During the reporting period, the ABCC received 189 sham contracting enquiries. Of the 189 enquiries, the ABCC upgraded 63 to investigation status.

Table 2.14 shows the outcome of enquiries, with around a third upgraded to investigation status.

Table 2.15 shows the status of sham contracting-related investigations, with 105 closed.

Table 2.16 shows the outcome of these investigations.

TABLE 2.14 SHAM CONTRACTING – OUTCOME OF ENQUIRIES

Outcome

Number

Information provided

102

Initiated targeted audit

1

Internal referral Code to Field Operations

2

Referred to other Agency

3

Referred to relevant Federal Agency

8

Referred to relevant State Agency

10

Upgrade to investigation

52

Upgrade to preliminary investigation

11

Total

189

TABLE 2.15 SHAM CONTRACTING – STATUS OF INVESTIGATIONS

Status

Number

Current investigation

20

Legal

2

Closed investigation

105

Total

127

TABLE 2.16 SHAM CONTRACTING – OUTCOME OF INVESTIGATIONS

Outcome

Number

Court – penalty imposed

1

Finalised – compliance notice

1

Finalised – education session provided

4

Finalised – insolvent employer

1

Finalised – insufficient evidence

31

Finalised – legal advice not to proceed

1

Finalised – letter of caution

12

Finalised – no breach identified

69

Finalised – referred to external department

6

Finalised – settled

19

Finalised – targeted audit commenced

1

Finalised – via external department

1

Total

147