FWBC continued the operational focus on recovering wages and entitlements for workers in the building and construction industry.

Table 2.10 shows that during the reporting period, FWBC had 27 enquiries about worker wages and entitlements. Of the 27 enquiries, twelve were upgraded to investigation status with the remaining 15 enquiries resulting in information being provided.

Investigation status

During the reporting period, FWBC initiated 17 wages and entitlements investigations. Three of those arose out of investigations into suspected sham contracting arrangements.

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

During the reporting period FWBC recovered wages and entitlements totalling $60,109.37 for 94 building and construction industry workers.

Since the predecessor agency of FWBC commenced wages recoveries in October 2010, $847,505.61 has been recovered to 30 June 2012.

TABLE 2.11 WAGES AND ENTITLEMENTS – NUMBER OF INVESTIGATIONS AT 30 JUNE 2012

State

Number of investigations

Alleged sham contracting involved

NSW

6

0

VIC

3

1

QLD

3

1

WA

3

1

SA

0

0

TAS

0

0

ACT

2

0

NT

0

0

Total

17

3

TABLE 2.12 WAGES AND ENTITLEMENTS – RECOVERED

State

Total recovered ($)

Number of employees

NSW

49,616.36

91

VIC

0

0

QLD

6,522.88

1

WA

0

0

SA

3,970.13

2

TAS

0

0

ACT

2

0

NT

0

0

Total

60,109.37

94