NLA Enforceable Undertaking

NLA Enforceable Undertaking
18 November 2020

Contravention of Fair Work Act by the National Library of Australia

The National Library of Australia has entered into an Enforceable Undertaking with the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) to resolve a self-reported issue where it failed to pay casual employees weekend and public holiday shift penalties in accordance with the National Library of Australia Enterprise Agreement, its predecessor industrial instruments and the Australian Public Service Award 1998, contravening the Fair Work ACT 2009 (Cth).  The underpayments span the period from 2000 to 2020.

A National Library of Australia spokesperson commented:

"This error should not have occurred, and the National Library of Australia sincerely apologises to any casual staff who were underpaid.  Our systems and processes have been updated to ensure ongoing compliance with Fair Work regulations and steps have been taken to rectify the underpayments".

The National Library of Australia will, as a result of the Enforceable Undertaking, commit to undertake a number of activities to ensure its ongoing compliance including improved workplace training and committing to an Independent Audit.  The National Library of Australia gives a commitment that it will comply with all requirements of the Commonwealth workplace relations laws in the future.

If you worked for the National Library of Australia  as a casual employee and have queries or questions relating to your employment, please contact Walter Stopp on 02 6262 1013.  Alternatively, anyone can contact the FWO via the website at or the Infoline on 13 131 94.

This news item was originally published on on Monday 2 November 2020.

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