It’s now easier for overseas workers and linguistically diverse communities to find out about their workplace rights and obligations, with the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website now accessible in 40 languages other than English.
Visitors to fairwork.gov.au can now translate website content, including fact sheets, information guides and templates.
Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James said, “Language barriers can represent a significant obstacle to workers seeking to find out what their rights and entitlements are, knowing where and how to seek help with workplace issues, or having the confidence to speak up.
“We know that this can leave workers vulnerable to exploitation and we see far too many examples where people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, particularly visa holders, are treated unfairly and unlawfully in the workplace.”
Natalie said that the real-time translated content would enable those with limited English skills to more easily find the information they need, when they need it.