The campaign revealed that 61% of businesses in the region were fully compliant with their workplace obligations under the Act and Regulations. 66% of businesses were paying their employees correctly, and 87% 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 FWO’s continuing focus on providing advice and assistance to small businesses, particularly in locations such as the Alice Springs and Barkly region where the proportion of small businesses is high.
The results of this campaign will inform future education and compliance 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 ongoing National Compliance Monitoring Campaign.
The FWO will continue to work with businesses across the Alice Springs and Barkly region to encourage sustained, conscious compliance with workplace laws, providing information, tools and resources designed to make compliance easier.