National Employment Standards (NES)

The National Employment Standards (also known as the NES) cover everyone in the national workplace relations system. They started on 1 January 2010.

The National Employment Standards are 10 minimum conditions for employees. Together with the national minimum wage, they are a minimum safety net for employees.

They include minimum entitlements for leave, public holidays, notice of termination and redundancy pay.

An employee’s minimum entitlements can also come from a modern award or agreement.

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Page last updated: 10 Nov 2013