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The Fair Work Ombudsman’s 2018-19 Annual Report reveals that Fair Work Inspectors issued almost half a million dollars in on-the-spot fines last financial year.

The report reveals:

On-The-Spot Fines

  • Fair Work Inspectors issued $479,900 in on-the-spot fines in 2018-2019.
  • Inspectors conducted more than 2800 workplace audits.
  • Inspectors issued 563 infringement notices.
  • Inspectors issued 247 compliance notices, with more than $1 million in unpaid wages recovered.

Court-Ordered Penalties

  • The FWO secured $4,400,772 in court-ordered penalties in 2018-2019.
  • Over 50 per cent of litigations filed involved businesses in the fast food, restaurants and cafe sector.
  • The FWO had 67 matters before the courts as of 30 June 2019.

Total Monies Recovered

  • $40,204,976 in total monies recovered for 17,718 workers in 2018-2019.

Record Penalty For Failing To Comply

  • Record penalty of $105,000 against a business and director for failing to comply with Fair Work Commission Orders 

Biggest Enforcable Undertaking

  • $447,717 for 1174 cleaners.

Number Of Disputes

  • 29,130 in completed disputes in 2018-2019.
  • Anonymous reports to the FWO increased, with over 16,000 reports received.
  • Over 1200 reports made in languages other than English.