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Wage theft inquiry

March 31, 2019

On Wednesday, 23 January 2019, the McGowan Government announced an inquiry into wage theft in Western Australia.

Wage theft is the phrase which is being used to describe ‘the systematic and deliberate underpayment of wages or entitlements to workers’.

The inquiry will be undertaken by Tony Beech, former Chief Commissioner of the Western Australia Industrial Relations Commission. Submissions are currently being sought on a range of matters from workers, unions, employers and employer organisation and community organisations which are particularised in the Terms of Reference.

For further details including the Terms of Reference regarding the WA Inquiry into wage theft, see


The inquiry in Western Australia will consider:

  • whether there is evidence of wage theft, and the reasons behind it
  • the impact on workers, businesses and the community
  • the prevalence in certain industries or sectors; and
  • the current regulatory framework, both at a State and Federal level and recommendations on strategies to combat wage theft and assist affected workers.

HIA will provide written submissions in response to the Terms of Reference. Following this, the inquiry report and recommendations will be provided to Government by June 2019.

HIA will be providing submissions in response to inquiry and will notify members of any further developments.