27 May 2013FWBC to audit employers of apprentices and trainees in Newcastle & Hunter Valley

Fair Work Building & Construction (FWBC) will commence an audit of companies that employ apprentices and trainees in the Newcastle and Hunter Valley construction industries from today.

FWBC Acting Director Brian Corney said Fair Work Building Industry Inspectors would focus on making sure young people are being paid the correct wages and entitlements and that subcontracting relationships are legitimate.

“FWBC is the standalone regulator of workplace relations laws in Australia’s construction industry,” Mr Corney said.

“This education and compliance campaign is intended to proactively ensure that employers of apprentices and trainees in Newcastle and the Hunter Valley have their systems in order and are doing the right thing.

“We take our role to educate building industry participants seriously, and campaigns such as this are just one way that our agency helps people in the industry to ensure they are complying with workplace laws.”

Fair Work Building Industry Inspectors will be in Newcastle for a week from Monday, 27 May and will then visit the Hunter Valley region from 17 to 20 June.

“I invite employers of apprentices in the Newcastle and Hunter Valley construction industries to give us a call on 1800 003 338 to arrange a free visit from Fair Work Building Industry Inspectors to provide advice and assistance on your workplace relations systems,” Mr Corney said.

“I also encourage employers and their apprentices and trainees to visit the www.knowyourworth.gov.au microsite which provides everything apprentices need to know about wages, entitlements, rights and obligations in the construction industry.

“FWBC is committed to assisting building industry participants to understand their rights and obligations in modern construction industry workplaces.”

For further information, please see the FWBC website or call our hotline, which is available seven-days-a-week – 1800 003 338.

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