Changes to awards in 2020

The Fair Work Commission (the Commission) has been reviewing all modern awards external-icon.png since 2014, as part of their 4-yearly review of modern awards. During this process, they've clarified how some award clauses work and changed other clauses.

In September 2019, the Commission confirmed that they're finalising their review external-icon.png.

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What do I need to do?

For anyone covered by an award that has already been updated, you can find a new copy of your award on our List of awards page.

See When is my award changing for details on when each award will be updated.

If your award hasn't been updated yet, subscribe to our email updates and we’ll let you know when your award is changing.

The Commission will publish copies of the remaining awards on their Modern award list external-icon.png as they become available.

Employers need to make sure an updated copy of the award (or awards if more than one applies to the business) is available to their staff on a noticeboard or through accessible electronic means.

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What’s changing?

For most awards, the biggest change is to the layout and the language. This will mean that your award should be simpler and easier to read and understand. The rules and entitlements in your award probably won't change significantly.

The Commission has made changes to awards over the last few years. During this time, we've updated our website and tools, and sent emails to subscribers about significant changes. So, most of the big changes are already in your current award.

If you’re signed up for our email updates, we’ll send you information about any significant changes to your award.

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When is my award changing?

The following tables list the start dates for each award.

You can use Find my award to find out which award applies to you.

4 February 2020

Aluminium Industry Award Ambulance Award Aquaculture Award
Banking, Finance and Insurance Award Book Award Car Parking Award
Cement, Lime and Quarrying Award Cemetery Award Coal Export Terminals Award
Corrections and Detention Award Cotton Ginning Award Electrical Power Industry Award
Gardening and Landscaping Award Hydrocarbons (Upstream) Award Legal Award
Market and Social Research Award Medical Practitioners Award Nursery Award
Oil Refining and Manufacturing Award Port Authorities Award Premixed Concrete Award
Racing Ground Maintenance Award Real Estate Award Seafood Award
Silviculture Award Sporting Organisations Award State Government Agencies Award
Surveying Award Travelling Shows Award Water Award


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14 February 2020

Animal and Veterinary Services Award

Expected to start 13 April 2020

Aboriginal Health Award Airport Award Clerks Award
Educational Services (Post-Secondary) Award Higher Education Academic Staff Award Hydrocarbons Field Geologists Award
Mining Award Models Award Offshore Oil and Gas Award
Passenger Vehicle Award Professional Diving (Industrial) Award Professional Diving (Recreational) Award
Rail Award Restaurant Award Stevedoring Award


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Expected to start 4 May 2020

Air Pilots Award Airline Ground Staff Award Alpine Resorts Award
Architects Award Asphalt Award Cleaning Award
Commercial Sales Award Concrete Products Award Contract Call Centres Award
Dry Cleaning and Laundry Award Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award Gas Award
Higher Education General Staff Award Hospitality Award Labour Market Assistance Award
Local Government Award Manufacturing Award Meat Award
Pastoral Award Pharmaceutical Award Poultry Award
Road Transport (Long Distance) Award Road Transport Award Storage and Wholesale Award
Transport (Cash) Award Vehicle Award Waste Award


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Start date to be confirmed

Aged Care Award Aircraft Cabin Crew Award Amusement Award
Black Coal Award Broadcasting Award Building and Construction Award
Business Equipment Award Children's Services Award Dredging Award
Electrical Award Fast Food Award Fire Fighting Award
Fitness Award Food and Beverage Manufacturing Award Funeral Award
Graphic Arts Award Hair and Beauty Award Health Services Award
Horse and Greyhound Award Horticulture Award Joinery Award
Journalists Award Live Performance Award Marine Tourism and Charter Vessels Award
Marine Towage Award Miscellaneous Award Mobile Crane Hiring Award
Nurses Award Pest Control Award Pharmacy Award
Plumbing Award Ports, Harbours and Enclosed Water Vessels Award Professional Award
Racing Clubs Events Award Registered Clubs Award Retail Award
Salt Award Seagoing Award Security Award
Social and Community Services Award Sugar Award Supported Employment Services Award
Teachers Award Telecommunications Award Textile and Clothing Award
Timber Award Wine Award Wool Award


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Merging of the Quarrying Award and the Cement and Lime Award

From 4 February 2020, all of the Quarrying Award’s terms and conditions moved into the Cement and Lime Award, and it is now called the Cement, Lime and Quarrying Award [MA000055]. You can access updated information through our pay and conditions tool (PACT) external-icon.png.

Award coverage for the vehicle manufacturing industry

If you work or have a business in the vehicle manufacturing industry and you're currently covered by the Vehicle Award, you'll soon be covered by the Manufacturing Award. This is because from 4 May 2020, the manufacturing stream of the Vehicle Manufacturing, Repair, Service and Retail Award [MA000089] is moving into the Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award [MA000010].

The Vehicle Award's full title will change to the Vehicle Repair, Service and Retail Award [MA000089], and you’ll be able to access updated information through our pay and conditions tool (PACT) external-icon.png. The Manufacturing Award's name will stay the same, but will now include the vehicle manufacturing industry in its coverage clause.

More information

Visit the Commission’s website external-icon.png for more information about their review of modern awards. 

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