Modern awards outline the entitlements of employees, including wages and conditions, based on industry and occupation. Our service keeps you up-to-date with your obligations and takes the hassle out of ensuring that you and your staff are correctly covered.
Our Workplace Advice Line manager, Fiona Corbett, explains the modern awards and how to calculate payroll
The service is very helpful when you want to ensure you’ve covered your bases. We call to confirm that what we’re telling staff and what we’re paying are within the bounds of the law. It saves so much time and effort! The laws around awards are easy to misinterpret. You can overpay or underpay without realising.
Larry Buete, General Manager, Planet Power
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Membership options for small, medium and corporate businesses. From $642 per year.
With over 120 modern awards, knowing which ones apply to your business can be a challenge.
What are modern awards?
Modern awards apply to all employees covered by the national workplace relations system and outline the entitlements of employees, including wages and conditions, based on industry and occupation.
Modern awards are industry or occupation-based and apply to employers and employees who perform work covered by the award.
However, managers or higher income employees may not be covered by a modern award even if one applies to the industry in which they work.
Information that outlines by an award include:
Why is it crucial that employers keep up-to-date with modern awards? Your employees are your responsibility
- Type of employment
- Penalty rates
- Leave entitlements
All employers and employees are responsible for keeping up-to-date with the modern awards, any associated transitional arrangements, and future changes, for example, to the annual minimum wage.
Over 18,000 workplace relations claims were filed last year, costing Australian businesses millions, some of which could have been avoided if employers kept up-to-date with the modern awards obligations. You don't have to be one of them!
Stay informed and operate with ease
The modern awards online service allows you to access your awards information through your personal member dashboard, 24/7, at your convenience. Whenever you access your modern award online you know that you will be looking at the most up to date information.
You also receive an awards folder as part of your membership. You can file or print out updated individual sections to maintain the latest information in hard copy within the folder.
View the awards we cover