Darwin Caravan Parks Focus Of Campaign

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Media Release

    9 Nov 2010

Darwin caravan parks focus of campaign

Darwin’s caravan parks are the latest focus of the Fair Work Ombudsman in the

Northern Territory.

Fair Work inspectors will visit 10 parks this month to scrutinise employment

records to ensure staff are being paid properly.

The decision to target the tourist accommodation sector follows a recent finding

that one Darwin caravan park had underpaid three of its workers more than


Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says it is important

park operators fully understand their obligations under workplace laws.

He says inspectors will provide employers with advice and information about the

Agency’s comprehensive package of tools and resources to assist them with


Inspectors will also request employment records from the recent peak season,

when Darwin hosts large numbers of tourists and parks traditionally increase their

casual labour pool. 

Key stakeholders, including the NT Government, Tourism NT, the Australian

Hotels Association, the NT Caravan Parks Association and the Liquor, Hospitality

and Miscellaneous Union have been advised.

A report on the findings will be published at the conclusion of the campaign.

Mr Campbell says the Fair Work Ombudsman has a range of user-friendly

resources on its website at www.fairwork.gov.au to help employers understand

national workplace laws, including Modern Awards and minimum National

Employment Standards.

Resources for small business also include some industry specific web-pages,

payslip and record-keeping templates, a self-audit checklist, template letters and

fact sheets on dozens of topics including leave, industrial action, public holidays,

enterprise bargaining, gender pay equality and family-friendly workplaces.

As well as Online resources, the Fair Work Ombudsman has advisers available to

speak with employers and workers with questions on its Fair Work Infoline on 13

13 94 from 8am-6pm weekdays.

Media inquiries: 

Richard Honey, 0457 924 146, richard.honey@fwo.gov.au

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