Fair Work inspectors target Geraldton for audits

17 March 2010

The Fair Work Ombudsman has announced plans to audit 100 businesses in Geraldton, WA, over three days next week.

A team of Fair Work inspectors will conduct the audits from March 22 to 24.

Employers will be randomly selected from a range of industries and asked to supply employment records.

Inspectors will then check to ensure employers are complying with their legal obligations in relation to record-keeping and issuing of pay slips.

Inspectors will also establish if employers are paying staff correctly.

Fair Work Ombudsman WA Director Leigh Quealy says the targeted campaign is in response to a constant stream of complaints from workers at Geraldton.

“Where we identify non-compliance issues, our preference will be to provide employers with information and assistance to help them voluntarily rectify any problems,” Mr Quealy said.

“In cases where they don’t, or where we suspect deliberate underpayments or other serious breaches have occurred, we may launch a wider investigation.”

Mr Quealy says the campaign also aims to ensure regional employers understand their legal obligations to their employees and to raise awareness of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s role.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has recently conducted a similar campaign in Kalgoorlie-Esperance and is currently conducting another in the Kimberley-Pilbara.

“We are very serious about our job of ensuring regional communities understand their rights and obligations in the workplace,” Mr Quealy said.

“It is important regional workers, along with their city counterparts, understand there is an Agency they can turn to if they have workplace concerns. Complaints can be made confidentially.”

Mr Quealy says the Fair Work Ombudsman has a range of user-friendly resources at www.fwo.gov.au to help employers comply with workplace laws and operate their workplace at best practice.

The Fair Work Ombudsman also has more than 200 highly-skilled advisers available to respond to queries from employers and workers on its Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 from 8am - 6pm weekdays.

Media inquiries:

Craig Bildstien, Director Media & Stakeholder Relations,
0419 818 484
craig.bildstien@fwo.gov.au

Ryan Pedler, Media & Stakeholder Relations Senior Adviser
(03) 9954 2561, 0434 365 924
ryan.pedler@fwo.gov.au

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