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We are experts at recovering unpaid wages

Fair Work Claims has extensive experience recovering unpaid wages and entitlements for our clients.

Unpaid wages happen when your employer doesn’t pay you the legal minimum monetary amount, or allowances and entitlements that are outlined in the agreement or award that you work under.

It can happen by mistake, but in many instances, unpaid wages (or wage theft) is a deliberate action taken by your boss to steal money that you are rightly and lawfully entitled to.

The national minimum wage

As of 1 July 2021, the national minimum wage is $20.33 per hour or $772.60 for a 38-hour week.

Casual employees get at least a 25 per cent loading on top of that.

However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the increase will be delayed for some awards.

Retail workers will not receive the increase until 1 September 2021.

Aviation, tourism and fitness workers will not receive the increase until 1 November 2021.

How do I know which award applies to my job?

Different jobs in different industries have different minimum pay rates and allowances and entitlements.

The specific wages and entitlements that you are eligible for will depend on:

  • your age;
  • the state you live in;
  • the industry you work in;
  • your qualifications; and
  • your duties and responsibilities.

To check which award applies to your job, visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website and use the Find My Award Pay Calculator.

How we can help

Fair Work Claims are experts at investigating, calculating and recovering unpaid wages, and can assist you through every step of the process.

We will request your pay records from your employer.

Then our analysts will calculate the difference between what you were paid, and what you should have been paid.

We have an intimate understanding of modern awards, including overtime, penalty rates, loadings, allowances and entitlements.

Therefore, you can be assured we will find every last cent that you are owed.

We will then negotiate with your employer to recover your unpaid wages.

If necessary, we can escalate the matter to the Federal Court.

Wage Theft Check

A fast and economical way to find out if you are owed unpaid wages is with a Wage Theft Check.

For a small fee, we will access your pay records, and crunch the numbers to calculate exactly how much money you are owed.

We will then provide you with a detailed report of any underpayments that we uncover, and advise you how to go about recovering your stolen wages.

At that point, you will also have the option of engaging our services to commence recovery action on your behalf.

For help and advice about unpaid wages, please contact our team at Fair Work Claims on 1300 324 748 or click here to register for a quick call back from one of our consultants.


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