From 1 July 2021, Premier Dan Andrews and the Victorian State Government legislated that “wage theft” is a criminal offence and introduced the “Wage Inspectorate” department with powers to investigate employers. R&CA strongly opposed these changes and made multiple submissions to the Victorian Government & Parliament opposing these changes.
Therefore, for an employer in Victoria, it is a criminal offence to:
- deliberately underpay employees;
- dishonestly withhold wages, superannuation or other employee entitlements such as allowances;
- falsify employee entitlement records to gain a financial advantage; or
- avoid keeping employee entitlement records to gain a financial advantage.
R&CA have provided the below resources to help navigate the new Wage Inspectorate department.