Regional cafes, restaurants targeted in fair work blitz

EMPLOYERS at cafes and restaurants around regional Queensland and New South Wales will come under the spotlight of a crackdown on 1500 such businesses in coming months.

The audits, by the Fair Work Ombudsman, will focus on ensuring employees are getting paid correctly, and that businesses are keeping proper records.

Among the areas that can expect a visit are Byron Bay, Murwillumbah and Nimbin in NSW and Bundaberg, Bowen, Emerald, Gympie, Mackay, Ipswich, and the Sunshine Coast.

The crackdown is part of a wider three-year campaign by the FWO focusing on the hospitality industry, which found more than a third of employers weren't meeting obligations.

Ombudsman Natalie James said the industry generates a large number of complaints, and had a high number of vulnerable young and foreign workers.

"While it's important we ensure workers are receiving their full entitlements, we'll also work with industry bodies and individual businesses to ensure employers are aware of their obligations and meet them," she said.


NSW: Byron Bay, Murwillumbah, Nimbin

QLD: Airlie Beach, Ayr, Bowen, Bundaberg, Caboolture, Emerald, Gympie, Hamilton Island, Hervey bay, Ipswich, Mackay, Port Douglas, Stanthorpe, Sunshine Coast.

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