Thursday, 16 August 2007
Questions without Notice: Additional Answers
In relation to the question from the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, I can confirm that the Workplace Authority staffing levels are increasing from around 250 to 800 staff and that in the interim, while they are recruiting those full-time staff, they have been employing temporary staff hired through three recruitment agencies. They can be classed as contract labour.
They do not know whether they are backpackers because they do not wear a backpack to work! But they can say—and I have been advised by the Workplace Authority—that experienced workplace relations practitioners make all of the decisions in relation to the fairness test.