During the reporting period, FWBC commenced 18 new investigations and inherited 68 ongoing investigations from the previous agency.

Table 2.8 sets out a state-by-state breakdown of the number of investigations conducted.

Subject of investigation

Figure 2.1 shows the subject of FWBC investigations to 30 June 2012. Unions accounted for 30 per cent of investigations and subcontractors 28 per cent.

This was followed by employer investigations at 20 per cent and employees at 10 per cent. Head contractors were the subject in eight per cent of investigations.

This means that the vast majority of FWBC investigations occur in relation to employer behaviour.

Types of contraventions investigated

During the reporting period, FWBC investigated 271 contraventions of Commonwealth workplace laws.

Table 2.9 shows that 36 per cent of contraventions involved wages and entitlements. Twenty per cent involved unlawful industrial action and 15 per cent involved sham contracting.

Note: ‘Other’ includes other FW Act breaches, criminal activity and breaches of laws relating to taxation, trade practices and state industrial relations and occupational health and safety.

TABLE 2.8 STATE BREAKDOWN OF INVESTIGATIONS

State

2011-12

NSW

23

VIC

21

QLD

19

WA

20

SA

1

TAS

1

ACT

7

NT

4

Total

96

TABLE 2.9 TYPES OF CONTRAVENTIONS INVESTIGATED

Contravention

2011-12

Right of entry

17

Unlawful industrial action

53

Coercion

32

Sham contracting

40

Freedom of association

2

Strike pay

9

Wages and entitlements

97

Other

21

Total

271

FIGURE 2.1 SUBJECT OF INVESTIGATION

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TABLE 2.9 TYPES OF CONTRAVENTIONS INVESTIGATED

State

Number of enquiries

Outcomes

Information provided

Referred to Federal Agency

Referred to State Agency

Referred to other Agency

Upgraded- to investigation

Initiated targeted audit

Other

NSW

5

2

0

0

0

3

0

0

VIC

5

1

0

0

0

4

0

0

QLD

5

4

0

0

0

1

0

0

WA

7

4

0

0

0

3

0

0

SA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

TAS

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

ACT

2

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

NT

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total

27

15

 

 

 

12

 

 

 

 

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