Investigations

During 2015–16, FWBC commenced 130 new investigations into suspected breaches of workplace laws. Table 7 (below) sets out the summary of investigations. Of investigations commenced or ongoing from previous periods, 167 were finalised and 48 remained ongoing as at 30 June 2016. The number of new investigations reflects the agency's continued focus on investigating core business matters of coercion, freedom of association, unlawful industrial action and right of entry.

Table 8 (right) sets out the breakdown of new investigations on a state-by-state basis and shows that Queensland remains the jurisdiction with the highest number of investigations.

#Table 7: Summary of investigations

Investigation status

2014–15

2015–16

New investigations commenced during reporting period

197

130

Investigations finalised

213

167

Investigations continuing

1051

48

1. The number of investigations continuing was incorrectly reported in FWBC's 2014–15 Annual Report as 124. The correct number of investigations continuing was 105.

#Table 8: State breakdown of new investigations

State

2014–15

2015–16

NSW

39

27

VIC

39

28

QLD

78

35

WA

18

9

SA

6

7

TAS

0

10

ACT

14

4

NT

3

10

Total

197

130

Types of contraventions investigated

During 2015–16, FWBC investigated 551 alleged contraventions of Commonwealth workplace laws.

The significant types of contraventions continue to reflect core agency business, with right of entry contraventions representing the largest portion of matters, at 31%. Coercion, freedom of association and unlawful industrial action made up the other significant areas of investigation.

Table 9 sets out the types of contraventions investigated.

#Table 9: Types of contraventions investigated

Type of contravention

2014–15

2015–16

Right of entry

382

179

Freedom of association

211

152

Coercion

149

104

Unlawful industrial action

142

92

Strike pay

49

23

Wages and entitlements

9

1

Sham contracting

6

0

Total

948

551