Fair Work Inspectors To Visit 500 Employers In Sa

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Fair Work Infoline: 13 13 94 

Media Release

     5 Oct 2010

Fair Work inspectors to visit more than 500

employers in Adelaide and regional SA

Hundreds of businesses on Adelaide’s popular shopping strips have been

earmarked for random audits by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Fair Work inspectors will this week begin doorknocking on Norwood Parade,

Unley Road, King William Road and Jetty Road at Glenelg.

They will also be visiting employers in the major shopping hubs at Mount

Gambier, Port Lincoln, Whyalla and Port Pirie.

Up to 250 businesses are expected to be asked to open their books for scrutiny to

ensure they are paying staff correctly.

A second team of Fair Work inspectors will also begin educational visits this week

to more than 300 commercial premises at Lonsdale, Morphett Vale, South

Plympton, Mitchell Park, Ridgehaven, Fairview Park, Rostrevor,

Athelstone, Payneham and Campbelltown.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says the educational

visits are informal and aimed at helping employers who entered the national

workplace relations system earlier this year.

Inspectors will hand out information packs including fact sheets, employment

templates and Best Practice Guides and point employers to helpful tools and

resources Online at www.fairwork.gov.au and the benefits of calling the Fair Work

Infoline on 13 13 94.


Mr Campbell says the shopping strip audits will see inspectors scrutinising about

170 businesses in metropolitan Adelaide and about 80 in regional SA.

As well as checking staff pay rates, inspectors will monitor employer record-

keeping and pay-slip practices to ensure they are compliant.

“We are very serious about our job of ensuring the South Australian community

understands its rights and obligations in the workplace,” Mr Campbell said.

“Where we find records are not adequate or identify other non-compliance issues,

we will provide information and assistance to employers and request they

voluntarily rectify any problems.

“In cases where they don’t, or where we suspect deliberate underpayments or

other serious breaches have occurred, we may launch a full audit which could

lead to court proceedings.”

Media inquiries: 

Craig Bildstien, Director of Media, 0419 818 484, craig.bildstien@fwo.gov.au

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