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A payment scheme offered by the Australian Government for when an employee goes on leave to have a baby or adopt. Employees can get paid directly from the Australian Government or their employer. Other known term: employer funded paid parental leave.

Employees can take 12 months unpaid leave when a child is born or adopted. Other known terms: maternity or paternity leave, adoption leave and dad and partner leave.

An employee who works regular hours that are less than a full-time employee.

When a bargaining representative is representing more than one proposed enterprise agreement and tries to find common terms to include in all agreements.

A document that ensures that employees receive their correct pay and entitlements and help employers to keep accurate and complete records. Employers must give a pay slip to each of their employees within one working day of pay day, even if an employee is on leave.

A higher pay rate that can apply when an employee works evenings, weekends or public holidays. These rates are provided in awards and registered agreements.

A deduction from an employee’s pay which is allowed under the Fair Work Act 2009.

Matters that can be included in an enterprise agreement. Permitted matters could include terms about the relationship between an employer and the employees, deductions from wages or agreements about how the agreement will operate.

Paid leave taken when an employee can’t go to work because they are ill or injured. Other known term: sick leave.

An employee who is paid based on the number of things they make or number of tasks they complete instead of time spent performing the job.

A term used by the Fair Work Ombudsman to refer to awards that existed before 1 January 2010. It includes award-based transitional instruments and transitional minimum wage instruments.

An award made before 27 March 2006. After 1 July 2009, pre reform awards became an award based transitional instrument.

A person or company that engages an independent contractor to perform work.

A proportionate amount of money or period of time. Part-time employees generally get pro-rata entitlements, based on the number of hours worked.

A length of time used to assess if the employee is suitable for the job. Probation periods are often 3-6 months long. Other known term: probationary period.

A secret vote by eligible employees on whether they want to take industrial action. This action is usually about the terms of a proposed enterprise agreement.

Attributes or characteristics of a person that are protected from workplace discrimination. For example, age, religion, or social origin.

The name of legislation (laws) introducing changes to the Fair Work Act 2009.

An order made by a state or territory government, such as requiring certain workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Employers and workers need to comply with any public health orders that apply to them.

Days specified in the Fair Work Act 2009, as well as any other day or part-day prescribed by the State or Territory law.