WAGES AND ENTITLEMENTS

FWBC continued the operational focus on recovering wages and entitlements for workers in the building and construction industry.

Table 2.12 shows that during the reporting period, FWBC had 379 enquiries about worker wages and entitlements. Of the 379 enquiries, 107 were upgraded to investigation with another 213 enquiries resulting in information being provided.

Investigation status

During the reporting period, FWBC initiated 159 wage and entitlement investigations.

Recovery

During the reporting period FWBC recovered wages and entitlements totalling $1,622,853.89 for 1363 building and construction industry workers.

TABLE 2.13 WAGES AND ENTITLEMENTS – NUMBER OF INVESTIGATIONS 1 JULY 2012 – 30 JUNE 2013

State

Number of investigations

NSW

59

VIC

22

QLD

26

WA

18

SA

12

TAS

2

ACT

17

NT

3

Total

159

 

TABLE 2.14 WAGES AND ENTITLEMENTS – RECOVERED

State

Wages and entitlements recovery

Wages ($)

 

Leave ($)

Site allowance ($)

Superannuation ($)

Total ($)

 

No. of employees

 

NSW

292,552.92

12,093.58

698.82

12,688.88

318,034.20

297

VIC

101,532.94

163,082.09

19,181.43

155,053.15

438,849.61

487

QLD

458,456.47

4,143.69

12,594.76

475,194.92

288

WA

180,659.20

34,649.24

4,197.76

2,289.19

221,795.39

159

SA

47,988.50

6,273.38

746.96

55,008.84

29

TAS

9,549.41

9,549.41

4

ACT

82,852.65

7,603.62

794.89

91,251.16

94

NT

8,673.42

4,496.94

13,170.36

5

Total

1,182,265.51

232,342.54

24,078.01

184,167.83

1,622,853.60

1363

SHAM CONTRACTING

As the workplace relations regulator for the building and construction industry, FWBC plays a central role in addressing the problem of sham contracting.

During the reporting period, FWBC received 115 sham contracting enquiries.

Table 2.15 shows the outcome of sham contracting enquiries, with 28 enquiries being upgraded to investigation status.

Table 2.16 shows the status of sham contracting related investigations, with 14 still under investigation

Table 2.17 shows the outcome of investigations commenced by the previous agency and finalised by FWBC.

TABLE 2.15 SHAM CONTRACTING – OUTCOME OF ENQUIRIES

Outcome

Number

Information provided

66

Initiated targeted audit

1

Referred to other agency

3

Referred to relevant federal agency

10

Referred to relevant state agency

3

Unable to provide assistance

4

Upgrade to investigation

28

Total

115

 

TABLE 2.16 SHAM CONTRACTING – STATUS OF INVESTIGATIONS

Outcome

Number

Current investigation

14

Legal

8

Closed investigation*

63

* This figure represents the investigations that were closed this financial year, regardless of when the investigation commenced. This means some of these closed investigations were commenced from the predecessor agency and closed by FWBC.

 

TABLE 2.17 SHAM CONTRACTING – OUTCOME OF INVESTIGATIONS

Outcome

Number

Court – penalty imposed

3

Finalised – education session provided

2

Finalised – insufficient evidence

9

Finalised – letter of caution

5

Finalised – no breach identified

26

Finalised – referred to external department

2

Finalised – settled

15

Finalised – written undertaking

1

Total

63

Note: Some investigations were commenced by the previous agency and finalised by FWBC.