A classification is the level allocated to the type of work that your employee is performing. Modern awards contain many different classifications, and these are defined in the award based on the duties and tasks that your employees ordinarily perform.

The Hair and Beauty Award contains 6 classification levels and employees must be classified at the appropriate level, based on the duties they perform in their job.

Note: You are required to inform your employees in writing of their classification and of any changes to their classification. You can do this by including this information in a letter of engagement when they start working for you (templates available below), and simply by writing them a letter if their classification changes. You should also record their classification in your time and wages record for each employee.

To find the right classification

You can access Finding the right pay for various tools (such as PayCheck Plus), which help find the classification levels for your employees. If you are having difficulty, or prefer, you can also:

1. read through all of the classification descriptions located in Schedule B of the Hair and Beauty Award

2. select the most appropriate classification level based on the duties and skills required to be performed by your employees, keeping in mind the most complex aspects of their job.

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Page last updated: 17 Sep 2010