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Wage theft offences – July 2021

Information about the offences of wage theft or falsifying employee records to cover wage theft.

Published:
Wednesday 30 June 2021 at 12:00 am

From 1 July 2021, there are new offences prohibiting wage theft and falsifying employment records. Offences include allowing a third party (such as a worker hire company) to deliberately withhold benefits or underpay staff.

Allegations of wage theft are investigated by the Victorian Wage Inspectorate, a newly created statutory body. Serious matters will be handed over to the Director of Public Prosecutions. 

Individuals with power to made decisions about these practices (such as company directors) may be held liable as well as an employer. 

Maximum penalty is 10 years prison for a person or 6000 penalty units for a company. These are equivilant to the penalty for theft under the Crimes Act 1958

See Wage theft.  

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