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Fair Work Inspectors target Canberra and Queanbeyan

The Fair Work Ombudsman is auditing businesses in Canberra and Queanbeyan as part of a new campaign.

Fair Work inspectors are checking employers are paying the correct minimum hourly rates, penalty rates, allowances and loadings and providing appropriate meal breaks.

Compliance with record-keeping and pay-slip obligations is also being monitored.

The campaign is focusing on employers across various sectors, including computer system design, superannuation funds, road freight transport, carpentry, hospitality, sport and camping stores, accounting, landscaping, building construction, cleaning, hairdressing and beauty and real estate.

In Canberra, inspectors are focusing on Woden and Weston Creek.

All businesses are being randomly selected.

Employers risk penalties of up to $54,000 for each breach of the Fair Work Act 2009.

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

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

HR Managers, Directors and people responsible for payroll and administration functions also risk personal fines under Section 550 of the Fair Work Act 2009.

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