Search for unpaid wages
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Why we collect unpaid wages for employees
Sometimes an employer owes wages to an employee who has left their business and can’t be contacted.
An employer might have to pay outstanding wages because:
- we have contacted the employer as part of a campaign and:
- completed an audit or helped them to do an audit of their records
- found that one or more former employees have been underpaid
- during an investigation we have found an underpayment.
What happens to the wages after we collect them
We hold the wages in a trust fund. When the employee is found and identified, we pay the wages to the employee.
Find out if we are holding wages for an employee
You might need to do a few separate searches if:
- the employee has had more than 1 employer
- the employee has changed their name since they started working.
How to claim unpaid wages
If your search shows we might be holding unpaid wages for an employee, the employee should Contact us to claim the wages as soon as possible.
Source reference: Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) section 559
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