State & territory campaigns

Learn about the state and territory campaigns we’re running to educate employers and employees about their rights and responsibilities at work. We work closely with industry and employer associations to get our messages out.

Our current state and territory campaigns are:

SA - South East Regional Campaign 2017

The FWO has commenced a campaign in the South East region of South Australia. The campaign will promote awareness of and compliance with Australia’s workplace laws.

The FWO selected the South East region based on an analysis of a range of data, including requests for assistance received by the FWO from employees in the region.

During the campaign the FWO will contact over 200 businesses in the region to request time and wages records for assessment. Fair Work Inspectors will assess compliance with minimum wages, overtime, penalty rates, allowances, record-keeping and pay slip obligations in accordance with the Fair Work Act 2009 and the Fair Work Regulations 2009. Where any non-compliance is identified, Fair Work Inspectors will work with employers to ensure these are rectified.

Fair Work Inspectors will also provide information on the range of tools and resources freely available from the FWO to assist employers with their workplace obligations.

At the completion of the campaign, a public report on our findings will be published on the Campaign reports page.

If you would like more information on this campaign, please contact us at campaigns@fwo.gov.au.

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NSW - Sydney - South West Campaign 2017

The FWO is currently conducting an education and compliance campaign in the Sydney – South West region of New South Wales.

During the campaign we are contacting over 200 businesses throughout the area to:

  • assess compliance with minimum wages, overtime, penalty rates, allowances, record-keeping and pay slip obligations in accordance with the Fair Work Act 2009 and the Fair Work Regulations 2009; and
  • provide employers with information on the range of tools and resources available from the FWO to assist them with their workplace obligations.

The FWO selected the Sydney – South West region based on analysis of FWO data, socio economic factors, and the FWO’s continuing focus on assisting vulnerable segments of the workforce.

At the completion of the campaign, a public report on our findings will be published on the campaigns report page.

If you would like more information on this campaign, please contact us at campaigns@fwo.gov.au

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QLD - Ipswich Regional Campaign 2017

The FWO is currently undertaking a new regional education and compliance campaign in Ipswich and surrounding areas.

The region was identified as suitable for a campaign based on a range of data revealing a local workforce made up of a high proportion of young workers.

Experience tells us that young employees can face barriers to making requests for assistance as they may lack the confidence and skills to deal with workplace issues when these do arise.

Fair Work Inspectors are engaging with 200 businesses throughout the region, covering a cross-section of industries, in particular in those industries typically employing vulnerable or young workers. 

Inspectors are reviewing samples of each business's time and wage records to check that all employees are receiving their correct entitlements, and providing employers with information and resources to ensure that they are able to understand and comply with their workplace obligations. 

At the completion of the campaign, a report detailing the findings will be published on the Campaigns report page.

If you would like more information on this campaign, please contact us at campaigns@fwo.gov.au.

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QLD - Wide Bay Regional Campaign 2017

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) is undertaking an education and compliance campaign in the Wide Bay region of Queensland.

Fair Work Inspectors are engaging with up to 200 businesses throughout the region, in towns including Bundaberg, Gympie, Maryborough and Hervey Bay.

Over the last two financial years the FWO has received a high number of Requests for Assistance from the region, with a high proportion of these being received from 417 visa holders.

Fair Work Inspectors are reviewing samples of each business’s time and wage records to check that all employees are receiving their correct entitlements, and providing employers with information and resources to ensure that they are able to understand and comply with their workplace obligations.

At the completion of the campaign, a report detailing the findings will be published on the Campaigns report page.

If you would like more information on this campaign, please contact us at campaigns@fwo.gov.au.

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VIC - Ballarat Regional Response Activity

The FWO is currently conducting an education and compliance campaign in the regional Victorian town of Ballarat.

Fair Work Inspectors are engaging with over 150 local businesses. They are speaking with employers about their workplace obligations, and reviewing time and wages records to ensure that employees are receiving their lawful minimum entitlements.

Fair Work Inspectors are working with employers to help ensure that any errors are rectified, and providing employers with information and resources to help make compliance easier.

As the region is a hub for tertiary learning with two university campuses located nearby, the campaign is also an opportunity for Fair Work Inspectors to check that vulnerable employees - including international students, visa holders and young workers - are receiving their correct entitlements.

At the completion of the campaign, a public report on our findings will be published on the campaigns report page.

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