Underpaid Workers Reimbursement

The Fair Work Ombudsman recovered more than $532 million for 384,805 underpaid workers in 2021-22. This is a record sum of back-paid wages and entitlements for a record number of employees.

That is an overall average of about $1,380 per person.

The recoveries, detailed in the workplace regulator’s latest Annual Report, are three times higher than the previous record recoveries in 2020-21, and more than quadruple that achieved in 2019-20.

More than half of the year’s recoveries came from large corporate employers, who back-paid nearly $279 million to more than 267,000 employees.

Employers and employees can visit www.fairwork.gov.au or call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 for free advice and assistance about their rights and obligations in the workplace.

View the 2021-22 Fair Work Ombudsman Annual Report

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