During the reporting period, the ABCC received 279 enquiries about suspected underpayment of worker wages and entitlements.

Table 2.11 shows that NSW had 69 enquiries about worker wages and entitlements, followed by VIC (68) and QLD (49). Of the 279 enquiries, 128 were upgraded to investigation status.

Investigation status

During the reporting period, the ABCC commenced 163 wage and entitlement investigations. One hundred and twenty-one of these involved possible sham contracting arrangements. A total of 244 wage and entitlement investigations were finalised in the reporting period.

Every sham contracting case is assessed for possible underpayment concerns, especially where they involve a contract for labour only at an hourly rate of pay.

Recovery

ABC Inspectors recovered wages and entitlements worth $659,916.34 for 525 building and construction industry workers in the reporting period.

TABLE 2.12 WAGES AND ENTITLEMENTS – STATUS OF INVESTIGATIONS AT 31 MAY 2012

State

Number of investigations

Alleged sham contracting involved

NSW

42

24

VIC

25

18

QLD

20

14

WA

28

17

SA

8

1

TAS

2

0

ACT

26

41

NT

12

6

Total

163

121

TABLE 2.13 WAGES AND ENTITLEMENTS – RECOVERED

State

Wages ($)

Leave ($)

Site allowance ($)

Superannuation ($)

Total recovered ($)

Number of employees

NSW

101,032.99

5,461.20

 

11,046.71

117,540.90

158

VIC

46,643.53

10,445.28

3,583.42

40,979.31

199 101,651.54

199

QLD

134,202.02

36,494.04

 

22,054.34

192,750.40

49

WA

17,834.61

3,935.11

635.50

 

22,405.22

17

SA

50,328.44

9,190.50

1,059.70

 

60,578.64

20

TAS

350,041.59

 

 

 

 

0

ACT

19,264.84

 

 

724.09

19,988.93

17

NT

42,873.77

27,826.31

 

74,300.63

145,000.71

65

Total

412,180.20

93,352.44

5,278.62

149,105.08

659,916.34

525