Fair Work Audits in the South East

Thursday, Aug 31, 2017

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has been conducting random compliance audits in South Australia’s South East, including Mount Gambier, Renmark and Murray Bridge. The purpose of the audits was to assess compliance with the relevant Modern Award, payslip and record-keeping obligations and the nature of contracting arrangements, including employees mistakenly or deliberately being classified as independent contractors.

In addition to these recent audits, the FWO’s Harvest Trail Inquiry is due to report its findings later this year. The Harvest Trail Inquiry was started in 2013 focusing on the horticulture and viticulture sectors nationally in response to ongoing requests for assistance from employees in the sector, underpayments and confusion among employers and labour hire providers/contractors about their obligations.

To assist wine industry employers complying with the payslip and record-keeping requirements under the Fair Work Act 2009 and the Fair Work Regulations 2009, the South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) has produced a free summary and checklist. 

If you are unsure whether you are compliant or have some questions with any of the legal requirements relating to employment; payslip, record-keeping, superannuation, award entitlements including minimum wages, penalty and overtime rates or the engagement of contractors or labour hire and, then SAWIA can assist. 

For further information and assistance, contact us