On 1 July 2021, it became a crime for an employer in Victoria to:
- deliberately and dishonestly underpay employees
- deliberately and dishonestly withhold wages, superannuation or other employee entitlements
- falsify employee entitlement records to gain a financial advantage
- avoid keeping employee entitlement records to gain a financial advantage
These crimes are punishable by a fine of up to $218,088 or up to 10 years’ jail for individuals and a fine of up to $1,090,440 for companies.
Wage theft offences involve deliberate and dishonest conduct. Honest mistakes made by employers who exercise due diligence in paying wages and entitlements are not considered wage theft.
At the Wage Inspectorate our role under Victoria’s wage theft laws is to:
- educate businesses and workers about their rights and obligations
- investigate wage theft and prosecute offenders
- respond to reports and tip-offs about wage theft.
We only investigate matters that occurred in Victoria or have a link to Victoria.
Ask us a question or report suspected wage theft
Use our online form to:
- ask a question about wage theft
- report suspected wage theft
- submit additional documents for an existing report.
Reviewed 22 July 2021