Court Orders Ararat Man To Back-pay Two Stawell Security Guards

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Media Release

   27 Nov 2009

Court orders Ararat man to back-pay two

Stawell security guards

An Ararat man whose former security firm underpaid two employees almost

$18,000 has been ordered to pay the money back.

The order has come from the Magistrates Court of Victoria following legal action

initiated by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Raymond Timothy Parmenter has been instructed to back-pay two full-time

security guards whom he underpaid between 2006 and 2008.

The men worked for Parmenter’s sole-trader RHTC security business as static

security guards at the gatehouse of the Stawell Gold Mine.

Parmenter has been told to reimburse the men amounts of $16,770 and $1040

respectively, plus interest.

He must pay weekly instalments of $25 until he has fully rectified the lesser

underpayment and then make weekly payments of $50 until the second worker is

repaid in full.

Parmenter admitted the underpayments and agreed to a back-payment plan in

return for the Fair Work Ombudsman not seeking a penalty against him.  

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says the outcome is

the best possible result for the underpaid workers.

“Parmenter is bankrupt and it would have been very difficult to enforce any fine

and back-payment order imposed on him without his co-operation,” Mr Campbell


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, Director Media & Stakeholder Relations. 0419 818 484.

Ryan Pedler, Senior Adviser Media & Stakeholder Relations. (03) 9954

2561, 0434 365 924.

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