Chance for employers and workers to learn about their rights


THE Fair Work Ombudsman will be available at three Sunshine Coast events next week to help employers and workers learn more about their workplace rights and responsibilities.

Fair Work Inspectors will run a free presentation for employers on Tuesday, 16 July, between 4.00pm and 5.30pm at Lake Kawana Community Centre, on Sportsman Avenue, Bokarina.

The presentation will provide an overview of the Fair Work system, including the National Employment Standards and modern awards, and cover topics including common employer oversights, work practices to avoid and provide an opportunity for employers to ask questions.

The session is being run in conjunction with the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning and employers wanting to attend need to register by calling 07 5470 8172 or emailing their name, phone number and business name to

In addition, Fair Work Inspectors will be available to answer questions about pay and other aspects of workplace laws on Wednesday, 17 July, between 8.30am and 5.00pm at the Mike Ahearn Building, Ground Floor, on First Avenue, Maroochydore.

Employers and employees can drop in during these hours or make an appointment to see a Fair Work Inspector by calling 07 4699 5856 or emailing

The Fair Work Ombudsman will also operate an information booth at the Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo on Thursday, 18 July, between 10am and 2pm and again between 4pm and 7pm at the USC Sports Stadium, Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs. Entry is free.

Fair Work Inspector, Robert Evans, said the workplace regulator's visit to the Sunshine Coast aimed to raise awareness amongst employers and employees of national workplace laws.

"A big part of the Fair Work Ombudsman's role is to help build knowledge in the community about workplace laws and to help create fairer workplaces," Mr Evans said.

"Opportunities where we can speak directly to employers, employees, and people who may be about to start a new job or be a future employer, are an important way to help achieve that.

"We encourage anyone on the Sunshine Coast who would like to learn more about national workplace laws to take advantage of the advice being offered at these events."

Employers and employees seeking further information and advice can get in touch with the Fair Work Ombudsman via the website or call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. A free interpreter service is available on 13 14 50.

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