Industry Update


Message from FWBC Director Val Gostencnik

Having dedicated 30 years of my professional life to workplace relations, I am pleased to begin this latest chapter as Director of Fair Work Building & Construction (FWBC).Minister for Workplace Relations Bill Shorten appointed me to the position on 12 July...

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End of Financial Year Legal Wrap Up

FWBC was successful in 100 per cent of judgements in our court cases last financial year.As the regulator of workplace relations laws in Australia’s construction industry, FWBC investigates alleged breaches of the Fair Work Act 2009 (FW Act) and initiates...

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Court orders unions to pay $65k penalty for QLD strikes

On 10 July 2013, the Federal Circuit Court of Australia ordered the CFMEU and CEPU to pay penalties totalling $65,000 for their involvement in unlawful industrial action taken against Brookfield Multiplex.Thirty-seven workers stopped work for a day-and-a-half at...

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FWBC report finds misunderstanding most common reason for underpayments

FWBC has just released our report into the National Record-Keeping, Payslip and Base Ordinary Wage Audit.The audit, which we covered in the March edition of Industry Update, ran from February to May this year. Fair Work Building Industry Inspectors audited 413...

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Termination of employment under the microscope in NSW

Fair Work Building Industry Inspectors will this month commence an awareness campaign in NSW to ensure employers are aware of their obligations when terminating the employment of workers.The campaign, which will conclude in early October 2013, will focus on raising...

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QLD audit serves as reminder that EBA side deals can be costly

A Brisbane subcontractor faces forking out $100,000 in back-payments after Fair Work Building Industry Inspectors found it underpaid up to 40 workers.The underpayment occurred because the subcontractor was allegedly paying its staff who worked on projects in regional...

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New court cases in QLD and SA

FWBC has filed legal proceedings in Queensland and South Australia in recent weeks, alleging that unions orchestrated unlawful strikes, motivated by industrial issues.In the Queensland case, Director of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate v CFMEU &...

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FWBC releases Agency Multicultural Plan

We have recently published our Agency Multicultural Plan (AMP).Many workers in the Australian construction industry come from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds and are considered vulnerable due to a limited understanding of their workplace...

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