Fair Work Ombudsman holding $2.5 million in unclaimed wages – could some of it be yours?

Have a feeling you may have been underpaid at a previous job? Chances are you could be one of 10,000 people entitled to a share of a whopping $2.5 million in unclaimed wages.

The Fair Work Ombudsman is currently holding over $2.5 million in trust for thousands of people who were underpaid in a former job but can’t be located.

Spokesperson Sandra Parker said compliance and enforcement activities regularly find underpayments of both current and former employees, and urged workers who suspect they were underpaid to check if they’re now entitled to some money.


“If an employee is owed money but has left the business and can’t be located, these entitlements are held in trust until we are able to find them,” Ms Parker said.

“We make extensive efforts to locate underpaid former employees, using internal investigation records, government public resources, social media and online tools.”

Since 2010, the Fair Work Ombudsman has reunited almost $2 million in unclaimed wages with over 1,800 workers.

To check if you are entitled to unclaimed wages, visit www.fairwork.gov.au or call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94.

An interpreter service is also available on 13 14 50.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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