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Workforce Guardian HR Solutions can help you reduce the risks of big fines and penalties, damaging employee claims and personal fines for accessorial liability for breaching Australian employment laws.

Penalties for breaching Australian employment laws

Most businesses - including small businesses - are now covered by the Fair Work Act 2009.

Employers risk penalties of up to $63,000 for each breach of the Fair Work Act 2009.

Higher penalties also apply for some 'serious contraventions' (up to $126,000 per contravention for an individual and up to $630,000 per contravention for companies).

Fair Work Inspectors appointed by the Fair Work Ombudsman have the power to enter a workplace at any time during working hours to inspect records and ensure compliance.

Read more about fines and penalties: Fair Work Act 2009 | Recent prosecutions

Personal penalties for accessorial liability

Under Section 550 of the Fair Work Act, key Advisors, such as HR managers and payroll professionals, risk personal prosecution for accessorial liability if their employer breaches Australian employment laws.

Over 90% of all litigations commenced by the Fair Work Ombudsman last financial year sought orders against accessories.

If you fail to correctly explain the rules to your employer, make it clear when they are in danger of breaking them or become involved in breaches of the law yourself you risk being held personally liable.

Read more about how to avoid personal fines for accessorial liability | Recent prosecutions

Penalties for breaching workplace health & safety laws

Employers risk penalties of up to $3,000,000 and imprisonment for breaches of Australian Workplace Health and Safety laws.

Australia's laws impose a legal obligation upon employers regarding how they manage workplace health and safety-related matters. 

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Penalties for employing illegal workers

Employers risk penalties of up to $250,000 and/or five years imprisonment for employing illegal workers.

It is the responsibility of all Australian businesses to employ legal workers.

Employers are expected to take a reasonable number of steps to make sure they are not empl​oying, referring or contracting illegal workers.

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Penalties for breaching other workplace laws

Employers must also comply with all national employment laws such as:

  • Sex Discrimination Act 1984
  • Racial Discrimination Act 1975
  • Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act 1999

As well as numerous Acts in each State  and territory where they operate. Such as those which protect people from discrimination.

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