Fair Work inspectors to make educational visits to employers at Royal Adelaide Show

29 August 2011

The Fair Work Ombudsman will visit the Royal Adelaide Show for the third consecutive year to educate employers about their obligations to casual workers.

A team of inspectors will make face-to-face visits to up to 100 businesses during the course of the annual event, which begins on Friday.

This year, they will focus on employers involved in retail, hospitality, personal services, property services, fast food and entertainment.

Last year, Fair Work inspectors audited 188 businesses at the Show, finding that 89 of them (47 per cent) were compliant with workplace laws.

Most of the contraventions identified related to record-keeping, such as errors in payslip content, but one employer was also found to have underpaid two staff a total of $730. All matters were voluntarily rectified.

In 2009, Fair Work inspectors checked the books of 45 businesses and found 33 (73 per cent) were compliant.

Of those which were non-compliant, six had underpaid 69 employees a total of $7937 and six had payslip and record-keeping contraventions.

Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson says the results of the past two years suggest ongoing education and assistance is needed for transient employers.

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

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.

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.

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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