Snowfields targeted by Fair Work Ombudsman
22 August 2013
The Fair Work Ombudsman is targeting the Victorian and NSW snowfields next
week as part of a new campaign to ensure employees are receiving their correct
Fair Work Inspectors will conduct face-to-face audits of 80 businesses,
including about 50 at Mt Buller, Falls Creek,
Mt Hotham, Dinner Plains and Mt Baw
Baw in Victoria, and about 30 at Jindabyne,
Thredbo and Perisher in NSW.
The snowfields will face further checks over the next two years when
Inspectors visit in 2014 and 2015 as part of a concerted three-year campaign to
ensure businesses are complying with workplace laws.
Fair Work Inspectors will check that employers are paying staff correctly,
maintaining appropriate records and providing employees with pay slips.
Visits will not only focus on businesses associated with ski resorts. Any
business operating in the snowfields regions could be part of the campaign.
Fair Work Ombudsman, Natalie James, said the education and compliance
campaign aimed to ensure the many transient snowfields workers are receiving
their full entitlements.
"Many snowfields employees are young or foreign workers, such as working
holiday makers, who can be vulnerable if they're not fully aware of their
entitlements, so it's important we ensure they are being paid correctly," Ms
Ms James said the campaign also provides a great opportunity for employers to
improve their understanding of workplace laws and ensure they have processes in
place to comply with their workplace obligations from season to season.
"Where Inspectors identify issues such as underpayments to staff, we will
work with individual employers to help them voluntarily rectify issues and put
processes in place to ensure they get it right in the future," Ms James
"A key role of the Fair Work Ombudsman is to help employers understand and
meet their obligations."
Inspectors can steer employers to the range of free
resources available at www.fairwork.gov.au such as templates for pay
slips and time-and-wages sheets as well as tools for determining correct rates
of pay for employees, such as PayCheck Plus.
Employers and workers seeking assistance should visit the website or contact
the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94, or for those who need an
interpreter, on 13 14 50.
Penny Rowe, Media & Stakeholder
0457 924 146
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