The campaign revealed 67% of businesses in the region were fully compliant with their workplace obligations. 79% of businesses were paying their employees correctly, and 85% of businesses were compliant with their record-keeping and pay slip obligations.
Larger businesses and members of industry or employer associations were found to be more compliant with their workplace relations obligations than small businesses, which often lack ready access to professional support. This demonstrates the importance of the FWO’s continuing focus on providing advice and assistance to small businesses, particularly in locations such as Far North Queensland where the proportion of small businesses is high.
To support businesses in the region to comply with their workplace obligations, the FWO will:
- continue to educate employers on their obligations and encourage them to contact the FWO and others for assistance and advice on workplace relations matters
- promote key themes identified in campaigns through communication and media activities and use the findings of this campaign to inform future compliance activities
- promote the tools and resources available on the FWO website www.fairwork.gov.au
The results of this campaign will inform future education and audit activities, which may include businesses from the region. All businesses found to be non-compliant during this campaign will be considered for inclusion in the FWO’s National Compliance Monitoring Campaign.
FWO will continue to work with businesses across the FNQ region to encourage sustained, conscious compliance with workplace laws, providing information, tools and resources designed to make compliance easier.