2020 media releases

Over $430,000 recovered for Geelong workers
14 Aug 2020
The FWO has recovered $431,875 in wages for 487 underpaid workers after conducting surprise audits in the Geelong area as part of its series of regional university cities proactive investigations.
Snap Fitness franchisee in court
13 Aug 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operators of a number of Snap Fitness outlets in Sydney.
Uniting signs Enforceable Undertaking
12 Aug 2020
The operator of the Uniting aged care homes is back-paying employees more than $3.3 million and has entered into an Enforceable Undertaking with the Fair Work Ombudsman.
FWO acts to enforce compliance with EU
3 Aug 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action to enforce the terms of an Enforceable Undertaking (EU) with the operator of a Sydney restaurant.
Medical institute signs Enforceable Undertaking
31 Jul 2020
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research is back-paying employees more than $350,000 after entering into an Enforceable Undertaking with the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Brisbane bakery in court
29 Jul 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operator of a retail bakery business in the Brisbane suburb of Mount Ommaney.
Bakery operators face court
24 Jul 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operators of the Bakers Boutique & Patisserie retail bakery outlets.
Former Darwin water park operator in court
23 Jul 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the former operator of the Big Buoy Waterpark at the Darwin Waterfront precinct.
Melbourne cupcake retailer faces court
17 Jul 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operators of the ‘Little Cupcakes’ stores in the Melbourne CBD for allegedly underpaying employees.
Penalties for underpayments in Cairns
17 Jul 2020
The FWO has secured $86,000 in penalties in the Federal Circuit Court against the operators of two food outlets in northern Queensland for deliberately underpaying 18 workers, including teenagers.
South Yarra restaurant faces Court
13 Jul 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against the operators of Italian eatery Gilson Restaurant in the inner Melbourne suburb of South Yarra.
FWO launches 2020-21 priorities
13 Jul 2020
Sandra Parker has announced our strategic priorities for the year ahead, which include supporting all workplaces through the COVID-19 pandemic and addressing large corporate underpayments.
Court penalises Melbourne restaurant operator
10 Jul 2020
The operator of Coburg restaurant, The Old Cop Shop, has been penalised $22,050 in Court for failing to comply with a Compliance Notice issued by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Penalty for underpayment of mushroom farm workers
9 Jul 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured a $22,440 penalty against the former owner-operator of a labour-hire company following the underpayment of 80 workers on a Queensland mushroom farm.
North Queensland restaurant in court
8 Jul 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against a North Queensland company operating Nick’s Swiss Italian Restaurant in Yungaburra.
Perth mat manufacturer faces court
3 Jul 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against a Perth manufacturer of custom-fit floor, boot and cargo mats for vehicles.
Minimum wage increases today
1 Jul 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) is reminding employers that the national minimum wage has increased today to $19.84 per hour (up from $19.49), or $753.80 per week (up from $740.80).
Former Sydney restaurant operators in court
30 Jun 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the former operators of Sandringham-based restaurant, Sails Waterfront Bar & Grill.
Former accounting firm in court
29 Jun 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the former operator of a Sydney accounting firm, UHY Sothertons Sydney Pty Ltd.
ABC signs Enforceable Undertaking
19 Jun 2020
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has back-paid over $11.9 million to more than 1,800 current and former casual staff and entered into an Enforceable Undertaking (EU) with the FWO .
Former Sydney entrepreneur penalised
18 Jun 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured $264,690 in penalties against a former Sydney entrepreneur, his wife and three companies he operated in response to employees being underpaid more than $1 million.
Cleaning company in court
9 Jun 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against Sydney-based cleaning services provider Green Clean (Aust) Pty Ltd, its sole director Michael Girowal and manager Kareena Colton.
Transport company in court
3 Jun 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against Sydney-based passenger transport company, Ambient Transport Pty Ltd.
Former Hobart restaurant operator penalised
2 Jun 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured a total of $100,000 in penalties in the Federal Circuit Court after four employees were underpaid at a Turkish restaurant in Tasmania.
Over $200,000 penalties for restaurant underpayments
1 Jun 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured penalties of $209,000 against a Melbourne restaurateur, his two companies and his in-house accountant for underpaying workers.

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