Fair Work heads to Queensland for IR campaign


The workplace watchdog will visit businesses all over Queensland to help them understand their industrial relations obligations

October 4, 2010

The Fair Work Ombudsman will visit businesses all over Queensland to help them understand their industrial relations obligations.

Inspectors will begin an informal doorknocking campaign before the end of the year to hand out information packs on new workplace laws such as national employment standards and modern awards.

More than 1000 businesses in suburban Brisbane will be visited, including Logan City, Inala, Southbank, Wynnum and West End.

The workplace watchdog will also head north to Bundaberg and then Mackay, It plans to visit about 475 employers in Rockhampton, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Gladstone, Emerald and surrounding regions.

More than 200 Gold Coast businesses will be doorknocked around the same time, alongside visits to about 550 workplaces in regional Southern Queensland. This includes Roma, Charleville and Mitchell.

Another 500 Sunshine Coast businesses will receive random visits, followed by 450 employers in Townsville, Cairns, Ayr and Bowen.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says the informal visits are aimed at assisting employers to understand national workplace laws, including the National Employment Standards and Modern Awards.

The Information packs being distributed include fact sheets, templates and guides to advise employers about adjusting to the new system.

"We are very serious about our job of building knowledge and creating fairer workplaces and we are strongly focused on ensuring the community understands its workplace rights and obligations," Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says.

"The best advice I can give to business operators is to get the basics right and everything else should start to fall into place.

"By the basics, I mean knowing which award applies to your employees, the correct classifications and pay rates."


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