what is wage theft?


Wage theft is when an employer deliberately:

  • underpays a worker for less than what should be paid
  • refuses to pay superannuation – these payments for retirement savings are compulsory
  • refuses to pay for extra time worked, including weekend, extra or after hours work
  • refuses to pay the personal, annual or other leave workers are entitled to be paid
  • refuses to pay allowances or extra pay owed under a legal award, contract or agreement, for example travel costs
  • makes unauthorised deductions from your pay 

If any of the above has happened to you, you’ve been ripped off!

It’s not fair, and it shouldn’t happen in Australia.

Unreasonably refusing to pay for work experience, trial work or training that is not linked to formal or accredited education or training requirements, other than genuine not-for-profit volunteering, may be wage theft. 

You are not alone and there are things that you can do to get money you may be owed or to help prevent theft from others in future.

Do you want to know How much should you be paid? Then follow this link.

Has your employer made deductions from your pay? Follow this link to find out when they can and cannot do it.

Do you want to know How you can get paid for what you are owed? Then follow this link.

If you want to Share your story in-confidence for help, then follow this link.


DMIRS have a link to legal versus illegal deductions from pay for state system employees: https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/labour-relations/deductions-pay