Industrial inspectors recovered $711,766 in unpaid wages and entitlements in 2019–20

Wageline News August 2020

In this issue:

  • 1 January 2021 pay rates now available on the Wageline website
  • Industrial inspectors recovered $711,766 in unpaid wages and entitlements in 2019-20

1 January 2021 pay rates now available on the Wageline website

New versions of the WA award summaries and the Minimum pay rates for award free employees are now available on the Wageline website which include the pay rates that come into effect from the first pay period on or after 1 January 2021.

In June the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission issued the 2020 State Wage Case decision, which grants a 1.75% per week increase in the state minimum wage and WA award rates of pay from 1 January 2021.

The minimum pay rates for award free employees and all pay rates in WA awards remain unchanged from 1 July 2020, and the increases will take effect from the first pay period on or after 1 January 2021.

If you are covered by a WA award that does not have a Wageline WA award summary, you can check the rates in the award on the WA Industrial Relations Commission website or contact Wageline on 1300 655 266.

Wageline’s WA award summaries and minimum wage information only applies to employers and employees in the state industrial relations system.  The state system covers businesses which operate as:

  • sole traders (e.g. Jane Smith trading as Jane’s Café)
  • unincorporated partnerships (e.g. Jane and Bob Smith trading as Jane’s Café)
  • unincorporated trust arrangements (e.g. Jane and Bob Smith as trustee for Jane’s Café)
  • incorporated associations that are not trading or financial corporations and other not-for-profit organisations that are not trading or financial corporations

If the business or organisation is in the national industrial relations system, visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website for information on pay rates from 1 July 2020.Wageline News, August 2020:

Private Sector Labour Relations industrial inspectors helped employees to recover over $700,000 in unpaid entitlements in the 2019–20 financial year.

232 complaints lodged with Private Sector Labour Relations resulted in $530,036 being recovered for employees whilst $181,730 was recovered as a result of proactive compliance audits in the café and restaurant sector.

Wageline also answered more than 12,800 calls and received 1,104,300 website visits.

Employees who believe they have been underpaid under a WA award, the state minimum conditions of employment or state long service leave laws should visit the Making a complaint page on the Wageline website or contact Wageline on 1300 655 266 for more information.