And now YOU can go to Jail for it.

In this day and age of slick slogans, 90 second media grabs and excessive “Pigeon-holing,” fashionable terms and descriptive phrases have largely replaced the reasoned thinking and consideration of the facts that was once the more normal reaction.

The moral standard of “Innocent until proven Guilty” has been relatively reversed. When it comes to the emotive “Cover-all” of WAGE THEFT you need to be aware…and beware!

Earlier this month, the Queensland Parliament passed a bill amending the Criminal Code, effectively making “WAGE THEFT” a criminal offence in this great State of Queensland…and punishable by up to 10 years in the “Big House!”

Directors and Business Owners…anyone who aids in underpayment…can now face criminal prosecution.

“Wage Theft” is quite often in the eye of the beholder, but this damning emotive term has come into all-too-common usage, being widely invoked on any occasion when there is a discrepancy between payments from the Employer and the expectations of the Employee.

“WAGE THEFT” can include any of the following…

  • Unpaid hours or underpaid hours
  • Unpaid penalty rates
  • Unpaid Superannuation contributions
  • Unreasonable wage deductions
  • Avoidance of payments due to “Sham” contracting
  • Intentionally classifying an Employee under the wrong award structure

Most Employers would willingly walk barefoot over broken glass for their valued people and consider them to be one of the more precious assets of the business. But with the plethora of different awards, extras and entitlements we all have to contend with, on a daily basis, it’s not difficult to imagine a scenario where one or all of us could put the wrong foot forward or tick the wrong box from time to time.

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These new laws are designed to create a fast-track, low-cost wage recovery process via the Queensland Industrial Magistrate’s Court, making stealing from an Employee a “Special Case” of stealing, indicating the harsher maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment…double the 5 years imprisonment for “General” stealing offences.

Remember, because they can call it “WAGE THEFT” anytime they feel like it…and you are powerless to do anything about that…you will be deemed “Guilty” until you have had the opportunity to demonstrate otherwise. Damage to reputation is not a consideration by people who come up with this emotive jargon!

If you are even the least bit uncertain of the degree of accuracy with which you pay your people, you should have a “Deep and Meaningful” with your INVISION Team Member today if not sooner!


If you are even the least bit uncertain of the degree of accuracy with which you pay your people, you should have a “Deep and Meaningful” with your INVISION Team Member today if not sooner! Call or email Alan and his INVISION Team.

Contact Invision Bookkeeping on (07) 3293 1436 or email us