Award Interpretation

What is Award Interpretation?

Minimum Pay And Conditions

Award interpretation is the process all Australian businesses need to undertake in order to determine the minimal legal pay rates and conditions for your workforce as determined by Fair Work Australia.

The purpose of Fair Work Australia’s modern award is to provide a safety net for employees based on age, industry and occupation.

The modern award encompasses a range of entitlements including Base wage: the legal minimum remuneration that employees receive for their work within ordinary hours.

Penalties and overtime: the higher rates of pay awarded to employees for working outside ordinary hours. This includes weekends, public holidays, or late nights.

Allowances: compensation to employees for costs incurred due to their job. This often includes a meal allowance, uniform allowance, accommodation allowance and more.

Finding Your Award

Get it Right

The challenge for most Australian business is that, Fair Work Australia has over 122 different awards covering a range of different industries.

For instance, if your business operates as a cafe or restaurant the Hospitality Industry General Award 2010 will apply, but if you run a florist store, the General Retail Industry Award 2010.

If you’re in doubt as to which award your business falls under, RosterElf highly recommends using Fair Work Australia’s “Find My Award” tool below.

Non-Compliance

Big Penalties

Whilst the Fair Work award system in Australia is complex, if you fail to comply or make a mistake, the penalties can be big. Fines of up to $51,000 from Fair Work Australia can apply plus also a huge backpay charge. So it is definitely worth spending the time to get awards in your business compliant.

Aged Care Award

MA000018

Airport Employees Award

MA000049

Amusement, Events and Recreation Award

MA000080

Animal Care and Vet Services Award

MA000118

Australian Government Industry Award

MA000153

Car Parking Award

MA000095

Children’s Services Award

MA000120

Cleaning Award

MA000022

Clerks Award

MA000002

Commercial Sales Award

MA000083

Education Services (Teachers) Award

MA000077

Electronic and Communications Award

MA000025

Fast Food Award

MA000003

Fitness Industry Award

MA000094

Food, Beverage & Tobacco Award

MA000073

Gardening and Landscaping Award

MA000101

Hair and Beauty Award

MA000005

Health Professionals Award

MA000027

Horse and Greyhound Training Award

MA00008

Horticulture Award

MA000028

Hospitality Award

MA000009

Manufacturing and Associated Industries

MA000010

Meat Industry Award

MA000059

Miscellaneous Award

MA000104

Nurses Award

MA000034

Passenger Vehicle Transportation Award

MA000063

Pharmacy Award

MA000012

Port Authorities Award

MA000051

Professional Employees Award

MA000065

Rail Award

MA000015

Registered & Licensed Clubs Award

MA000058

Restaurant Award

MA000119

Retail Award

MA000004

Road Transport & Distribution Award

MA000038

Security Award

MA000016

Social, Community, & Disability Services Award

MA000100

Storage Services & Wholesale Award

MA000084

Wine Industry Award

MA000090
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