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17 February 2009


Wages recovered for South West Queensland workers

South West Queensland workers received nearly $200,000 in recovered wage arrears following a compliance campaign by Department of Employment and Industrial Relations inspectors.

Regional Manager for Industrial Relations Greg Cumberland said 181 employers were audited in South West Queensland, 86 wage complaints resolved and one prosecution finalised during the December quarter.

Mr Cumberland said the audits were part of a statewide campaign which targeted a broad cross section of workplaces but in South West Queensland mainly focused on the fruit and vegetable industry, bakeries and retail shops.

He said there generally was a high level of compliance among employers with the state’s industrial laws.

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

“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.

“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. Seven infringement notices with fines totalling $21,000 were issued to employers for repeated breaches of child employment laws.”

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

Media contact: Greg Cumberland 4687 2832


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