Motor vehicle dealerships focus of new campaign across QLD, NSW and ACT

27 February 2013

The Fair Work Ombudsman is targeting motor vehicle dealerships across New South Wales, Queensland and the ACT over the next five months as part of a new education and compliance campaign to ensure staff are receiving their full entitlements.

The campaign will include audits of about 460 businesses selling cars, motorcycles, caravans and other types of motor vehicles at locations, including:

NSW and ACT: Sydney, Canberra, Albury, Armidale, Ballina, Batemans Bay, Bathurst, Bega, Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Gosford, Goulburn, Grafton, Lismore, Maitland, Mudgee, Newcastle, Nowra, Orange, Port Macquarie, Taree, Tweed Heads, Wagga Wagga and Wollongong.

Queensland: Brisbane, Bundaberg, Caboolture, Cairns, Dalby, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Gympie, Hervey Bay, Ipswich, Mackay, Mount Isa, Rockhampton, Roma, Stanthorpe, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Townsville.

Fair Work Inspectors will randomly select employers for audit and check they are paying workers in-line with minimum wage, penalty and overtime rates and are complying with record-keeping and pay slip obligations.

Inspectors will also check that written agreements outlining employee entitlements are in place for any salespeople on commission-based pay arrangements.

Fair Work Ombudsman, Nicholas Wilson, said the motor vehicle retailing industry in these areas had been selected for a proactive campaign because it has been a persistent source of complaints.

“If audits reveal contraventions, Fair Work Inspectors will help employers voluntarily rectify errors and put processes in place to prevent mistakes in the future,” Mr Wilson said.

Prior to the audits, employers across the industry will be contacted with information on the range of resources available at www.fairwork.gov.au/vehicleretailing to help them comply with their obligations.

Mr Wilson said the campaign aims to increase awareness of workplace laws, including Modern Awards and the National Employment Standards.

“This campaign is an ideal opportunity for employers in the motor vehicle retailing industry to ensure they understand their obligations under workplace laws and check that their systems and processes are rigorous,” Mr Wilson said.

“The Fair Work Ombudsman provides free education, assistance and advice to make it easier for employers to meet their obligations.”

Workers and employers seeking advice should visit the website or call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. A free interpreter service is available on 13 14 50.

Media inquiries:

Penny Rowe, Media & Stakeholder Relations
0457 924 146
penelope.rowe@fwo.gov.au

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