Kangaroo Island Hospitality Worker Backpaid $6000

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Fair Work Infoline: 13 13 94 

Media Release

    16 Oct 2009

Kangaroo Island hospitality worker gets $6000

back-pay after watchdog inquiry

A hospitality worker on Kangaroo Island has been back-paid $6000 after an

investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman found the employee had been short-


A Fair Work inspector investigated the casual employee’s entitlements after

receiving a formal complaint alleging underpayment of wages.

While the food and beverage assistant had been provided full board and lodging

on-site, it was discovered the worker had not received penalty rates or public

holiday loadings.

Fair Work Ombudsman South Australian Director Carey Trundle says the case

should serve as a reminder to employers to ensure they are paying minimum


Employers can check with the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 for the most up-to-

date information on wage rates and conditions applying to their staff. 

The Fair Work Ombudsman website – www.fwo.gov.au – also includes information

and templates to help employers better manage employment records and


Additionally, 11 Best Practice Guides have been developed to assist employers

make better use of the provisions of the Fair Work Act and better understand

other aspects of national workplace laws.

Ms Trundle says educating and assisting workers and employers about their

respective workplace rights and obligations is a key part of the Agency’s role.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has offices in Adelaide, Mount Gambier and Port


Last financial year SA inspectors recovered more than $2 million for 1015 workers

who had been underpaid.

The Fair Work Ombudsman promotes harmonious, productive and co-operative


Media inquiries: 

Craig Bildstien, Director Media & Stakeholder Relations  0419 818 484 Email:


Ryan Pedler: Mob: 0434 365 924; Email: ryan.pedler@fwo.gov.au

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