Proactive compliance campaigns

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Private Sector Labour Relations undertakes proactive compliance campaigns to improve compliance by employers with state employment laws.  Our current campaigns and recently completed campaigns are detailed below. 

Current campaigns

Cafés and restaurants in the state industrial relations system - October 2019

Private Sector Labour Relations initiated the cafés and restaurants compliance campaign to ensure that cafés and restaurant businesses in the state industrial relations system are paying employees correctly.

In October 2019 cafés and restaurant businesses covered by the state industrial relations system are receiving a letter and information brochure as part of the education component of the campaign.

Selected businesses will then be audited by industrial inspectors from Private Sector Labour Relations to ensure that employees are receiving their correct pay rates and entitlements, and business owners are maintaining correct employment records.

View the Employment obligations for cafés and restaurants page.

Beauty salons in the state industrial relations system - 2019

This is a state-wide education campaign focussed on minimum rates of pay and staff entitlements for workers in beauty salons operating in the state industrial relations system.

In July 2019 over 500 businesses across Western Australia were provided with information on the minimum conditions for employees in this industry.  Beauty salons in the state industrial relations system are those where the businesses operate as:

  • sole traders (e.g. Jane Smith trading as Jane’s Beauty Spa),
  • unincorporated partnerships (e.g. Jane and Bob Smith trading as Jane’s Beauty Spa)
  • unincorporated trust arrangements (Jane and Bob Smith as trustees for Jane’s Beauty Spa).

Following the education phase of this campaign, selected beauty salon businesses are now being audited by industrial inspectors from Private Sector Labour Relations to ensure that employees are receiving the correct rates of pay and entitlements and the business is keeping correct employment records.  

Business which are included in this stage of the campaign will be required to provide records that will be audited by industrial inspectors to ensure employees are receiving their correct pay rates and entitlements.

The Employment obligations in beauty salons page of the Wageline website has more information, or contact Wageline if you have queries on 1300 655 266.

As the education stage has now ended, industrial inspectors from Private Sector Labour Relations have selected a sample of businesses to be audited.  The compliance audit stage checks that employees are receiving their correct pay rates and entitlements, and that business owners are maintaining correct employment records.

Wageline news announcement about the campaign moving to the audit phase was published in September 2019. 

Employment of children in takeaway food businesses - 2019

The takeaway food industry is a significant employer of young people in Western Australia.  The Children and Community Services Act 2004 (CCS Act) restricts when children under 15 can work in takeaway food businesses, and a proactive campaign to improve compliance with the child employment laws was launched in April 2019. 

As part of the education stage of this campaign, Wageline has sent hundreds of takeaway food businesses across Western Australia information about their obligations for employing children.  This included an information brochure: Laws restrict when children under 15 can work in takeaway food businesses.

A select number of businesses are now being audited by industrial inspectors from Private Sector Labour Relations to ensure that children are not being employed or otherwise engaged in breach of the CCS Act.

More information about the employment of children in takeaway food businesses is available on the Employment of children laws in WA – shop, restaurant, fast food or takeaway food business page.

Previous campaigns

Nail salons in the state industrial relations system – 2018 and 2019

Private Sector Labour Relations Division industrial inspectors have found that one in four nail salons were non-compliant with state employment laws in a proactive compliance campaign conducted in the year to June 2019.

Nail salon businesses were audited by industrial inspectors from Private Sector Labour Relations to ensure that employees were receiving their correct pay rate entitlements, and that business owners were maintaining correct employment records. 

For more information on the nail salons campaign, view the Employment obligations in nail salons page.

The findings from this proactive compliance campaign have been released and can be viewed in the Nail Salons Proactive Compliance Campaign Evaluation Report

Horse riding schools and equestrian centres 2018 

The Children and Community Services Act 2004 (CCS Act) prohibits children under 15 working in horse riding schools and equestrian centres.  In September 2018, Private Sector Labour Relations commenced a campaign to promote compliance by horse riding schools and equestrian centre businesses with the child employment laws.

Following the education component of the campaign, selected businesses were audited by industrial inspectors from Private Sector Labour Relations to ensure that children were not being employed or otherwise engaged in breach of the CCS Act. 

Of the 78 businesses included in the compliance audit, no breaches were identified, with a majority of businesses returning Compliance undertaking forms confirming that children under the age of 15 years of age were not employed. Read the complete findings in the Proactive Compliance Campaign Evaluation Report – Horse riding schools and equestrian centres

For more information on the CCS Act and the campaign refer to the Employment of children laws in WA - horse riding schools and equestrian centres page.

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