The Fair Work Ombudsman is set to audit 1600 hair and beauty salons across Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria, after it was revealed that over half of the industry is not complying with current workplace regulations.

Acting Fair Work Ombudsman Michael Campbell said the campaign would take 12 months to complete. “The retail, hair and beauty sectors have been selected for audit because they employ high numbers of workers, particularly young people and workers from migrant backgrounds,” he said.

In 2013, The Fair Work Ombudsman found that 55 per cent of hair and beauty salons they had audited were non-compliant. “Victoria recorded the highest rate of non-compliance with almost three quarters of salon operators audited not meeting their obligations under workplace laws,” Campbell said.

“This new hair, beauty and retail campaign will build on our previous work to reinforce the need for all workplace participants to proactively ensure they are meeting their obligations under Australian workplace laws.”

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