Ombudsman targets private sector in Fair Work blitz

Fair Work Ombudsman to visit 10,000 small businesses in Queensland to aid the transition to new laws

January 11, 2010

This year, the Fair Work Ombudsman plans to call on 10,000 small businesses in Queensland as part of a nationwide program to help navigate Australia’s new workplace laws.

The visits will reportedly target private sector employers entering the national workplace relations system for the first time.

Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson announced the transitional visits in Adelaide last week (January 5) as part of the Federal Government’s Fair Work Week to mark the full implementation of Australia’s new Fair Work system on January 1.

Wilson says his Agency will stand "shoulder-to-shoulder" with small businesses to assist them to better understand, comply with and maximise the benefits of the new legislation.

"We are very serious about our job of building knowledge and fairer workplaces and are strongly focussed on ensuring the community understands its workplace rights and obligations," he says.

In addition to the Queensland visits, inspectors will be assisting 10,000 businesses in NSW, 5,000 in South Australia and 1,000 in Tasmania.

There will be additional visits in 2011 and 2012 as the FWO works towards a goal of 50,000 visits.

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