Wage underpayment disputes

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Experienced practitioners representing employers in major wage underpayment disputes across a number of industries.

Our Workplace and Employment team is highly experienced in the successful representation of employers in major wage underpayment disputes arising out of labour supply chains against the Federal Government’s workplace regulator, the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) and trade unions. 

As a result, we are uniquely placed to represent, provide employment-related advice and generally assist businesses involved in labour supply chains, including piece work arrangements in multiple industries including the horticultural industry.

Now more than ever, the regulatory environment provides fertile ground for unmeritorious complaints of wage underpayments to be made against all players in the labour supply chain.


The head of our Workplace & Employment practice, Andrew Tobin, is named in The Best LawyersTM in Australia 2020-2021 editions for Labour and Employment Law and 2020 edition for Employee Benefits Law.

Exceptional outcomes

Primary producer and owner / We acted in civil penalty proceedings brought against them by the Fair Work Ombudsman relating to the employment practices of a former labour-hire supplier to its farming business. This was a significant case that tested laws for the first time.
Labour-hire employer / We assisted a labour-hire employer in the horticultural industry to defend multiple Federal Court proceedings brought by a trade union on behalf of foreign workers formerly placed to work for a primary producer under the Commonwealth Government’s Seasonal Workers’ Program.

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