2021 media releases

Former La Porchetta franchisee in court
16 Apr 2021
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the former operator of a La Porchetta pizza outlet in Wagga Wagga, NSW.
Adelaide Chinatown eateries face workplace audits
15 Apr 2021
The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) is making surprise visits to restaurants, cafés and fast food outlets in Adelaide’s Chinatown precinct this week, including the Adelaide Central Market.
Two Subway franchisees in court
13 Apr 2021
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operators of two Subway outlets in Adelaide.
Over $580,000 recovered for Hobart workers
1 Apr 2021
The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has recovered $582,450 in wages for 376 underpaid workers after auditing Hobart’s ‘cheap eats’ food precincts.
Hobart café operators in court
1 Apr 2021
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operators of a Hobart café.
Only About Children signs Enforceable Undertaking
30 Mar 2021
Childcare company Only About Children Pty Ltd is back-paying employees more than $1.5 million and has entered into an Enforceable Undertaking (EU) with the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Disability service workers back-paid
29 Mar 2021
The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has recovered $43,204 in unpaid wages for 322 workers following an investigation into National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) service providers in NSW and Victoria.
WA hotel operator in court
25 Mar 2021
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operators of a hotel in regional Western Australia.
Electrical services business penalised
23 Mar 2021
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured $12,500 in penalties in court against an electrical services business based in Brisbane.
Central Coast hair salon operator in court
19 Mar 2021
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operator of a hair salon in the Central Coast region of New South Wales.
Penalties for underpayment of Sydney nanny
15 Mar 2021
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured $37,500 in penalties in court after a domestic worker and nanny in Sydney was underpaid by $93,235 in one year.
Breakthru signs Enforceable Undertaking
12 Mar 2021
Disability services provider Breakthru Ltd is back-paying employees more than $2.7 million and has entered into an Enforceable Undertaking (EU) with the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Nearly $390,000 recovered for security guards
5 Mar 2021
The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has recovered $389,982 in unpaid wages for 163 security guards following an investigation into 19 security businesses in Queensland.
Former Chatime franchisee and directors penalised
4 Mar 2021
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured $57,800 in penalties in court against a former Chatime bubble tea franchisee in Sydney that underpaid 17 workers through its use of unlawfully low flat rates.
FWO takes action against CFMMEU
1 Mar 2021
The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has commenced legal action in the Federal Court against the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union of Australia (CFMMEU) and five of its officials for alleged adverse action and coercion at a Queensland mine.
Former copper mine operator penalised
1 Mar 2021
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured $23,750 in penalties in court against the former operator of a copper mine in far north Queensland.
Italian restaurant operators in court
26 Feb 2021
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operators of a restaurant in Melbourne.
Food truck business in court
25 Feb 2021
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operators of a Melbourne business that builds custom food trailers, vans and trucks.
Medical centre in court
24 Feb 2021
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operators of a medical centre in northern Melbourne.
Former Sydney café operator in court
22 Feb 2021
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the former operators of a Sydney café.
Perth mat manufacturer penalised
19 Feb 2021
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured $30,870 in penalties in court against the operators of a Perth manufacturer of custom-fit floor, boot and cargo mats for vehicles.
IT services business in court
16 Feb 2021
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operators of an IT services business in Melbourne.
Melbourne retailer penalised for deliberate breaches
12 Feb 2021
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured a total of $256,000 in penalties in court, including for five ‘serious contraventions’ under the Protecting Vulnerable Workers laws, against a Melbourne toy retailer company and its director for deliberately underpaying migrant employees.
Dental clinic operator in court
11 Feb 2021
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operator of a dental clinic in Victoria.
Over $200,000 penalties for former petrol station operators
10 Feb 2021
The former operators of a petrol station on the NSW Central Coast who underpaid two migrant workers must pay $210,000 in penalties after their appeal was dismissed by the Federal Court.

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