NSW Budget boosts workplace inspections

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NSW Budget boosts workplace inspections

More than 100 inspectors will visit 12,000 workplaces in the coming financial year to ensure that businesses are competing fairly, and protecting the rights and entitlements of more than 100,000 employees, following today’s NSW Budget.

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More than 100 inspectors will visit 12,000 workplaces in the coming financial year to ensure that businesses are competing fairly, and protecting the rights and entitlements of more than 100,000 employees, following today’s NSW Budget. 

In 2005/06, targeted compliance campaigns will include:

  • Road transport
  • Cafes and restaurants
  • Retail
  • Security
  • Construction
  • Cleaning

Minister for Industrial Relations, John Della Bosca, said the NSW Budget had allocated $18 million in 2005/06 to allow the Office of Industrial Relations to support businesses and employees. 

‘In the coming financial year, the NSW Office of Industrial Relations will undertake the largest targeted workplace inspection program of any labour agency in Australia,’ Della Bosca said.

‘By taking information directly to the workplace and checking that businesses are complying with industrial laws, we help employers and workers identify and avoid disputes before they arise.’  

The 2005/06 NSW Budget allocation includes $9 million for compliance activities and $6.7 million for the provision of information and assistance to employers.

The Office of Industrial Relations will conduct general campaigns in every region of the State and also target specific industries that demonstrate below average compliance. 

Other priorities will include:

  • Targeted workplace audits to protect the employment rights of vulnerable employees, including young people and workers from non-English speaking backgrounds, particularly in relation to unpaid trial work and minimum pay.
  • Greater assistance to small and medium business owners, through new telephone and on-line advisory services;

Just over half of the 2005/06 workplace compliance campaigns will cover employers in rural and regional areas. 

Business disappointed in NSW Budget 

NSW continues to have the highest payroll tax rate and workers compensation costs in Australia following today’s State Budget, according to leading business organisation Australian Business Limited (ABL). 

Mark Bethwaite, ABL Chief Executive Officer, said NSW is the slowest growing economy in Australia and the Budget does not change that. 

‘NSW businesses today are just as uncompetitive as yesterday.  Nothing has changed’, he said. ‘Business is disappointed with this Budget. It is more of the same.’ 

Bethwaite said excessive Government regulation continues to choke NSW businesses. 

‘Over the last year, the Queensland economy has created four times the jobs created in NSW, despite the fact the Queensland labour market is two thirds the size of NSW,’ he said.  

See: NSW Treasury website for all 2005/06 Budget Papers.

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