How to find an award

Which modern award am I covered by?

There are 122 modern awards replacing thousands of federal and state awards, so finding your modern award can be hard. It depends on things like your job type, your duties and what your old award (pre-modern award) was.

You'll need to know which award covers you before you can use many of the tools on this website.

To work out your pay rates, you will most likely also need to know your pre-modern award.

To find your modern award you can:

Award Finder

You can use our Award Finder to search for your modern award. If you don’t know what your modern award is called you can search using your job title or occupation.

You can also use it to search for the pre-modern award that applied before 1 January 2010.

Award Finder also has information about Division 2B state awards and enterprise awards.

A-Z modern awards list

You can use our alphabetical list of modern awards to find the one that applies to you.

When you find one that sounds like it covers your industry or occupation, check the coverage section (usually in clause 4).

Find out more:

Fair Work Commission draft awards audit spreadsheet

If you know the name of the award that applied before 1 January 2010 (your pre-modern award), the Fair Work Commission draft awards audit spreadsheet External link icon can help you find your modern award. It matches pre-modern awards with the modern awards that may now apply.

The spreadsheet lists pre-modern and modern awards alphabetically. You can also search for a specific award by selecting ‘Home’, then ‘Find & Select’ and typing in a key word.

Important! The spreadsheet can only suggest which modern award may match your pre-modern award. You need to check the coverage clause, classifications and any exclusions in the modern award to make sure it applies to you.

Looking for pay rates?

Our Finding the right pay section has a number of tools and resources to help you find your minimum pay rates.

PayCheck Plus lets you find pay rates by searching for your job title rather than your award. It can also help you find the award that applies to you.

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Page last updated: 15 Mar 2013