Campaign results for WA’s Peel Region

31 August 2011

Almost 60 per cent of businesses randomly audited in Western Australia’s Peel Region are compliant with workplace laws, the Fair Work Ombudsman has revealed.

Fair Work inspectors recently finished checking the books of 41 businesses around Baldivis, Mandurah, Harvey, Secret Harbour and Pinjarra.

Of 40 audits finalised, 23 employers (57 per cent) were found to be compliant.

Seventeen businesses (43 per cent) recorded contraventions related to payslips or the underpayment of entitlements.

One business remains under investigation.

The campaign resulted in more than $13,500 being recovered for 42 employees - $8200 for 36 workers at Mandurah, $5200 for five workers in Harvey and $140 for one worker at Pinjarra.

Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson says a major aim of the campaign was to improve awareness of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s role and function.

“Inspectors provided local employers with tips about how to ensure they are compliant with workplace laws, including Modern Awards and the National Employment Standards,” he said.

“It is also important regional workers understand there is an Agency they can turn to if they have concerns about their entitlements or discrimination in the workplace.”

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 Plus and an Award Finder to assist business-owners calculate the correct pay rates for their employees.

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

Campaign result: WA Peel Report (PDF 288.2KB)

Media inquiries:

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

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