Forty-seven per cent of employers are not aware of their obligations to
notify Centrelink if they plan to make 15 or more employees redundant.
In a report released by employment law firm Deacons, a signifi
cant number of respondents to the Workplace Pulse survey had al
ready made job cuts in the past six months. However, an alarming 47
per cent were not aware of their obligations to notify Centrelink if they
planned to do this from 1 July onwards.
Deacons partner Sarah Ralph noted that currently, under the cur
rent Workplace Relations Act, notification requirement is not deemed
as a civil remedy or offence provision. However the new Fair Work Bill
makes failure to notify Centrelink a civil penalty provision, with the
maximum penalty of $3300.