Are you in VIC? If not, please change below.

In your state, you are required to confirm you wish to access this information. Please enter 'QLD' or 'WA' in the field below to continue.

No thanks

Stolen Wages Class Action

Shine Lawyers is investigating legal action on behalf of thousands of Indigenous Australians who were negatively impacted by wage control legislation that was in effect from the late 1800s until the 1970s.

The firm is examining allegations that tens of thousands of indigenous workers across Australia never received their wages which were held in government controlled trust accounts. These affected Indigenous workers were employed in many different industries and held roles such as stockmen, farm hands, laundry assistants, kitchen hands, labourers and domestic workers. In many cases, these workers never received part or any of their wages.

Millions could be owed to indigenous workers in stolen wages

Historians estimate that the state of Queensland alone may owe indigenous workers approximately $500 million, and it is likely that similar amounts may be owed to Indigenous workers by other Australian states and territories.

Register Now

Cairns-based law firm Bottoms English Lawyers (BELAW) are running an action against the State Government of Queensland, Hans Pearson v State of Queensland, on behalf of indigenous Australians whose wages were withheld, while Shine Lawyers is looking into a similar actions in the other Australian states. You can read more of Hans Pearson's story here.

Shine Lawyers will be working on behalf of thousands of deserving workers and their families to recover the wages they lost because of state wage control legislation.

If you or a member of your family has been negatively affected by wage control legislation, get in touch with Shine today using the form below. If you were a Queensland resident when affected by this, Cairns-based BELAW can assist you with your claim.

Our offer to you

  • Obligation-free consultation to assess your case confidentially

  • Claim assessment process where we will explain all of the options available to you

  • We can come to you - if you can't make it into the office we're more than happy to come to you

  • No Win No Fee arrangement

Latest from the blog

Silicosis: Government Urges Workers to Get Tested
September 24, 2018

Silicosis: Government Urges Workers to Get Tested

In the wake of the troubling resurgence of silicosis, Shine Lawyers has been spearheading the push for governments around Australia to recognise the dangers of benchtop cutting. (If you have been exposed to silicosis dust without proper protective equipment, regardless of how recently, submit your details to our Silicosis Exposure Register.) As a result of […]

Read more
A win for casual employees – Federal Court hand down decision
September 12, 2018

A win for casual employees – Federal Court hand down decision

In August of this year, the Full Federal Court handed down a decision in Workpac Pty Ltd v Skene [2018] FCAFC 131, which is a great win for casual employees in Australia. Following the landmark decision, ‘permanent casual’ employees may be eligible to claim those entitlements that arise out of a typical full-time employment relationship. […]

Read more
Does a “Peanutabout” solve the current trend of cycling accidents?
September 5, 2018

Does a “Peanutabout” solve the current trend of cycling accidents?

During an average week in Australia, about 3.74 million people ride a bike for transport or recreation. Those are the findings of the National Cycling Participation Survey 2017, with rates highest in the Northern Territory and the ACT (http://www.bicyclecouncil.com.au/publication/national-cycling-participation-survey-2017). Yet the road is all too often a dangerous place for cyclists. In 2017, ABC News […]

Read more
See more from the blog

Enquire now

Meet the Shine team

Meet the Shine team

We recruit experts that are not only very good at getting the best outcome for you, but who are also passionate about making the legal process as easy and as uncomplicated as possible.

Read more