Complacency can be costly and is on the increase. Non-compliance in employment relations, like all areas of workplace law, becomes more and more expensive, with the value of a Penalty Unit at $170.

Penalty Units

Many Federal legislative instruments use the term Penalty Unit when apportioning fines for breaches of the legislation.

Due to amendments to the Crimes Act, which defines all Federal Penalty Units, the cost of fines and penalties for breaching one of these legislative instruments has increased. The increase applies to all breaches committed after 28 December 2012.

What does it mean?

For employers it means that the cost to the business of most breaches under the Fair Work Act, such as filing to provide a Fair Work Information Statement, has gone up from $33,000 to $51,000. While the cost of such breaches to the individual has gone up from $6,600 to $10,200.

Under the Fair Work Act, employers face several key areas of responsibility and potential breach, including:

  • the National Employment Standards (NES);
  • a modern awards
  • general protections including adverse action; and
  • all other provisions under the FWA.

ACAPMA reminds employers that the cost of non compliance is increasing and encourages management to review current business practices to ensure they are not exposed.

Here to help

ACAPMA members are reminded that the ACAPMAlliance Workplace Relations Professionals are available to assist with position descriptions and managing safety in your business. For more information just call 1300 160 270.

HR Highlights are things to consider, implement and watch out for in your business. They are provided as general advice and you should seek further advice on your situation by calling 1300 160 270 and speaking to one of the ACAPMA Workplace Relations Professionals its free for members.

ACAPMA membership is affordable at only $550 per year for a single site and valuable with sites gaining HR advice support and representation as well as a raft of other benefits and discounts. Click here to apply for ACAPMA membership.

Elisha Radwanowski
BCom (HRM & IR)
Workplace Services