Clothing manufacturers the focus of next round of Queensland workplace visits

19 August 2011

The Fair Work Ombudsman announced today that inspectors will visit up to 300 clothing manufacturing businesses in Queensland between now and Christmas.

Fair Work inspectors will check to ensure the businesses are paying employees correctly, maintaining appropriate employment records and that payslips are being issued and are in order.

In particular, inspectors are keen to ensure that outworkers - those who work on garments away from the business premises - are receiving their full and proper entitlements.

It is believed many outworkers are migrant workers who may not be fully aware of their rights under Australian workplace laws.

The Fair Work Ombudsman provides a single point of contact for people working or running a business in Australia to get accurate and timely information about their workplace rights and obligations.

Workers or employers seeking support should get in touch with the Fair Work Ombudsman via the website - www.fairwork.gov.au - or call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94.

A free interpreter service is available on 13 14 50 and the website has information translated into 27 different languages.

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.

The Fair Work Ombudsman recently launched a number of Online videos to assist foreign workers understand their workplace rights and entitlements.

The short videos - available at www.youtube.com/fairworkgovau external-icon.png - are presented by native speakers of Mandarin, Cantonese, Indonesian, Serbian, Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Khmer, Korean, Spanish, Vietnamese, Thai and Turkish.

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

Media inquiries:

Cameron Jackson, Media Adviser, Media and Stakeholder Relations
0457 924 146
cameron.jackson@fwo.gov.au

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