Melbourne Training College Backpays Staff $115,000

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Media Release

         16 Dec 2009

Fair Work Ombudsman recoups $115,000 for

Melbourne training college staff 

The Fair Work Ombudsman has recovered $115,000 for five workers at a private

training college in Melbourne.

The workers lodged complaints earlier this year after they finished working for the

college and did not receive wages, pay in lieu of notice or accrued annual leave


In some cases, the college had been unlawfully withholding the entitlements

pending the resolution of disputes with the workers, who held a variety of

teaching and administrative positions.

After Fair Work inspectors contacted the college and explained its obligations

under workplace laws, the workers were promptly back-paid.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says that as the

college fully co-operated with inspectors and voluntarily rectified the

underpayments immediately, no further action will be taken.

“We have a flexible, fair approach and our preference is always to work with

employers to educate them and help them voluntarily rectify any non-compliance

issues we identify,” he said.

“However, employers must be aware that it is their responsibility to ensure they

pay staff correctly.”  

Mr Campbell says the Fair Work Ombudsman can help employers and workers to

understand their rights and obligations under new National Employment

Standards and Modern Awards, which take effect on January 1, 2010.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has a range of user-friendly resources that can help

employers and workers better understand and comply with workplace laws.

Employers or employees seeking advice or assistance should contact the Fair

Work Infoline on 13 13 94 or visit For translations call 13 14


The Fair Work Ombudsman promotes harmonious, productive and co-operative

workplaces. It also monitors compliance and investigates breaches of national

workplace laws.

Media inquries:

Craig Bildstien, Director, Media & Stakeholder Relations, 0419 818 484.

Ryan Pedler, Senior Adviser, 0434 365 924.

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