WA’s Rottnest workers get $24,000 back-pay

31 August 2011

The Fair Work Ombudsman has recovered more than $24,000 back-pay for workers on Rottnest Island as part of an education and compliance campaign.

Fair Work inspectors travelled to the tourist destination, located off Perth, last summer and randomly selected 25 businesses for audit.

Inspectors found 15 businesses (60 per cent) were compliant while 10 (40 per cent) recorded contraventions.

One business remains under investigation.

Eight employers were found to have underpaid a total of 87 employees - many of them young workers - a total of $24,187.

Two others had record-keeping breaches.

A tourism industry operator was found to have underpaid 10 employees a total of $11,495, a hospitality business had underpaid 48 employees a total of $4841 and a retailer was found to have underpaid 21 employees a total of $3779.

Fair Work inspectors assisted employers to rectify the underpayments and record-keeping issues and put processes in place to ensure future compliance. No further enforcement action was required.

Inspectors also provided employers with educative information and resources to help them understand and comply with workplace laws, including Modern Awards.

Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson says it is was the first time Rottnest Island had been selected for an education and compliance campaign.

“Young workers on Rottnest can be vulnerable if they are not fully aware of their workplace rights, so it is important we ensure they are receiving their full entitlements,” Mr Wilson said.

Workers and 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 to assist business-operators calculate the correct pay for their employees.

Free documentation is available 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.

The Fair Work Ombudsman’s website also has a section devoted to young workers - www.fairwork.gov.au/youngworkers - as well as Best Practice Guides for both young workers and employers of young workers.

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

Campaign result: WA Rottnest Island Final Report (PDF 304.6KB)

Media inquiries:

Ryan Pedler, Senior Adviser Media & Stakeholder Relations,
(03) 9954 2561, 0411 430 902

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