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Hon Joe Hockey MP

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service 24 September, 2007

Media Release

Minister Hockey launches non-English speaking communities' campaign

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, the Hon Joe Hockey MP, has today launched a workplace

relations information campaign targeting non-English speaking communities.

"The Australian Government is committed to protecting all working Australians, including people with little or

no English and those who have migrated here and entering the workforce for the first time," Minister Hockey


"The Government is serious about providing genuine protections and ensuring that everyone knows where

they stand.

"We will be collaborating with non-English speaking community agencies and foreign language media to

explain the workplace relations system. We will also be working closely with businesses from these

communities to ensure they are aware of their obligations.

"It is important employees know their rights at work, including the protection of penalty rates under the

Fairness Test. If people have questions about their working arrangements, they can contact the Workplace


As part of the information campaign, the Workplace Authority is writing to employers in a number of


Recent changes to the law require employers to give existing employees a copy of the Workplace Relations

Fact Sheet by 20 October 2007 and new employees within seven days of starting work. The fact sheet contains

important information on employee entitlements, including the Australian Fair Pay and Conditions Standard,

support services and basic protections for working Australians. The fact sheet is available in a number of


"More than 85 per cent of Australia’s employees are now working within the federal workplace relations


system. They can be assured that the Australian Government has a strong safety net for these workers,

including the Workplace Ombudsman which can take action against employers who do the wrong thing."

For more information on the Workplace Authority or Workplace Ombudsman call the Workplace Infoline on

1300 363 264 or visit

For further information contact:

Emma Needham 0400 334 091

Contact: Rick Yamine - Cultural Partners Australia - 0412 412 955