Non-Payment for Labouring Work. What Options Are Available?

Hey all, I recently did some labouring for an individual after having worked with him before. The previous time I sent an invoice and he paid. This time I'm getting the silent treatment and most likely will not pay me. What options do I have to pursue payment. I've read what i could and so far I plan on going to free legal aid center for advice. I think there is a small claim court option available. Is this about it or is there other avenues available? Thank you.

Update: Thank You all for responses. I made a final attempt with an email, text and a call. He answered and sent the payment same day. Some people man.

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    Fair work Australia

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    Bikies.

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    Letter of Demand first, through registered post. keep receipt. If that fails, you do have the option of small claims court for a nominal fee where costs can be awarded too.

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    Me and my friend worked all weekend delivering pamphlets once and the company never paid us. My friend was my boyfriend at the time. He paid me some money out of his own pocket and let it go. Lesson learned. They actually called us to deliver more.

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    Where's that video of the guy demolishing things when he didn't get paid?

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    When payment terms on your invoice have expired then do whatever people normally do when customers haven't paid and ignore reminder letters.

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    Wouldn't a debt collector be the easiest option? It is might not be back cheapest but at least you won't have to take time off work to go to court.

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    I'm getting the silent treatment and most likely will not pay me

    As in they haven't replied to your email/invoice or you have called them and they are ignoring you?

    Your first point of call is to call them and ask for payment.

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    ask them (any mutual friends?)

    send a late notice
    send a letter of demand
    lodge with magistrates court (30$ lodgement fee from memory)

    sounds like a few of the guys in south australia

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    How much are we looking at?

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    This is a bit different to my area of expertise. I rarely work for individuals (outside Gumtree/Airtasker) and normally get screwed by labouring agencies (80% of the time), and my persistence always pays off. Never had to produce geolocation evidence, witnesses or anything of that nature though, and their obligation to myself was only in the hundreds (but thousands for them once other workers go their fair pay). Let's just say the internet has shifted ownership of reputation to the internet savvy public, and "hell hath no fury like a worker scorned".

    For amounts you believe the employer can afford but is simply ignoring, persistence is key. Imagine if you received friendly reminders by email and SMS for over a year, with the occasional phone call pretending nothing is wrong. For individual employers getting ready for bankruptcy this won't have much of an effect.

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    Have you tried writing into A Current Affair?

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    Valuable lesson, dont bite off more than you can chew mr savvy businessman