ACT businesses fail second chance on workplace obligations

Canberra business operators are continuing to fall short of meeting their workplace obligations despite intervention from the Fair Work Ombudsman, a new report has found.

The Fair Work Ombudsman selected 80 businesses in the ACT region that had previously been found to be non-compliant with workplace laws and conducted follow-up audits to determine whether they had rectified their operations.

While 48 of the businesses (60 per cent) re-audited were found to be now fully compliant with workplace laws, 32 businesses (40 per cent) remained non-compliant. The businesses were audited to see if they were paying workers correctly and whether they were meeting their record-keeping and pay slip obligations. Audits found:

  • 16 businesses had breaches relating to pay rates
  • 11 businesses had breaches relating to record-keeping and pay slips
  • five businesses had breaches relating to pay rates and record-keeping / pay slips.

The campaign led to $31,087 being recovered on behalf of 120 workers with the Fair Work Ombudsman issuing 17 formal letters of caution, eight infringement notices (on-the-spot fines) and one compliance notice. Litigation was also initiated against two local businesses.

“We expect full compliance with workplace laws, particularly when we have provided a business with advice on how to rectify any breaches within their operations,” said Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James. “While the majority of issues we deal with can be resolved through our early intervention measures, business operators who fail to take our advice seriously will find themselves on the receiving end of more serious enforcement action.”


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