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17 February 2009


Wages recovered for North Queensland workers

North Queensland workers received more than $45,000 in recovered wage arrears following a compliance campaign by Department of Employment and Industrial Relations inspectors.

Regional Manager for Industrial Relations Paul Gwydir said 146 employers were audited in north Queensland, 91 wage complaints resolved and one prosecution finalised in the December quarter.

Mr Gwydir said the audits were part of a statewide campaign which targeted a broad cross section of workplaces but in North Queensland mainly focused on the retail sector. Most of the wages recovered were for women and casual employees.

“Workplace audits are conducted to make sure employers comply with industrial and child employment laws and employees receive proper entitlements,” he said.

Mr Gwydir said north Queensland employer compliance rate with industrial laws was a high 94 per cent, much higher than the state average of 84 per cent.

“Most employers do the right thing by their staff but our inspectors sometimes get called in for complaints or disagreements over pay levels that can’t be resolved,” he said.

“Workplace audits play an important role in helping to educate employers and employees about the current industrial laws and nearly all cases are resolved through education and negotiation.

“However, occasionally we have to prosecute to recover money owed to employees.”

For more information about awards and pay entitlements visit or call 1300 369 945.

Media contact: Paul Gwydir 4039 8060


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