Strong compliance rate for SA food outlets

18 August 2011

Almost 90 per cent of food outlets randomly audited in South Australia are complying with workplace laws, the Fair Work Ombudsman revealed today.

Fair Work inspectors recently checked the books of 237 businesses throughout Adelaide, Mount Gambier and Whyalla.

They visited butcher shops, poultry shops, bakeries, fast food outlets, coffee stalls, coffee shops, fish and chip shops, restaurants and chicken shops.

Areas targeted included Unley Road, Unley; Belair Road, Hawthorn; King William Road, Hyde Park; The Parade, Norwood; Jetty Road, Glenelg and shopping strips in both Mount Gambier and Whyalla.

Fair Work inspectors found that 207 businesses (87 per cent) were complying with their workplace obligations.

Twenty-nine businesses (13 per cent) were found to have payslip contraventions, 24 in metropolitan Adelaide and five in Mount Gambier.

One business remains under investigation.

Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson says the results are encouraging and those employers with breaches have now corrected them and put measures in place to ensure they are not repeated.

In the lead-up to Christmas, Fair Work inspectors are making educational visits to 1000 small and medium-size Adelaide businesses, including travel agents, doctors and dentists, retail, hospitality, personal services, office administration and child care.

Workers or employers seeking support should get in touch with the Fair Work Ombudsman via the website - - or call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. A free interpreter service is available on 13 14 50.

The website has a number of tools and resources including PayCheck, Payroll Check, a Pay Rate Calculator and an Award Finder to help business-owners calculate the correct pay for their employees.

Free documentation is available Online for employers to use when hiring, managing and dismissing staff including letters of engagement and probation, timesheet and pay slip templates, leave application forms, a self-audit check list and workplace complaint form.

Follow the Fair Work Ombudsman on Twitter @fairwork_gov_au external-icon.png.

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Cameron Jackson, Media Adviser, Media and Stakeholder Relations
0457 924 146

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