December 2012 Industry Update

We've been everywhere, man

Fair Work Building Industry Inspectors have conducted 1197 site visits since FWBC began operations on 1 June 2012, many of them have been in regional and suburban areas.

 

It is important to us at FWBC that we are as accessible to the industry as possible and often this means getting out on site to chat to people face-to-face.

We don’t restrict our site visits to the city centres and regularly deploy Fair Work Building Industry Inspectors to regional and suburban areas to educate people about their rights and obligations under workplace relations laws.

This year, some of the areas we visited included Newcastle, Albury, Bowral, Byron Bay, Duntroon, Gosford, Griffith, Kempsey, Wagga Wagga, Wollongong, Geelong, Ballarat, East Gippsland, Warrnambool, Bendigo, Mildura, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Townsville, Cairns, Mossman, Hervey Bay, Rockhampton, Gympie, Toowoomba, Chinchilla, Moranbah, Tin Can Bay, Dalby, Karratha, Port Hedland, Barrow Island, Albany, Esperance, Bunbury, Margaret River, Augusta, Port Augusta, Port Pirie, Whyalla, Canberra, Smythton, Wynyard, Ulverstone, Burnie, Devonport, Deloraine, Alice Springs and Mount Bundy.

As one of his first acts as FWBC Chief Executive, Leigh Johns (pictured) undertook a tour of economically important sites in the Pilbara region in June 2012, and also recently toured sites in Darwin.

In early 2013, Fair Work Building Industry Inspectors are likely to revisit some of these places and extend our service to other areas.

As the regulator of workplace laws in the construction industry, FWBC has an important role to ensure that people working in the industry are aware of their rights and obligations.

We try to get out to as many sites as possible to provide advice and assistance to employers to help them ensure their workplaces are running fairly and productively. It’s also a good chance to talk to workers about any concerns they may have – including the underpayment of wages and entitlements. In the past six months, FWBC has recovered more than half a million in unpaid wages and entitlements for workers in the construction industry.

Our new website has various educative tools and resources and we also have a hotline, 1800 003 338, which operates seven days a week but there is nothing like face-to-face interaction which is why FWBC endeavours to get out to as many areas outside of the city centres as possible.

If we missed you in 2012, and you want us to visit your site in 2013, please give us a call on 1800 003 338 or contact us via the website.

Happy Holidays!

 

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