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Fair Work Ombudsman to focus on real estate agents
Released 24 January 2012



The Fair Work Ombudsman has announced that inspectors will be checking the books of up to 350 real estate agents over the next two months as part of its latest education and compliance campaign in NSW.     

Fair Work inspectors have selected 120 real estate agents in metropolitan Sydney and 230 in regional NSW for audit. They will be checking that agencies are paying employees correctly, with a particular focus on ensuring salespeople paid on a commission-only or part-commission basis are receiving their full entitlements.

Inspectors will also be checking that reception and administrative staff are being paid their full entitlements, including minimum pay rates and penalty rates.

Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson said the campaign is being conducted in response to concerns raised by key industry stakeholders that some employers are not complying with pay obligations to salespeople who receive commissions.

"A key focus of the campaign is making employers aware of the free resources available to assist them to understand and comply with workplace laws," Mr Wilson said.

"The campaign will also benefit employers who are complying with workplace laws because our auditing of compliance with minimum pay rates will help to ensure businesses are competing on a level playing field."

Areas of Sydney included in the campaign are:

  • Blacktown
  • Bondi
  • Bronte
  • Burwood
  • Camden
  • Campbelltown              
  • Caringbah
  • Carlton
  • Castle Hill
  • CBD
  • Chatswood
  • Hurstville
  • Ingleburn
  • Leichhardt
  • Liverpool
  • Manly
  • Maroubra
  • Miranda
  • North Sydney
  • Padstow
  • Parramatta
  • Penrith
  • Potts Point
  • Pyrmont
  • Randwick
  • Rockdale
  • Strathfield
  • Sutherland
  • Thornleigh
Regional areas include: 
  • Dubbo
  • Gosford
  • Newcastle
  • Lismore
  • Nelson Bay
  • Nowra
  • Orange
  • Port Macquarie
  • Terrigal
  • The Entrance
  • Wollongong
The Fair Work Ombudsman's website - www.fairwork.gov.au - has a number of tools and resources to assist business-owners calculate the correct pay for the employees.