British backpackers have had a win after being underpaid by a Far North crocodile farm.
British backpackers have had a win after being underpaid by a Far North crocodile farm. Mike Knott

Crocodile feeding workers underpaid $13k

UNDERPAID backpackers whose job description included feeding crocodiles and cleaning up dung have been awarded more than $13,000 following a Fair Work Ombudsman investigation.

The two British nationals worked for four months as ­casuals at a Far North crocodile farm in 2016, notching up the 88-day employment ­required to become eligible for a second year in Australia on their 417 working holiday visas.

Their duties included feeding crocodiles, cleaning pens, preparing feed and undertaking general maintenance and manual labour on the farm, which supplied crocodile skins to high-end European fashion labels.

The duo generally worked about 37 hours weekly and were each paid a flat rate of $324 per week, with one later receiving a pay rise to $463 after he started driving a dump truck on the farm.

Fair Work said the wages fell well short of the legal minimum entitlements under the Pastoral Award.

More on this at the Cairns Post

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