Launceston Apprentice Back-paid $14,400

< BACK TO EMPLOYMENT starstarstarstarstar   People - Employment Press Release
13th October 2010, 11:00am - Views: 944

Misc Miscellaneous Fair Work Ombudsman 1 image

Misc Miscellaneous Fair Work Ombudsman 2 image

Fair Work Infoline: 13 13 94 

Media Release

          13 Oct 2010

Launceston apprentice back-paid $14,400 after

regulator intervenes

An apprentice in Launceston is being reimbursed more than $14,400 after the

Fair Work Ombudsman intervened.

The worker lodged a complaint with the Fair Work Ombudsman after he was paid

as an apprentice despite the apprenticeship never being registered.

After the Fair Work inspectors contacted the company and explained that

apprentice wage rates can only be paid to registered apprentices, the employer

immediately began to back-pay the worker.

The employer agreed to repay the money in instalments over three months.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says it is important

employers do not delay lodgements of apprenticeship agreements for young


“When inspectors come across cases where employers have been erroneously

paying a worker apprentice rates for some time, the business can find itself faced

with a significant back-payment,” he said.


Mr Campbell says that given the employer co-operated and voluntarily rectified

the matters, there will be no further action against the company.

“Our preference is always to work with employers to educate them and help them

voluntary rectify any non-compliance issues,” he said.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has a number of tools on its website - - to assist employees and employers to check minimum

rates of pay.

Small to medium-sized businesses without human resources staff can also ensure

they are better equipped when hiring, managing and dismissing employees by

using free template employment documentation available online.

Employers or employees seeking assistance or further information can also

contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 from 8am-6pm weekdays. For

translations, call 13 14 50.  

Media inquiries: 

Richard Honey, 0457 924 146,

news articles logo NEWS ARTICLES
Contact News Articles |Remove this article