05 May 2013FWBC milestone - $2m recovered in unpaid wages and entitlements

Acting Director Brian Corney today announced that Fair Work Building & Construction (FWBC) has secured over $2 million in unpaid wages and entitlements for 1528 workers.

“As the workplace relations regulator for Australia’s construction industry, one of FWBC’s activities is to investigate alleged underpayment of wages and entitlements,” Mr Corney said.

“FWBC helps to ensure, that construction sites are operating fairly and productively. This includes people being paid and receiving their lawful entitlements.”  

FWBC has recovered:

  • $331,984.29 for 388 workers in New South Wales
  • $536,174.17 for 592 workers in Victoria
  • $559,494.37 for 205 workers in Queensland
  • $255,419.33 for 163 workers in Western Australia
  • $84,717.59 for 29 workers in South Australia
  • $9,549.41 for 4 workers in Tasmania
  • $72,968.66 for 80 workers in the Australian Capital Territory and
  • $150,735.89 for 67 workers in the Northern Territory.

“Most of the time these underpayments are unintentional and occur because the employer was referring to the wrong award, miscalculated what workers were entitled to or didn’t understand their obligations,” Mr Corney said.

“We become aware of such underpayments through proactive targeted audits, site visits and complaints.  

“Our website, www.fwbc.gov.au, features a range of resources for employers and employees which can help determine if workers are being paid correctly and avoid hefty back-payments down the track.”

FWBC’s hotline, 1800 003 338, is contactable seven days a week.

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