Wage Theft in South Australia

Committee Details

Legislative Council
54th Parliament 03/05/2018 - 19/02/2022
Report tabled.

Committee Function

To inquire into and report on wage theft in South Australia, with particular reference to -
(a) The prevalence and incidence of wage theft in South
Australia, with acknowledgement to evidence of wage
theft from other parts of Australia;
(b) The impact of wage theft on workers, families, law-
abiding businesses, the economy and community;
(c) The various forms that wage theft can take, including
through unpaid superannuation and any other statutory
entitlements, the misuse of ABNs and sham contracting
(d) The reasons why wage theft is occurring, including
whether the current regulatory framework and practises
are effective for deterrence;
(e) The sectors in which wage theft is prevalent, including
industries, occupations, parts of the state, or among
cohorts of workers;
(f) The effectiveness of the current regulatory framework at
State and Federal level in dealing with wage theft and
supporting affected workers, including whether conditions
preventing prosecution of white collar fraud are
fundamental towards supporting the legality of wage
(g) Measures to ensure support services are in place to
guarantee accessible and cost-effective justice to expedite
(h) Options for ensuring wage theft is eradicated, including
consideration of regulatory and other measures either
implemented or proposed in other jurisdictions interstate,
nationally or internationally and the role of industrial
organisations, including unions and employer registered
bodies in addressing and preventing wage theft;
(ha) The impact of COVID-19 economic measures on work
(hb) The intersection of slavery and slavery-like practices with
wage theft to establish the depths of human trafficking in
South Australia; and
(i) Any other related matter

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Parliament of South Australia acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional owners of this country throughout Australia, and their connection to land and community. We pay our respect to them and their cultures and to the Elders both past and present.