Fair Work inspectors to make educational visits to Far North Queensland employers

12 July 2010

The Fair Work Ombudsman will make educational visits to about 180 businesses in Cairns Port Douglas and Mareeba, Queensland, over the next three months.

Fair Work inspectors will doorknock 60 businesses each month to provide information packs to employers who have entered the national workplace relations system.   

Inspectors will also be making visits to 180 Townsville and Ingram businesses and a further 60 in Ayr and Home Hill over the same three-month period.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says the informal visits are aimed at assisting employers to understand changes to national workplace laws, including the introduction of the National Employment Standards and Modern Awards.

The information packs include helpful resources such as fact sheets, templates and Best Practice Guides and provide advice about practical steps employers can take to adjust to the new system.

This year, the Fair Work Ombudsman will make educational visits to 10,000 employers in Queensland, 10,000 in NSW, 5000 in South Australia and 1000 in Tasmania. There will be additional visits in 2011 and 2012.

“We are very serious about our job of building knowledge and creating fairer workplaces and we are strongly focused on ensuring the community understands its workplace rights and obligations,” Mr Campbell said.

“The best advice I can give to business operators is to get the basics right and everything else should start to fall into place.

“By the basics, I mean knowing what Award applies to your employees, what the correct classifications for your employees are and what pay rates apply.”

The Fair Work Ombudsman has a number of tools on its website - www.fwo.gov.au - to assist employees and employers to check minimum rates of pay, including PayCheck, Payroll Check and a Pay Rate Calculator.

Small to medium-sized businesses without human resources staff can also ensure they are better equipped when hiring, managing and dismissing employees by using free template employment documentation with step-by-step instructions or accessing a series of Best Practice Guides.

Employers or employees seeking assistance or further information can also contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 from 8am-6pm weekdays. For translations, call 13 14 50.

The Fair Work Ombudsman promotes harmonious, productive and co-operative workplaces. It also monitors compliance and investigates breaches of national workplace laws.

Media inquiries:

Richard Honey, Adviser, Media & Stakeholder Relations,
(03) 9954 2716, 0457 924 146
richard.honey@fwo.gov.au

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