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‘Tip of the iceberg’: Insiders reveal dark truth behind apprenticeship crisis, by Jack Evans, 10th October, 2023

Melbourne companies charged with workplace manslaughter after apprentice death, Canberra Times by Millie Costigan, 10th February, 2023 

Why Aussies aren't completing apprenticeships!, ABC Everyday by Kellie Scott, 7th November 2022

A Current Affair covers the 23 year low apprenticeship completion rate in Victoria, A Current Affair, 8th October 2022

McKell Institute Executive Director, Michael Buckland tells Raf why apprentices aren't finishing their apprenticeships (from, 1:55:30), ABC Drive, 29th September 2022 

YWC activist and former apprentice Alia shares her story LIVE on channel 7, Channel 7 News, 29th September 2022

Alia and McKell Institute's Michael Buckland speak about the issues apprentices are facing on 3AW, Mornings with Neil Mitchell 3AW, 29th September 2022

YWC Director Felicity Sowerbutts told Channel 7 News what needs to change with the current apprenticeship system, Channel 7, 29th September 2022

‘Crying in the freezer every day’: When apprenticeships go awry, The Age, 29th September 2022

‘I vomited almost every morning’: not enough being done to protect apprentices, report finds, The Guardian, 29th September 2022

Why superannuation is important to young workers, ABC News, 30th June 2022

Toxic Apprenticeships, Triple J Hack, 1st December 2021

Apprentices claim extreme workplace abuse, Triple J Hack, 13th May 2021

Apprenticeship Campaign, 3CR Stick Together, 12th May 2021

Licensing system needed to protect apprentices from rampant underpayment, injury, abuse, union says. ABC Radio Melbourne, 10th May 2021

Apprenticeships - They aren't what they used to be, 3CR Stick Together, 24th March 2021

Apprentices, Breakfasters - RRR, 4 January 2021

Is this the end?: Newspapers and Apprenticeships During the Pandemic (from 18:58), 3CR Stick Together, 12 August 2020

Am I being treated fairly?, Mirage News, 23 April 2020

Am I being treated fairly?, MyGain Podcast, 20 April 2020

Casual work left Mitch 'stressed and depressed'. Then he found a permanent gig, ABC Everyday, 15th June 2022

Sick pay for casuals, Triple J, 15th March 2022

The cost of insecure work for young people, Triple J Hack, 24 November 2020

Victoria shows coronavirus is a pandemic of casual, insecure work, Triple J Hack, 27 July 2020

Casual workers' rights, Triple J Hack, 21 May 2020

Federal Budget 2021, Channel 7 Sunrise, 12 May 2021

The Federal Government's latest industrial relations bill, On the Job Podcast, 15 December 2020

Penalty rate cut an attack on young workers, Green Left Weekly, 18 March 2017

Grill'd (from 24:30), ABC Mornings, 9 December 2019

Grill'd customers left with a sour taste after low-wage revelations, The Age, 7 December 2019

Burger chain Grill'd underpays staff, Nine News Australia, 7 December 2019

Grill'd on the Griller, A Current Affair 

Why superannuation is important to young workers, ABC News, 30th June 2022

Is the ATO resourced with unpaid super complaints, Money Management, 26th November 2021

Superannuation for low-paid workers, The Age, 25 January 2021

Superannuation Rip-Offs, Hack (radio broadcast, 16 minute mark), 26 March 2018

A hipster Melbourne coffee chain has forked out $50k in unpaid wages and super for young workers, Buzzfeed, 12 September 2017

ABC Melbourne discussed young workers rights and wage theft on the conversation hour featuring Young Workers Centre Director Felicity Sowerbutts, ABC Radio Melbourne, 6th December 2022

Understanding Wage Theft with Mairead and Liam, Done by Law 3CR, 16th November 2021

Wage Theft, Breakfasters - RRR, 5 July 2021

Wage Theft, (from 7:23) ABC News VIC, 1 July 2021 

Wage Theft, (from 1:45:51) ABC Radio Melbourne Drive, 1 July 2021 

Wage theft to become illegal in Victoria as Victoria's Parliament passes new laws, The Age, 17 June 2020

Australia's first wage theft laws set to pass in Victoria, The Age, 15 June 2020

Addressing the widespread problem of wage theft, ABC Radio National, 26 February 2020

Wage Theft Crackdown: Bosses Caught Underpaying Workers Could Be Jailed, 10 Daily, 19 February 2020

Felicity Sowerbutts on wage theft, Channel 7 Sunrise, 2 November 2019

Felicity Sowerbutts on wage theft, ABC Radio Sydney, 31 October 2019

How to know if you're being ripped off at work - and what you can do about it, ABC Life, 31 October 2019

Felicity Sowerbutts on wage theft, JOY FM, 5 October 2019

Wage theft, Triple J Hack, 19 August 2019

Focus interviewed Oanh Tran about Wage Theft, ABC Radio Sydney, 12 February 2019 (Audio expired)

How to make sure you're not being ripped off at work, Triple J Hack, 3 January 2019

Young and underpaid: Your definitive guide to getting the money your boss owes you, ABC News, 21 May 2018

Labor promises to jail bosses over wage theft, The Sydney Morning Herald, 25 May 2018

Wage Theft, ABC Radio Drive (radio broadcast, 1hr 16 minute mark), 13 April 2018

Push to jail employers for up to 10 years for 'wage theft', The Age, 7 April 2018

One in five young workers are getting paid below the minimum wage, Junkee, 5 May 2017

George Calombaris

Administrators selling Calombaris venues,, 11 February 2020

Recovering stolen wages for Calombaris' workers (from 1:22:40), ABC Mornings, 11 February 2020

Workers employed by failed restaurant mogul George Calombaris may not receive their entitlements, 10 News First Melbourne, 11 February 2020

George Calombaris' restaurants are up for grabs tonight, 7NEWS Melbourne, 11 February 2020

Calombaris wage theft is only the tip of the iceberg, The Wire, 24 July 2019

Oanh Tran on Calombaris wage theft, Jon Faine - ABC Radio, 18 July 2019 (audio expired)

George Calombaris’ Hellenic Republic restaurant hit by underpayment claims, ABC News Vic TV Bulletin, 13 July 2018

George Calombaris' restaurant group moves forward payment of unpaid wages in face of criticism, Broadsheet Melbourne, 12 September 2017

"Does this guy owe you money?" Union launches campaign offering free legal advice to workers owed money by George Calombaris - as the Masterchef judge faces assault charges in court, Daily Mail Australia, 8 September 2017


Barry cafe

These young workers say they’re owed thousands in unpaid wages from a Melbourne store, Junkee, 1 August 2018

Melbourne's Barry cafe settles wrongful termination claim with underpaid worker , ABC News, 29 August 2018

Barry Cafe Has Finally Apologised To The Worker Who Called Them Out For Wage Theft, Junkee, 29 August 2018

Melbourne’s Barry café accused of underpaying staff, ABC News, 21 May 2018

Melbourne café owner threatens to sue staff, who claimed they were underpaid, for ‘harassment’, ABC News, 27 April 2018

Workers At A Popular Melbourne Café Say They Were Fired After Asking For Legal Pay, Junkee, 23 April 2018


Other cases of wage theft

These young workers say they’re owed thousands in unpaid wages from a Melbourne store, Junkee, 1 August 2018

Owed $20K: Fair Work Ombusdman failing underpaid workers victims say, Triple J Hack, 27 June 2018

The Owner Of Melbourne's "Best Cocktail Bar" Told A Future Employee That Penalty Rates Don't Exist In Victoria, Buzzfeed, 4 June 2018

The Owner of Melbourne’s ‘Burger Buzz’ Was Just Fined $300,000 For Exploiting Young Workers, Junkee, 10 May 2018

Burch and Purchese staff claim they were underpaid, intimidated by celebrity chef, ABC News, 16 May 2018

Workers burnt by Melbourne first aid company underpayments, The Age, 11 April 2018

The Doughnut Time Scandal is Ever Bigger Than We Thought, Junkee, 19 March 2018

Bartenders claim they were paid less than the cocktails they serve, The Age, 14 December 2017

Young workers at this Melbourne burger joint are protesting against underpayment, Junkee, 29 November 2017

A hipster Melbourne coffee chain has forked out $50k in unpaid wages and super for young workers, Buzzfeed, 12 September 2017

Former UniLodge caretakers claim $700,000 in unpaid wages, Sydney Morning Herald, 7 July 2017

7-Eleven protest hits Melbourne CBD store, The Age, 18 May 2016

Ways to make your work life better, ABC Everyday, 12 January 2021

Nice work if you can get it, Frankie Magazine (Issue 86), October 2018

Youth worker Keelia Fitzpatrick’s top tips for young people starting their first job, ABC News: 7:30, 2 May 2018 (video expired)