Fair Work Statement

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breakthru recently undertook a review of its payroll systems and processes and determined that it contravened the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) by incorrectly applying classification and/or pay point levels to some of its employees under the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 (the SCHADS Award), the Labour Market Assistance Industry Award 2010 (the LMAI Award), the Break Thru People Solutions, Norwood Programs Collective Agreement 2013-2015 (the Norwood Agreement) and the Break Thru – Enterprise Agreement 2016 – 2019 (the Agreement) (collectively the relevant industrial instruments), resulting in underpayments to 649 current and former employees.

On 6 March 2020, breakthru formally admitted to the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) that contraventions of the Act had occurred and has now entered into an Enforceable Undertaking, committing to a number of measures to remedy the contraventions identified and ensure ongoing compliance with Commonwealth workplace laws, including back paying of the affected employees, conducting two independent audits and formally apologising to individual employees.

The Enforceable Undertaking was entered following breakthru self-reporting the contraventions to the FWO and working towards rectifying the issues and making payments to affected employees.

breakthru expresses its sincerest regrets and apologises for these contraventions.

If you worked for breakthru during the period 2014 to 2020 and have queries or questions relating to your employment, please contact breakthru directly through our enquiry line on (02) 9055 9311 or by email hrmgt@breakthru.org.au.

Alternatively, anyone can contact the Fair Work Ombudsman via www.fairwork.gov.au or on 13 13 94

This Media Release was published and updated on 18 March 2021.