Search

Terms

Adverse action

Adverse action

Definition

An action taken by an employer, employee, contractor or industrial association, which may be unlawful depending on the reason for the action. For example dismissing an employee or taking industrial action.
All purpose allowance

All purpose allowance

Definition

An all purpose allowance is an allowance that is added to an employees’ hourly rate.
Allowances

Allowances

Definition

Additional payment made to employees for doing certain tasks, working in certain locations, using a special skill or for expenses incurred for doing their job.
Annual leave

Annual leave

Definition

Annual leave allows an employee to be paid while having time off from work. Other known term: holiday pay.
Annual leave loading

Annual leave loading

Definition

Annual leave loading is an additional amount that’s paid to some employees when they take annual leave. This doesn’t apply to all employees and depends on what the award or registered agreement says. Other known term: leave loading.
Annual shut down

Annual shut down

Definition

A shut down is when a business temporarily closes during slow periods of the year, such as between Christmas and New Year. Other known term: annual close down.
Annual Wage Review

Annual Wage Review

Definition

A review made by the Fair Work Commission on the national minimum wage and pay rates in awards. Any changes that are made begin on the first full pay period on or after 1 July.
Apprentice

Apprentice

Definition

An apprentice is an employee who learns their trade or profession while working for an employer under a special training contract.
Associated entities

Associated entities

Definition

Associated entities are businesses or other bodies that are connected to each other in some way. For example, when 1 business owns or controls the other business for the purpose of a transfer of business. Section 50AAA of the Corporations Act provides a full definition.
Award

Award

Definition

An award is a legal document that outlines the wages and conditions of employment for employees that are covered by it within a particular industry or occupation. Other known term: modern award
Award and registered agreement free employees

Award and registered agreement free employees

Definition

Types of employees who are not covered by an award or a registered agreement.
Award rate

Award rate

Definition

The minimum pay rate an employee is entitled to under an award.