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Campaigns help us check, maintain and improve conscious compliance within workplaces.

National and state/territory-based campaigns are run in response to emerging issues across various geographic locations and industry sectors. A proportionate and evidence-based approach determines where to focus our attention and which workplace relations issues to target.

Industry associations, employer representatives, unions and community groups assist with campaign development, design and implementation by providing intelligence, advice and assistance in raising awareness among businesses.

Overall, more than 4530 campaign audits were conducted in 2015-16, recovering in excess of $1 750 000 for employees.

The audits found a 61% compliance rate, which is consistent with the previous two years. Of the non-compliant businesses in 2015-16, 41% had non-monetary contraventions such as not meeting their record-keeping and pay slip obligations.

The national campaigns commenced during the year focused on:

  • the healthcare and social assistance industry, which is the largest employing industry in Australia
  • the textile, clothing and footwear industry, which predominantly employs culturally and linguistically diverse outworkers
  • remote and regional areas, to address vulnerabilities which are not as prevalent in major urban areas
  • compliance monitoring of employers who were previously identified as non-compliant with workplace laws.

The National Compliance Monitoring Campaign involved more than 890 return audits and recovered in excess of $207 990 from 130 businesses for over 480 employees.

Sixteen regional education and compliance campaigns were commenced in 2015-16, with at least two occurring in each state and territory.

Campaign reports are available on the FWO website and provide further details of activities undertaken, including specific outcomes.

Through joint site visits with ASIC, first-time company directors in Brisbane were educated on, and their compliance was checked against, relevant legislation. This collaborative approach reduced regulatory burden on the businesses selected and encouraged good compliance habits from an early stage.