Fair Work Ombudsman to visit Gove Peninsula

1 April 2014

Fair Work Ombudsman inspectors will visit the Gove Peninsula in the Northern Territory next week to educate employers and workers about their workplace rights and responsibilities.

They will be available over two days to answer questions about pay, conditions and other aspects of workplace laws.

Inspectors will visit local businesses on Monday, April 7, handing out information to employers and managers, and staff a "drop-in" information booth on Tuesday April 8.

The information booth will operate from 9am and 5pm, in room three at the Training Regional Centre on Chesterfield Circuit in Nhulunbuy.

Employees and employers can drop in during these hours. Appointments are not required.

Darwin-based Fair Work inspector Jodi Gribben says the aim of the visit is to raise awareness on the Peninsula of national workplace laws.

"A big part of the Fair Work Ombudsman's role is to help build knowledge in the community and assist to create fairer workplaces," she said.

"Opportunities like this – where we can speak directly to employers and employees and educate them about their obligations and entitlements – are an important way to help achieve that and improve community understanding.

"We encourage anyone in Gove with a question about their workplace rights or obligations to take advantage of the opportunity to come and see us and seek advice."

The Fair Work Ombudsman's website – www.fairwork.gov.au – contains a range of tools and resources to assist employers and workers understand and comply with workplace laws.

Online tools include an Award Finder and PayCheck Plus to help employers and workers determine the correct pay rates, classifications and minimum entitlements for their industry.

Small to medium-sized businesses without human resources staff can also ensure they are better equipped when hiring, managing and dismissing employees by using the free template employment documentation available online.

Employers and employees seeking further information can also call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 for free advice. A free interpreter service is also available on 13 14 50.

Small business employers calling the Fair Work Infoline can opt to be put through to the Small Business Helpline to receive priority service.

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Media inquiries:

Penny Rowe, Senior Media Adviser
Mobile: 0457 924 146
penelope.rowe@fwo.gov.au

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