What are awards?

Awards (modern awards) are legal documents that outline the minimum pay rates and conditions of employment.

There are 122 industry or occupation awards that cover most people who work in Australia.

Find out which award covers you below.




Who do awards cover?

Awards apply to businesses and employees depending on the industry they work in and the type of job worked. Every award has information about who it covers. To work out which award applies, read:

  • the coverage clause (usually clause 4)
  • the job classifications (usually in the pay clause or a schedule).

Awards don’t apply when a business has a registered agreement in place. If your workplace has a registered agreement, go to our Agreements page.

If you can’t find your occupation or industry using the above you can also view the List of awards page.

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.

If multiple awards apply to a business you can reuse this tool to find each separate award.

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