Spotlight on SA health care providers

6 September 2011

Private hospitals, aged care centres and nursing hire agencies are the focus of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s latest campaign in South Australia.

In the lead-up to Christmas, Fair Work inspectors will visit around 150 employers in both metropolitan Adelaide and regional areas.

Earlier this year, the Fair Work Ombudsman joined with the Australian Medical Association to promote changes to the Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2010.

The campaign was funded through the Fair Work Ombudsman’s $2.5 million Shared Industry Assistance Projects (SIAP) grant program to better inform small to medium businesses about changes to modern awards.

The South Australian campaign aims to build on the national activity to ensure local employers understand their obligations under both the Health Professionals and Support Services Award and the Aged Care Award 2010.

A team of Adelaide-based Fair Work inspectors will visit employers throughout Adelaide and regional centres including Ardrossan, Balaklava, Berri, Ceduna, Cleve, Hahndorf, Hamley Bridge, Kadina, Keith, Lobethal, Loxton, Maitland, Meningie, Mount Barker, Mount Gambier, Murray Bridge, Naracoorte, Port Lincoln, Port Pirie, Riverton, Stansbury, Thevenard, Uraidla and Whyalla.

Inspectors will provide information packs to employers previously covered by the SA industrial relations system but who are now under the national workplace relations system.

The visits aim to assist employers to understand national workplace laws, including the National Employment Standards and Modern Awards.

Information packs to be distributed will include helpful resources such as fact sheets, templates and Best Practice Guides – providing advice on practical steps employers can take to ensure their compliance.

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

And this week, inspectors are back at the Royal Adelaide Show visiting up to 100 stalls during the course of the event to provide ongoing assistance and education to transient employers.

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 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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