Fair Work Ombudsman to audit Kangaroo Island businesses
4 November 2013
The Fair Work Ombudsman is visiting businesses at Kangaroo Island,
South Australia in the week of 11-15 November to ensure workers are
being paid correctly.
Fair Work Inspectors will audit up to 50 businesses, predominantly in the
hospitality, retail and tourism sectors, in Kingscote and
Penneshaw and surrounding areas.
As well as checking that workers are being paid correctly, Inspectors will
ensure employers are maintaining appropriate records and providing employees
with pay slips.
Fair Work Ombudsman, Natalie James, said the region was selected for
proactive auditing because it had been a persistent source of complaints in
recent years, with about half the complaints resulting in the identification of
"During the audits Inspectors will work with employers to help them
voluntarily rectify any issues found, such as underpayments to staff, and help
them put processes in place to ensure compliance in the future.
"They'll also direct them to free resources and
tools at www.fairwork.gov.au, which have been designed to
help employers meet their obligations under workplace law," Ms James said.
"A key part of the role of the Fair Work Ombudsman is to educate and help
businesses, particularly those small businesses which don't have the benefit of
in-house HR staff, about how to comply with workplace laws, and that's what
we'll be doing when we visit these businesses next month - we'll be helping them
get it right," she said.
Employers selected for audit have been notified by letter and have also
received information about the tools and resources available to help them comply
with their obligations.
"We're encouraging all employers to conduct their own self-audit of
compliance with workplace law, particularly payment of wages, using the
resources and information we have provided," Ms James said.
Ms James said a key focus of the campaign will be helping employers employing
staff under the General Retail Industry Award 2010, Hospitality Industry
(General) Award 2010, Restaurant Industry Award 2010, Fast Food Industry Award
2010, Amusement, Events and Recreation Award 2010 and Marine Tourism
and Charter Vessels Award 2010 to understand their obligations.
Information about the campaign can be found at www.fairwork.gov.au,
as well as a range of free resources that have been designed for employers, such
as templates for pay slips and time-and-wages sheets and tools for determining
correct rates of pay, like PayCheck Plus.
Employers and workers seeking assistance should visit the website or contact
the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. A free interpreter service
is available on 13 14 50.
Want to save this information for later?
If you might need to read this information again, save it for later so you can access it quickly and easily.
Page reference No: 3124