Barossa Valley Worker Backpaid $13,000

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Fair Work Infoline: 13 13 94 


Media Release

   25 Nov 2009

Barossa Valley worker lodges complaint online

and gets $13,000 back-pay 

A Tanunda worker has been reimbursed almost $13,000 after an investigation by

the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The employee, who worked for a Barossa Valley community services provider,

was underpaid the minimum hourly rate, accrued annual leave and long service


The case was investigated after the worker completed an online complaint form

on the Fair Work Ombudsman website –

South Australian Director Carey Trundle says the underpayments occurred

following a transfer of business and the case highlighted that all common law

contracts must meet the employee’s minimum legal requirements.

“Employers need to be aware that all common law contracts must meet the

employee’s state or federal legal minimum requirements - there is no excuse for

failing to pay workers their full entitlements,” she said.

Ms Trundle says the matter highlights the importance of employers and

employees alike contacting the Fair Work Infoline to ensure they have the most

up-to-date information on their minimum legal requirements for wage rates and


The Infoline – 13 13 94 – is open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday.

A range of information to assist employers, including a suite of Best Practice

Guides aimed at creating better workplaces, is also available.

The Agency has offices in Adelaide, Mount Gambier and Port Augusta and last

financial year recovered more than $2 million for 1015 workers in South Australia

who had been underpaid.

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

workplaces. It also monitors compliance and investigates breaches of national

workplace laws.

Employers or employees seeking assistance should contact the Fair Work Infoline

on 13 13 94 or visit For translations call 13 14 50.

Media inquiries: 

Craig Bildstien, 0419 818 484.

Ryan Pedler, (03) 9954 2561, 0434 365 924.

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