10 December 2012Fair Work Building Industry Inspectors on site in Canberra tomorrow

Fair Work Building Industry Inspectors will visit Canberra building sites tomorrow (Tuesday) as part of Fair Work Building & Construction’s (FWBC) proactive, educational service to the industry.

FWBC Chief Executive Leigh Johns said the Agency’s Canberra office opened on 22 February 2011.

“We established an office in Canberra so Fair Work Building Industry Inspectors could respond to workplace relations issues on construction sites in a timely manner and have an improved capacity to conduct educational visits,” Mr Johns said.

“FWBC is the regulator of workplace laws in the construction industry. We investigate and, if necessary prosecute, breaches of workplace laws, recover wages and entitlements for workers who have been underpaid and provide education and advice.

“We have conducted 73 site visits in the ACT and surrounding areas since the Canberra office opened. This week’s site visits are really about our inspectors discussing with employers and workers about how to comply with workplace relations law and making sure their sites are fair and productive.”

Some of the issues that are typically raised during these proactive visits include questions from workers about rates of pay and entitlements and questions from employers or site managers about how they can improve their compliance with the National Code of Practice for the Construction Industry.

“We understand that not everyone has a lawyer or HR manager on site to provide advice on complying with the law – so we proactively visit sites to help people understand the law and provide answers to any questions they may have,” Mr Johns said.

“Our primary purpose for these visits is an educative one. FWBC’s greatest function is to build the capacity of the industry to do the right thing.

“If people want our inspectors to come and visit them, they can call our hotline, 1800 003 338.”

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