The minimum wages and conditions an employee is entitled to are set out in awards (also known as modern awards). Awards don’t apply when a business has an enterprise agreement or other registered agreement and the employee is covered by it.
Awards apply to employees depending on the industry they work in or the job that they do. Enterprise awards apply to specific businesses.
Finding the right award
There are 122 industry and occupation awards that cover most people working in Australia. Find information about what type of work these awards cover, using the most popular awards below.
- Building, construction and on-site trades
- Contract cleaning services
- Hair and beauty
- Health support services
- Real estate
- Road Transport
- Social, community, disability and home care services
- Storage services and wholesale
- Don't know
The industry you’ve selected above will be saved and automatically used for any other pages you visit with an industry filter. If you need to change or remove the industry, click the change or remove button at the top of the page.
If your industry or work isn’t covered above, you can check the List of awards. Every award has information about who is covered by it. To work out which award applies, read:
- the coverage clause (usually clause 4)
- the job classifications (usually in the pay clause or in a schedule).
You can also check the list of enterprise awards for awards that apply to specific businesses.
Can a business be covered by more than one award?
A business can be covered by more than one award depending on the jobs the employees do.
Example: 2 awards applying to 1 business
Jo runs a building and construction business. He has qualified carpenters as well as office staff who do administration work. 2 awards will apply to his business:
- Building and Construction Award – for his qualified carpenters
- Clerks Award – for his office staff.
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