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FWO launches surprise audits in Melbourne

May 10, 2019 / Rachel Ranosa

Workers in Melbourne have recovered nearly $40,000 in back-pay after the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) launched a series of surprise inspections at small and midsize businesses. Close to a hundred workers at 14 establishments were found to be missing $39,362 in wages as a result of employers’ violations. Inspectors made the rounds within Melbourne’s central business district and in the suburbs of Balwyn, Carlton, North Melbourne and Port Melbourne. The FWO, together with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), visited a total of 48 businesses – in industries ranging from food, rental and hiring services to construction and real estate – which were helmed by first-time directors.