafes in Richmond and Brunswick have back-paid 26 employees $24,947 and will be under close scrutiny for three years after a Fair Work Ombudsman investigation.
Regional workers back-paid over $330,000
13 Jun 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has recovered $331,386 in wages for 725 underpaid workers after conducting surprise audits in Albury-Wodonga, Ballarat and Wollongong.
Uber Australia investigation finalised
7 Jun 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has completed its investigation relating to Uber Australia Pty Ltd (Uber Australia) and its engagement of drivers.
FWO launches 2019-20 priorities
3 Jun 2019
Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker today announced the regulator’s priorities for the year ahead, which will direct the agency’s compliance work and enforcement outcomes.
Sushi operators penalised more than $380,000
3 Jun 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured $383,616 in penalties against the operators of three ‘Tokyo Sushi’ outlets in regional New South Wales for underpaying workers over $70,000.
Geelong businesses under FWO microscope
31 May 2019
Fair Work Inspectors today completed surprise audits of around 80 businesses in the university suburbs of Geelong, following intelligence that employers in the area were at risk of breaching workplace laws.
Melbourne toy retailer faces increased penalties
29 May 2019
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced its first legal action under the serious contravention provisions of the Protecting Vulnerable Workers laws, for the alleged underpayment of workers selling Christmas toys.
Software companies sign up to FWO scrutiny
28 May 2019
Two Sydney businesses have back-paid two visa holders a total of $34,429 as part of a Court-Enforceable Undertaking (EU) with the Fair Work Ombudsman.
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

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