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From 1 January 2010, modern awards commenced operating and replaced thousands of pre-existing instruments. The following principles provide guidance on how individual employee classifications translate into modern award classification structures.
Example 1 - Manufacturing Employee in New South Wales
Alice works in a factory located in NSW that manufactures bicycle parts.
Her employment was previously covered by the Metal, Engineering and Associated Industries Award 1998 [AP789529]. From 1 January 2010, her employment is covered under the scope of the Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award 2010 [MA000010].
Alice has many years of experience and an Engineering Production Certificate II, and in addition to operating machinery, she assists her employer in training new staff, is responsible for quality assurance of her own work, and co-ordinates the work of others. Alice consistently meets the expectations of her employer in the performance of her duties.
What is Alice’s classification under the modern award?
Under the modern award, Alice fits within the following classification:
Wage Group: C11
(a) Engineering/Production Employee-Level IV
(i) An Engineering/Production Employee-Level IV is an employee who has completed an Engineering Production Certificate II or Certificate II in Engineering-Production Technology or equivalent so as to enable the employee to perform work within the scope of this level.
(ii) An employee at this level performs work above and beyond the skills of an employee at the C12 level and to the level of their skills, competence and training:
There are elements of Alice’s position in lower classifications, such as:
However, based on Alice’s qualification and experience, her competency in performing her job, her level of responsibility and the primary purpose of her job, in addition to her duties, the appropriate classification level for Alice is Wage Group C11.
Example 2 – Clerical Employee in Victoria
John is based in Victoria and employs a number of people to perform basic clerical duties.
John’s employees were always classified as a ‘Grade 1’ under the Clerical and Administrative Employees (Victoria) Award 1999 [AP773032]. Under that instrument, the employees’ particular classification and wage rate was determined based on the following lengths of experience at that level:
From 1 January 2010, John knows that his employees are covered by the Clerks - Private Sector Award 2010 [MA000002].
John quickly identified that the work of a ‘Level 1’ employee under the modern award is comparable to that of a ‘Grade 1’ under his pre-existing instrument. However, the classifications and wage rates in the modern award are based on different lengths of experience, being:
How will John’s pre-existing employee classifications translate into the modern award classifications?
Grade 1 employees with less than 6 months’ experience and between 6 and 12 months’ experience will both translate into the same modern award classification. That is, the Level 1 modern award classification for employees with less than one year’s experience.
The classification for a Grade 1 employee with more than 12 months’ experience will translate into two modern award classifications. That is, those employees may move to the Level 1 modern award classification for employees with between one and two years’ experience or for employees with more than two years experience.
Existing instrument classification
Modern award classification
Grade 1, less than 6 months
Level 1, Year 1
Grade 1, between 6 to 12 months
Level 1, Year 2
Grade 1, more than 12 months
Level 1, Year 3
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