Changes to age group descriptions in 34 awards

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Published 26 February 2024

The Fair Work Commission has made changes to the junior age group descriptions in 34 awards to make them clearer.

What’s changed

The Fair Work Commission (the Commission) has made changes to the age group descriptions for junior employees in 34 awards.

These changes took effect from the first pay period starting on or after 31 December 2023.

There are no changes to junior rates in the awards. The Commission wanted to make the age descriptions clearer and more consistent.

List of awards that have changed

The changes are different for each of the 34 awards.

Read the Commission’s determination for your award below to see what’s changed:

Not sure of your award? Use our 3-step Find my award tool to work out what you’re covered by. Reading the award can help you determine if you’re covered by it too.

Check rates for junior employees

Check your award to make sure junior employees are being paid the correct rate for their age. Access a copy of your updated award directly from our List of awards page.

We’ve also updated our Pay and Conditions Tool and pay guides to include the updated age descriptions.

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Read a copy of the Commission’s decision.