January 2013 Industry Update

New program in SA to reduce exploitation of 457 visa workers

FWBC’s South Australian office has launched a pilot program aimed at reducing exploitation of overseas workers, particularly those on 457 visas. 

FWBC is working in conjunction with the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) on the program. FWBC, FWO and DIAC are information sharing regarding 457 visa workers to identify where specific problems may exist.

This program links with our campaign aimed at educating all Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) workers about their rights and responsibilities, which was reported in November’s Industry Update.

The exploitation of overseas workers can manifest itself in a range of ways but typically involves the underpayment of wages and entitlements and sham contracting. Employers may also misinform CALD workers about their rights.

The SA pilot involves collecting information about high risk non-compliant trades and delivering education programs to raise awareness of worker rights among both employers and employees.

This means site visits, audits, discussion forums and joint presentations with DIAC and the FWO.

For more information on FWBC’s SA pilot program, please contact Seamus Flynn on 08 8402 9253 or via email at seamus.flynn [at] fwbc.gov.au, Angeliek Peters on 08 8225 8247 or via email at angeliek.peters [at] fwbc.gov.au or Dave Armstrong on 08 8225 8260 or via email at david.armstrong [at] fwbc.gov.au.

Further information:

FWBC Language Assistance page

FWBC website – Sham contracting – employee or contractor

FWBC websitePay

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