Awards & agreements

Minimum conditions at work can come from registered agreements, awards or legislation.

When a business has a registered agreement in place and it covers the work that the employee does, then the minimum pay and conditions in the agreement will apply.

If there’s no registered agreement that applies and an award covers the business and the work the employee does, then the minimum pay and conditions in the award will apply.

There are more than 100 industry and occupation awards that cover most people working in Australia. This means many employees who aren’t covered by an agreement will most likely be covered by an award.

Where no award or agreement applies, the minimum pay and conditions in the legislation will apply.

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