A national audit has revealed one in five businesses in Darling Downs-Maranoa were not paying staff correctly.
A national audit has revealed one in five businesses in Darling Downs-Maranoa were not paying staff correctly.

Audit: 1 in 5 businesses not paying staff correctly

ONE in five of businesses in the Darling Downs and south-west Queensland were found to not be paying staff correctly by the Fair Work Ombudsman, following a massive national audit.

The findings also revealed nearly $5000 was back-paid to 10 employees at eight businesses, as part of the national remote and regional locations campaign.

According to the a spokeswoman for the Fair Work Ombudsman, 41 per cent of the businesses audited were not full-compliant with workplace laws, slightly higher than the national average of 39 per cent.

Four formal cautions were issued out of the 41 businesses audited by the FWO. Site visits were made to south-west Queensland worksites like Roma and Charleville.

Acting Fair Work Ombudsman Kristen Hannah said the workplace visits enabled inspectors to educate and engage with employers and employees, who might not otherwise seek help.

"Employees in smaller communities may be reluctant to raise workplace concerns where employment options may be limited," she said.

"As a result of our workplace audits, tens of thousands of dollars have been put back in the pockets of workers in remote and regional Australian towns.

"All businesses have the same responsibility to comply with their workplace obligations if they choose to employ workers, regardless of location."

Nationally, more than $190,000 was back-paid to 268 employees from 94 businesses, and 14 infringement notices were issued.

The report concluded that factors for business non-compliance included limited access to education and training, reduced access to services, and limited employment options.

The full report can be read on the FWO's website.

DARLING DOWNS-MARANOA

 - 41 business audits

 - 59 per cent fully compliant

 - 78 per cent compliant with pay slip and record-keeping obligations

 - 78 per cent were paying staff correctly

 - $4914 recovered to 10 employees from eight businesses

 - Four formal cautions issued by FWO



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