Retailers focus of new campaign in WA, SA and NT
21 November 2013
The Fair Work Ombudsman is writing to almost 3,000 retailers across
Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern
Territory as part of a new campaign.
The Fair Work Ombudsman is promoting the free,
specialised tools and resources available for retailers at www.fairwork.gov.au/retailcampaign to
help them comply with their obligations under workplace laws.
The webpage includes information about the General Retail Industry Award
2010 and a link to the PayCheck Plus tool, which employers can use to
calculate correct rates of pay for staff, including minimum hourly rates and
There are also links to record-keeping and pay slip templates, best practice
guides, fact sheets and an educational video for employers.
Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James says the retail sector has been selected
for attention because it employs a large number of workers and generates a
significant number of employee complaints to the Fair Work Ombudsman.
"This is a great opportunity for retailers in WA, SA and the NT to ensure
they are fully aware of their obligations under workplace laws," Ms James
"We particularly want to ensure that small business operators, who are often
not supported by an in-house human resources and payroll team, are aware of the
free resources we have available to assist them to comply with their obligations
as easily as possible."
As part of the campaign, the Fair Work Ombudsman will also randomly select
about 300 retailers in metropolitan and regional locations for audit early next
year, with a focus on retailers located in shopping centres and on retail
Retailers can use a self-audit tool available at the campaign webpage to
ensure they are compliant ahead of the audits.
Fair Work Inspectors have conducted educational visits at shopping centres in
Adelaide and Perth over the past fortnight to inform retailers about the
Employers or employees seeking assistance should
contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 or visit www.fairwork.gov.au/retailcampaign. A
free interpreter service is available by calling 13 14 50.
Penny Rowe, Media & Stakeholder
0457 924 146
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