Gold Coast to host Wage Theft Inquiry

LOCAL workers who feel they have been ripped off by their employer are being urged to attend next week’s Queensland Parliamentary Wage Theft Inquiry public hearing on the Gold Coast.

The event will be held at Novotel in Surfers Paradise from 8.30-11am.

Workers who have been underpayed, not received the correct penalty rates or super, or had unauthorised deductions taken out of their wage are encouraged to register for the hearing.


Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said workers should receive a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.

“I’d like to see as many law-abiding businesses and workers there as possible,” Ms Scanlon said.

“It’s vital we hear from wage theft victims on how they think we can stop this insidious practice.

“We aren’t going to sit back and watch it continue to happen, compared to the LNP who showed their lack of care for workers when they voted against this inquiry even taking place.

Ms Scanlon said wage theft can also include unpaid work trials, the misuse of ABNs and sham contracting to deny workers their proper entitlements.

“The cases that have appeared in the media such as 7 Eleven, Dominos, Pizza Hut and Caltex only scratch the surface,” she said.

“We need to understand what is happening, why it is happening, and what we need to do about it – whether at a state level, or at a federal level where much of the responsibility lies.

“Given the Federal Government has declined to take action, Queensland will do all it can at a state level.”

Anyone who would like to appear before the Inquiry can register their interest to speak here or by calling the Committee Secretariat on 07 3553 6657.

Members of the public may also register to attend as an observer.

The public has until September 30 to participate in an online survey about wage theft.

The Education, Employment and Small Business Committe will report the inquiry’s findings to Parliament by November 16.