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In this Fact Sheet, we look at a common ‘scam’ in employment – misleading employment advertising. Ads may mislead you about the availability, nature and terms or conditions of employment. They may appear in newspapers, be advertised on social media, or sent directly to you as an unsolicited text message.
Ads can be misleading because:
It is unlawful for job ads to include pay rates that are less than minimum entitlements – for instance, that offer less than minimum wage, or less than the relevant Modern Award or Enterprise Agreement pay rate. These ads can be reported to the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Misleading job and business opportunity ads are unlawful under the Australian Consumer Law. They should be reported to the relevant authorities:
You should always find out more information from the employer. For example, you should find out about:
You should receive direct answers to your questions. If the employer is avoiding answering any of these questions, then take this as a warning sign.
More detail can be found in the Fact Sheet which you should download.