One of the difficulties with Australia’s system of Awards is determining the correct Award to use. In some cases, it is quite simple, for example the Award covering hairdressers starts with “Hair”. This post describes the process to follow to determine the correct Award, using the example of a furniture removalist.
The simplest option is to contact the Fair Work Ombudsman or your industry association, but there can be delays. If you want the DIY option, read on.
- Go to the Awards page on the Fair Work website and navigate to the list of Awards.
- Read through the list, looking for an Award that might cover your industry. For our example, a furnitureremovalist might be listed under:
- the Road Transport and Distribution Award 2010,
- the Storage Services and Wholesale Award 2010, or
- the Passenger Vehicle Transportation Award 2010 (unlikely).
- Open each Award and use your internet browser’s search/find function to search for relevant terms related to your industry. For the example, I searched using the word ‘furniture’.
- If the search fails, check the section entitled Coverage (currently section 4), or the Classifications section (currently Schedule B).
- If the employee is not specifically covered by an Award, they are covered by the Miscellaneous Award 2010.
For the furniture removalist example, the search for ‘furniture’ found “furniture carter”, “delivering furniture” and “furniture remover’s assistant” in the Road Transport and Distribution Award 2010, so we can assume this is the correct Award.
It is important to get this right, so if in doubt, speak to a qualified professional.