The Fair Work Ombudsman will audit up to 50 businesses in Darwin this week, as part of a new campaign focusing on a range of sectors including cafes, restaurants and fast food.

Inspectors will check that employers are paying the correct minimum hourly rates, penalty rates, allowances, loadings and providing appropriate meal breaks. Compliance with record keeping and pay slip obligations will also be monitored.

Businesses will be randomly selected for auditing.

Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James says Darwin is home to thousands of businesses and is a persistent source of requests for assistance from workers.

“It’s important we check that workers are being paid correctly, but we also want to be pro-active about ensuring employers understand their obligations,” she said.

In September, Fair Work announced that it will spend three months it will be conducting spot checks in Adelaide’s CBD and North Adelaide, not long after a similar announcement was made for Melbourne’s Dandenong region.

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