Table of Contents - MA000111 Fire Fighting Industry Award 2020

Part 1—Application and Operation of this Award

1. Title and commencement

2. Definitions

3. The National Employment Standards and this award

4. Coverage

5. Individual flexibility arrangements

6. Requests for flexible working arrangements

7. Facilitative provisions

Part 2—Types of Employment and Classifications

8. Types of employment—public sector

9. Types of employment—private sector

10. Classifications

Part 3—Hours of Work

11. Ordinary hours of work and rostering—public sector

12. Ordinary hours of work and rostering—private sector

13. Breaks—Public sector employees and private sector shiftworkers

14. Breaks—private sector day workers

Part 4—Wages and Allowances

15. Minimum rates—public sector

16. Minimum rates—private sector

17. Higher duties

18. Payment of wages

19. Allowances—wage-related allowances

20. Allowances—expense-related allowances

21. Superannuation

Part 5—Overtime and Penalty Rates

22. Overtime

23. Penalty rates

Part 6—Leave and Public Holidays

24. Annual leave

25. Personal/carer’s leave and compassionate leave

26. Parental leave and related entitlements

27. Community service leave

28. Unpaid family and domestic violence leave

29. Public holidays

Part 7—Consultation and Dispute Resolution

30. Consultation about major workplace change

31. Consultation about changes to rosters or hours of work

32. Dispute resolution

Part 8—Termination of employment and Redundancy

33. Termination of employment

34. Redundancy

SCHEDULE A—SUMMARY OF HOURLY RATES OF PAY
SCHEDULE B—SUMMARY OF MONETARY ALLOWANCES
SCHEDULE C—AGREEMENT FOR TIME OFF INSTEAD OF PAYMENT FOR OVERTIME
SCHEDULE D—AGREEMENT TO TAKE ANNUAL LEAVE IN ADVANCE
SCHEDULE E—AGREEMENT TO CASH OUT ANNUAL LEAVE
SCHEDULE F—PART-DAY PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
Fire Fighting Industry Award 2020

Fire Fighting Industry Award 2020

This Fair Work Commission consolidated modern award incorporates all amendments up to and including 12 May 2020 (PR719213).

Clause(s) affected by the most recent variation(s):

Table of Contents

Part 1—Application and Operation of this Award

1. Title and commencement

2. Definitions

3. The National Employment Standards and this award

4. Coverage

5. Individual flexibility arrangements

6. Requests for flexible working arrangements

7. Facilitative provisions

Part 2—Types of Employment and Classifications

8. Types of employment—public sector

9. Types of employment—private sector

10. Classifications

Part 3—Hours of Work

11. Ordinary hours of work and rostering—public sector

12. Ordinary hours of work and rostering—private sector

13. Breaks—Public sector employees and private sector shiftworkers

14. Breaks—private sector day workers

Part 4—Wages and Allowances

15. Minimum rates—public sector

16. Minimum rates—private sector

17. Higher duties

18. Payment of wages

19. Allowances—wage-related allowances

20. Allowances—expense-related allowances

21. Superannuation

Part 5—Overtime and Penalty Rates

22. Overtime

23. Penalty rates

Part 6—Leave and Public Holidays

24. Annual leave

25. Personal/carer’s leave and compassionate leave

26. Parental leave and related entitlements

27. Community service leave

28. Unpaid family and domestic violence leave

29. Public holidays

Part 7—Consultation and Dispute Resolution

30. Consultation about major workplace change

31. Consultation about changes to rosters or hours of work

32. Dispute resolution

Part 8—Termination of employment and Redundancy

33. Termination of employment

34. Redundancy

Schedule A—Summary of Hourly Rates of Pay

Schedule B—Summary of Monetary Allowances

Schedule C—Agreement for Time Off Instead of Payment for Overtime

Schedule D—Agreement to Take Annual Leave in Advance

Schedule E—Agreement to Cash Out Annual Leave

Schedule F—Part-day Public Holidays

Part 1—Application and Operation of this Award

1. Title and commencement

2. Definitions

3. The National Employment Standards and this award

4. Coverage

5. Individual flexibility arrangements

6. Requests for flexible working arrangements

7. Facilitative provisions

1. Title and commencement

1.1 This award is the Fire Fighting Industry Award 2020.

1.2 This modern award commenced operation on 1 January 2010. The terms of the award have been varied since that date.

1.3 A variation to this award does not affect any right,privilege,obligation or liability that a person acquired,accrued or incurred under the award as it existed prior to that variation.

2. Definitions

In this award,unless the contrary intention appears:

      10/14 roster means a roster system where a firefighter:

        ●works 4 consecutive days,comprised of two 10 hour day shifts and two 14 hour night shifts;and

        ●then has 4 consecutive days off.

      Act means the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).

      all purposes means the payment will be included in the rate of pay of an employee who is entitled to the allowance,when calculating any penalties or loadings or payment while they are on annual leave (see clause 19.2).

      appointed station means the station of the brigade to which a Firefighter or Station Officer or Fire Service Communications Controller is appointed.

      defined benefit member has the meaning given by the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 (Cth).

      duty station means the station at which a Firefighter or Station Officer or Fire Service Communications Controller is carrying out their normal duties,whether at the appointed station or not.

      employee means national system employee within the meaning of the Act.

      employer means national system employer within the meaning of the Act.

      exempt public sector superannuation scheme has the meaning given by the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (Cth).

      fire fighting industry has the meaning given in clause 4.2.

      IFE means Institute of Fire Engineers.

      MySuper product has the meaning given by the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (Cth).

      NES means National Employment Standards as contained in sections 59 to 131 of the Act.

      ordinary hourly rate is the minimum hourly rate of pay for an employee plus a 30% shift loading and any allowance payable for all purposes to which the employee is entitled.

      standard operating procedures means the procedures established from time to time.

      standard rate means the minimum weekly rate:38 hours for a Qualified Firefighter set out in clause 15Minimum rates—public sector.

      total weekly rate is the rate paid to a public sector employee including shift loading and additional payment in respect of the average of 2 hours a week overtime.

3. The National Employment Standards and this award

3.1 The National Employment Standards (NES) and this award contain the minimum conditions of employment for employees covered by this award.

3.2 Where this award refers to a condition of employment provided for in the NES,the NES definition applies.

3.3 The employer must ensure that copies of this award and the NES are available to all employees to whom they apply,either on a notice board which is conveniently located at or near the workplace or through accessible electronic means.

4. Coverage

4.1 This industry award covers employers throughout Australia in the fire fighting industry and their employees in the classifications listed in clause 10Classifications to the exclusion of any other modern award.

4.2 For the purposes of this award the fire fighting industry means:

      (a) the suppressing and extinguishing of fires;

      (b) the provision of rescue services (other than by police,ambulance,a State Emergency Service or the military) at the scene of accidents,explosions or other emergencies;

      (c) the handling of spillages of toxic or hazardous materials in emergency situations (other than in a marine environment or by an employer in relation to its own property,premises or products);and

      (d) the prevention of fires and the sale,supply,installation,maintenance,repair and/or inspection of fire protection equipment other than fixed or semi-fixed fire protection systems by an employer otherwise in the fire fighting industry by virtue of clause 4.2(a).

4.3 This award does not cover:

      (a) employees excluded from award coverage by the Act;

      (b) employees who are covered by a modern enterprise award or an enterprise instrument (within the meaning of the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009 (Cth)),or employers in relation to those employees;or

      (c) employees who are covered by a State reference public sector modern award or a State reference public sector transitional award (within the meaning of the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009 (Cth)),or employers in relation to those employees.

4.4 Where an employer is covered by more than one award,an employee of that employer is covered by the award classification which is most appropriate to the work performed by the employee and to the environment in which the employee normally performs the work.

      NOTE: Where there is no classification for a particular employee in this award it is possible that the employer and that employee are covered by an award with occupational coverage.

5. Individual flexibility arrangements

5.1 Despite anything else in this award,an employer and an individual employee may agree to vary the application of the terms of this award relating to any of the following in order to meet the genuine needs of both the employee and the employer:

      (a) arrangements for when work is performed;or

      (b) overtime rates;or

      (c) penalty rates;or

      (d) allowances;or

      (e) annual leave loading.

5.2 An agreement must be one that is genuinely made by the employer and the individual employee without coercion or duress.

5.3 An agreement may only be made after the individual employee has commenced employment with the employer.

5.4 An employer who wishes to initiate the making of an agreement must:

      (a) give the employee a written proposal;and

      (b) if the employer is aware that the employee has,or reasonably should be aware that the employee may have,limited understanding of written English,take reasonable steps (including providing a translation in an appropriate language) to ensure that the employee understands the proposal.

5.5 An agreement must result in the employee being better off overall at the time the agreement is made than if the agreement had not been made.

5.6 An agreement must do all of the following:

      (a) state the names of the employer and the employee;and

      (b) identify the award term,or award terms,the application of which is to be varied;and

      (c) set out how the application of the award term,or each award term,is varied;and

      (d) set out how the agreement results in the employee being better off overall at the time the agreement is made than if the agreement had not been made;and

      (e) state the date the agreement is to start.

5.7 An agreement must be:

      (a) in writing;and

      (b) signed by the employer and the employee and,if the employee is under 18 years of age,by the employee’s parent or guardian.

5.8 Except as provided in clause 5.7(b),an agreement must not require the approval or consent of a person other than the employer and the employee.

5.9 The employer must keep the agreement as a time and wages record and give a copy to the employee.

5.10 The employer and the employee must genuinely agree,without duress or coercion to any variation of an award provided for by an agreement.

5.11 An agreement may be terminated:

      (a) at any time,by written agreement between the employer and the employee;or

      (b) by the employer or employee giving 13 weeks’written notice to the other party (reduced to 4 weeks if the agreement was entered into before the first full pay period starting on or after 4 December 2013).

      NOTE: If an employer and employee agree to an arrangement that purports to be an individual flexibility arrangement under this award term and the arrangement does not meet a requirement set out in section 144 then the employee or the employer may terminate the arrangement by giving written notice of not more than 28 days (see section 145 of the Act).

5.12 An agreement terminated as mentioned in clause 5.11(b) ceases to have effect at the end of the period of notice required under that clause.

5.13 The right to make an agreement under clause 5 is additional to,and does not affect,any other term of this award that provides for an agreement between an employer and an individual employee.

6. Requests for flexible working arrangements

6.1 Employee may request change in working arrangements

      Clause 6 applies where an employee has made a request for a change in working arrangements under section 65 of the Act.

      NOTE 1: Section 65 of the Act provides for certain employees to request a change in their working arrangements because of their circumstances,as set out in section 65(1A). Clause 6 supplements or deals with matters incidental to the NES provisions.

      NOTE 2: An employer may only refuse a section 65 request for a change in working arrangements on ‘reasonable business grounds’(see section 65(5) and (5A)).

      NOTE 3: Clause 6 is an addition to section 65.

6.2 Responding to the request

      Before responding to a request made under section 65,the employer must discuss the request with the employee and genuinely try to reach agreement on a change in working arrangements that will reasonably accommodate the employee’s circumstances having regard to:

      (a) the needs of the employee arising from their circumstances;

      (b) the consequences for the employee if changes in working arrangements are not made;and

      (c) any reasonable business grounds for refusing the request.

      NOTE 1: The employer must give the employee a written response to an employee’s section 65 request within 21 days,stating whether the employer grants or refuses the request (section 65(4)).

      NOTE 2: If the employer refuses the request,then the written response must include details of the reasons for the refusal (section 65(6)).

6.3 What the written response must include if the employer refuses the request

      (a) Clause 6.3 applies if the employer refuses the request and has not reached an agreement with the employee under clause 6.2.

      (b) The written response under section 65(4) must include details of the reasons for the refusal,including the business ground or grounds for the refusal and how the ground or grounds apply.

      (c) If the employer and employee could not agree on a change in working arrangements under clause 6.2,then the written response under section 65(4) must:

        (i) state whether or not there are any changes in working arrangements that the employer can offer the employee so as to better accommodate the employee’s circumstances;and

        (ii) if the employer can offer the employee such changes in working arrangements,set out those changes in working arrangements.

6.4 What the written response must include if a different change in working arrangements is agreed

      If the employer and the employee reached an agreement under clause 6.2 on a change in working arrangements that differs from that initially requested by the employee,then the employer must provide the employee with a written response to their request setting out the agreed change(s) in working arrangements.

6.5 Dispute resolution

      Disputes about whether the employer has discussed the request with the employee and responded to the request in the way required by clause 6,can be dealt with under clause 32Dispute resolution.

7. Facilitative provisions

7.1 A facilitative provision provides that the standard approach in an award provision may be departed from by agreement between an employer and an individual employee,or an employer and the majority of employees in the enterprise or part of the enterprise concerned.

7.2 Facilitative provisions in this award are contained in the following clauses:

   

Part 2—Types of Employment and Classifications

8. Types of employment—public sector

9. Types of employment—private sector

10. Classifications

8. Types of employment—public sector

8.1 Types of employment

      (a) An employer in the public sector may employ a person in any classification in this award on a full-time basis.

      (b) An employer in the public sector may employ employees at the classification Qualified Firefighter or above on a part-time basis.

8.2 Full–time employees

      A full-time employee is an employee who is engaged to work an average of 38 ordinary hours per week.

8.3 Part–time employees

      (a) A part-time employee is an employee who:

        (i) works less than the full-time hours of 38 ordinary hours per week;

        (ii) has reasonably predictable hours of work;and

        (iii) receives,on a pro-rata basis,equivalent pay and conditions to those full-time employees who do the same kind of work.

      (b) At the time of engagement as a part-time employee,the employer and the part-time employee will agree in writing on a regular pattern of work,specifying at least the hours worked each day,which days of the week the employee will work and the actual starting and finishing times each day.

      (c) Any agreed variation to the hours of work will be recorded in writing.

      (d) An employer is required to roster a part-time employee for a minimum of 3 consecutive hours on any shift.

      (e) All time worked in excess of the hours as agreed under clause 8.3(b) or varied under clause 8.3(c) will be overtime and paid for at the rates prescribed in clause 22Overtime.

      (f) A part-time employee employed under the provisions of clause 8.3 must be paid on a pro-rata basis,equivalent to those employees employed on a 10/14 roster as prescribed in clause 15Minimum rates—public sector.

9. Types of employment—private sector

9.1 An employer in the private sector may only employ a person in a classification in this award on the following basis:

      (a) full-time;or

      (b) part-time.

9.2 At the time of engagement,an employer must inform each employee,in writing:

      (a) whether the employee is a full-time or part-time employee;and

      (b) of the classification level to which the employee has been appointed.

9.3 Full-time employees

      A full-time employee is an employee who is engaged to work an average of 38 ordinary hours per week.

9.4 Part-time employees

      (a) A part-time employee:

        (i) works less than 38 ordinary hours per week;

        (ii) has reasonably predictable hours of work;and

        (iii) receives,on a pro-rata basis,equivalent pay and conditions to those of full-time employees who do the same kind of work.

      (b) At the time of engagement the employer and the part-time employee will agree in writing on a regular pattern of work,specifying at least the hours worked each day,which days of the week the employee will work and the actual starting and finishing times each day.

      (c) Any agreed variation to the hours of work will be recorded in writing.

      (d) An employer is required to roster a part-time employee for a minimum of 3 consecutive hours on any shift.

      (e) All time worked in excess of the hours as agreed under clause 9.4(b) or varied under clause 9.4(c) will be overtime and paid for at the rates prescribed in clause 22Overtime.

      (f) A part-time employee employed under the provisions of clause 9.4 must be paid for ordinary hours worked at the appropriate hourly rate prescribed in clause 16Minimum rates—private sector.

10. Classifications

The classifications for employees covered by this award are:

10.1 Recruit means a probationary employee,who is undertaking the fire fighting recruit training course.

10.2 Firefighter Level 1 means an employee who has successfully completed the recruit training course.

10.3 Firefighter Level 2 means an employee who has completed 12 months’service and has successfully completed all Firefighter Level 1 modules.

10.4 Firefighter Level 3 means an employee who has completed 24 months’service and has successfully completed all Firefighter Level 2 modules.

10.5 Qualified Firefighter means an employee who has completed a minimum of 36 months’service and possesses the Certificate of Proficiency.

10.6 Leading Firefighter means an employee who has a minimum of 48 months’service and has been appointed by the employer to Leading Firefighter.

10.7 Station Officer means an employee who has completed a minimum of 5 years’service,with at least one year as Qualified Firefighter,and who is appointed as a Station Officer.

10.8 Senior Station Officer means an employee who has completed a minimum of 2 years’service as a Station Officer and has completed the Advanced Certificate and who is appointed as a Senior Station Officer.

10.9 Fire Service Communications Controller means an employee engaged by a public sector fire service employer as such to ensure that the employer’s workplace is provided with a high standard of communications to allow the service to operate in the most efficient and effective manner,in accordance with relevant standard operating procedures.

Part 3—Hours of Work

11. Ordinary hours of work and rostering—public sector

12. Ordinary hours of work and rostering—private sector

13. Breaks—Public sector employees and private sector shiftworkers

14. Breaks—private sector day workers

11. Ordinary hours of work and rostering—public sector

11.1 Clause 11 only applies to public sector employers and their employees.

11.2 Employees working a 10/14 roster

      (a) Full-time employees working a 10/14 roster will be rostered and work an average of 42 hours per week. Of those 42 hours:

        (i) 2 hours will be overtime and paid for as such; and

        (ii) 2 hours will be taken as annual/accrued leave in accordance with the roster laid down for this purpose.

      (b) Part-time employees working a 10/14 roster will be rostered and work hours as agreed under clause 8.3(b) or varied under clause 8.3(c).

      (c) The rostered hours of such employees will not exceed:

        (i) 14 on any one day;

        (ii) 48 in any one week;

        (iii) 96 in 14 consecutive days;

        (iv) 192 in 28 consecutive days;or

        (v) 336 in 56 consecutive days.

      (d) Employees working on a 10/14 roster will be entitled to at least 48 hours’notice of a change of rostered shift.

11.3 Employees not working a 10/14 roster

      (a) Full-time employees (other than recruits) who are not working a 10/14 roster will be required to work an average of 42 hours per week. Of those 42 hours:

        (i) 2 hours will be overtime work and paid for as such;and

        (ii) 2 hours will be taken as accrued leave.

      (b) Part-time employees who are not working a 10/14 roster will be rostered and work hours as agreed under clause 8.3(b) or varied under clause 8.3(c).

      (c) A full-time Fire Service Communications Controller

        In addition to clause 11.3(a),a full-time Fire Service Communications Controller will work a 12 hour continuous roster over a cycle of 8 weeks with:

        (i) a day shift of 7.00 am to 7.00 pm;and

        (ii) a night shift of 7.00 pm to 7.00 am,

        subject to the rostering requirements in clauses 11.2(c) and 11.2(d) and clause 11.5(c).

      (d) Where an employee is required to undertake duties that are outside of the standard hours for the work location the following will apply:

        (i) where such activity involves normal activities a minimum break between periods of duty of 10 hours will apply;and

        (ii) where such activity involves a major fire or major incident a minimum break between periods of duty of 12 hours will apply.

      (e) Full-time employees (other than recruits) not working a 10/14 roster,will receive the same total weekly rate as employees on a 10/14 roster in accordance with clause 15Minimum rates—public sector.

11.4 Day work

      Employees may be employed on day work in which they may be required to work up to 10 ordinary hours per day,between the hours of 7.00 am and 6.00 pm,Monday to Sunday. If the employer and a majority of affected employees agree,up to 12 ordinary hours per day may be worked.

11.5 10/14 roster system

      (a) Employees working a 10/14 roster will be rostered as follows:

 

First week

 

Second week

 

Third week

 

Fourth week

 

F

S

S

M

T

W

T

 

F

S

S

M

T

W

T

 

F

S

S

M

T

W

T

 

F

S

S

M

T

W

T

A Platoon

    

D

D

N

 

N

    

D

D

 

N

N

    

D

 

D

N

N

    

Hours

34

 

34

 

38

 

38

B Platoon

  

D

D

N

N

     

D

D

N

N

     

D

D

N

 

N

    

D

D

Hours

48

 

48

 

34

 

34

C Platoon

D

D

N

N

     

D

D

N

N

     

D

D

N

N

     

D

D

N

N

Hours

48

 

48

 

48

 

48

D Platoon

N

N

    

D

 

D

N

N

     

D

D

N

N

     

D

D

N

N

  

Hours

38

 

38

 

48

 

48

 

Fifth week

 

Sixth week

 

Seventh week

 

Eighth week

 

F

S

S

M

T

W

T

 

F

S

S

M

T

W

T

 

F

S

S

M

T

W

T

 

F

S

S

M

T

W

T

A Platoon

D

D

N

N

     

D

D

N

N

    

D

D

N

N

      

D

D

N

N

Hours

48

 

48

 

48

 

48

B Platoon

N

N

    

D

 

D

N

N

     

D

D

N

N

     

D

D

N

N

  

Hours

38

 

38

 

48

 

48

C Platoon

    

D

D

N

 

N

    

D

D

 

N

N

    

D

 

D

N

N

    

Hours

34

 

34

 

38

 

38

D Platoon

  

D

D

N

N

     

D

D

N

N

     

D

D

N

 

N

    

D

D

Hours

48

 

48

 

34

 

34

      (b) For the purposes of the 10/14 roster:

        (i) Day (D):8.00 am to 6.00 pm;and

        (ii) Night (N):6.00 pm to 8.00 am.

      (c) The roster may be varied for part-time employees,employed on special duties and to provide that during the first year of service employees may be rostered for up to 5 consecutive day duties.

      (d) The roster,once compiled,will not be departed from,except:

        (i) to meet an emergency;

        (ii) due to sickness or other unexpected or unavoidable cause;

        (iii) by personal agreement between the employer and the employee(s) concerned;or

        (iv) when an employee is required to attend training in accordance with the provisions of clause 20.8.

      (e) A shiftworker required for relieving or other special duties may stand by on a day shift or other day work without loss of any shift loading. An employee will be entitled to 48 hours’notice of any change from stand-by to rotating shift or from rotating shift to stand-by except in the case of an emergency.

      (f) The following will apply in the event of an alarm being received at the station during roll call that requires any station to stand by or turn out for a fire:

        (i) the oncoming shift will man the appliances and if required proceed to the fire;and

        (ii) the off going shift will remain on duty if required until the other shift returns,or until otherwise directed,when it will be dismissed.

      (g) When an off going shift is proceeding to,or attending a fire or alarm when the oncoming shift reports at a station at the prescribed time of a change of shift:

        (i) the oncoming shift will,after roll call,proceed to the fire if ordered to do so;

        (ii) the officer or senior member of the oncoming shift will report the arrival of the shift to the officer-in-charge of the fire without delay;

        (iii) the off going shift will remain on duty at the fire until relieved;

        (iv) the officer-in-charge at the fire may,if in their judgment it is expedient,hold both the oncoming and off going shifts for duty at the fire;and

        (v) if the off going shift is not held at the fire or detailed at the fire for duty elsewhere,it will report back to the station and remain available until the other shift returns or until otherwise directed,when it will be dismissed.

      (h) In the event of one or more members of the oncoming shift being absent,an equal number of members in the shift on duty may be detained on duty until such time as they are relieved. Nothing in clause 11.5(h) is deemed to sanction an unauthorised absence,or to relieve the absent member,from a liability to be charged with being absent without leave and dealt with accordingly.

      (i) Subject to the provisions of clause 11.5,every employee will be dismissed punctually from their rostered shift.

11.6 Special duties roster

      (a) A special duties roster may be introduced into any permanently manned fire station to increase the day manning capability.

      (b) The hours of duty for full-time employees will be 42 hours per week over a 7 day cycle. The hours of duty for part-time employees will be as agreed under clause 8.3(b) or varied under clause 8.3(c).

      (c) The roster of hours will be between 7.45 am and 6.15 pm,comprising 4 day shifts worked either:

        (i) Monday to Thursday;or

        (ii) Tuesday to Friday;or

        (iii) any other configuration agreed between the employer and a majority of affected employees.

      (d) Arrangements may be made for employees to vary from one day shift to another,or from day work to shiftwork.

      (e) Full-time employees operating under this roster will receive the same total weekly rate and annual leave provisions as Firefighters on a 10/14 shift roster in accordance with clause 15Minimum rates—public sector.

11.7 Emergency roster

      (a) Employees may be required to work an emergency roster to cover protracted major fires or incidents.

      (b) The following general conditions will apply:

        (i) the hours of duty will be 12 hours on and 12 hours off;

        (ii) all travelling time is time on duty;

        (iii) when an employee is placed on the emergency roster while on duty at their respective place of work,then the hours already worked for that shift will be cumulative with hours worked on the duty roster;

        (iv) any hours calculated to be in excess of the normal weekly average will be paid at overtime rates;

        (v) when an employee is normally rostered for duty at their respective place of work on the day following stand down from the emergency roster,then they will not be required to work that shift unless they have been off duty for a minimum of 12 hours before the starting time of that shift;and

        (vi) employees will be reimbursed for the cost of meals and accommodation. This provision will not apply if meals and accommodation are provided by the employer.

12. Ordinary hours of work and rostering—private sector

12.1 Clause 12 only applies to private sector employers and their employees.

12.2 Ordinary hours of work

      The ordinary working hours for full-time employees will be an average of 38 per week,over a cycle of up to 8 weeks.

12.3 Day work

      (a) Ordinary hours are worked between the hours of 7.00 am and 6.00 pm,Monday to Sunday.

      (b) Employees may be required to work up to 10 ordinary hours per day. However,if the employer and a majority of affected employees agree,up to 12 ordinary hours per day may be worked.

12.4 Shiftwork

      (a) An employee may be required to work shiftwork in accordance with clause 12.

      (b) Shift rosters

        Shiftworkers may be required to work shifts of up to 10 consecutive ordinary hours (including meal breaks). However,by agreement between the employer and a majority of affected employees,a shift of up to 12 hours may be worked.

      (c) 10/14 roster

        (i) Despite clause 12.4(b),shiftworkers may be required to work a 10/14 roster in accordance with the roster set out in clause 11.5(a).

        (ii) Employees working a 10/14 roster will work an average of 42 hours per week. Of those 42 hours:

          ●2 hours will be overtime and paid for as such;and

          ●2 hours will be taken as annual/accrued leave in accordance with the roster laid down for this purpose.

        (iii) The rostered hours of such employees will not exceed:

          ●14 on any one day;

          ●48 in any one week;

          ●96 in 14 consecutive days;

          ●192 in 28 consecutive days;or

          ●336 in 56 consecutive days.

      (d) Change of rosters

        The employer may vary a roster on 7 days’notice.

12.5 Emergency roster

      (a) Employees may be required to work an emergency roster to cover protracted major fires or incidents.

      (b) The following general conditions will apply:

        (i) the hours of duty will be 12 hours on and 12 hours off;

        (ii) all travelling time to be deemed as on duty;

        (iii) when an employee is placed on the emergency roster while on duty at their respective place of work,then the hours already worked for that shift will be cumulative with hours worked on the duty roster;

        (iv) any hours calculated to be in excess of the normal weekly average will be paid at overtime rates;

        (v) when an employee is normally rostered for duty at their respective place of work on the day following stand down from the emergency roster,then they will not be required to work that shift unless they have been off duty for a minimum of 12 hours before the starting time of that shift;and

        (vi) employees will be reimbursed for the cost of meals and accommodation. This provision will not apply if meals and accommodation are provided by the employer.

13. Breaks—Public sector employees and private sector shiftworkers

13.1 Clause 13 applies to:

      (a) all public sector employers and their employees;and

      (b) private sector employers and their employees who are shiftworkers.

13.2 Paid meal breaks

      (a) Employees will be provided with a one hour paid meal break during each shift. An employee remains on duty during the meal break.

      (b) Subject to operational requirements,meal breaks will be taken at regular times and within 5 hours of commencing duty.

13.3 Paid rest period during overtime

      An employee will be allowed a paid rest period of 20 minutes after each 4 hours of overtime worked,if the employee continues to work after the rest break.

13.4 Paid crib break during fire duty

      Employees performing fire duty continuously for a period of 3 hours or more are entitled to a paid 30 minute crib break.

13.5 Time for shower and change

      Employees engaged on any duty which requires a shower and change of clothes,will be allowed 15 minutes for this purpose.

13.6 Rest and recline

      (a) Employees other than Fire Service Communications Controllers (public sector)

        Employees on night shift,other than Fire Service Communications Controllers in the public sector,will be permitted to recline and sleep between the hours of 11.00 pm and 7.00 am,only when there is no work to be performed by them.

      (b) Fire Service Communications Controllers (public sector)

        Fire Service Communication Controllers on night duty will be permitted to recline and sleep on a recliner chair when there is no work to be done.

14. Breaks—private sector day workers

14.1 Clause 14 applies to private sector employers and their employees who are day workers.

14.2 Meal break

      (a) Employees will be provided with an unpaid meal break of a minimum of half an hour,to be taken between 12 noon and 2.00 pm.

      (b) If,during the meal break,an employee is directed to remain at the normal place of employment,the meal break will be paid.

14.3 Paid morning and afternoon tea break

      Employees will be provided with a paid morning and afternoon tea break of 10 minutes each.

14.4 Paid rest period during overtime

      An employee working overtime will be allowed a paid rest period of 20 minutes after each 4 hours of overtime worked,if the employee continues to work after the rest break.

14.5 Paid crib break during fire duty

      Employees performing fire duty continuously for a period of 3 hours or more are entitled to a paid 30 minute crib break.

14.6 Time for shower and change

      Employees engaged on duty which requires a shower and change of clothes,will be allowed 15 minutes for such purpose.

Part 4—Wages and Allowances

15. Minimum rates—public sector

16. Minimum rates—private sector

17. Higher duties

18. Payment of wages

19. Allowances—wage-related allowances

20. Allowances—expense-related allowances

21. Superannuation

15. Minimum rates—public sector

A public sector employer must pay employees the following minimum rates:

Classification

Minimum weekly rate:38 hours

(full-time employee)

Shift loading:30% of the minimum weekly rate

Average 40 hours loading:10.5263% of the combined minimum weekly rate and shift loading

    Total weekly rate

 

$

$

$

$

Recruit

771.90

-

-

771.90

Firefighter Level 1

771.90

231.57

105.63

1,109.10

Firefighter Level 2

782.80

234.84

107.12

1,124.76

Firefighter Level 3

796.10

238.83

108.94

1,143.87

Qualified Firefighter

862.50

258.75

118.03

1,239.28

Leading Firefighter

986.80

296.04

135.04

1,417.88

Station Officer

1069.80

320.94

146.39

1,537.13

Senior Station Officer

1152.30

345.69

157.68

1,655.67

Fire Service Communications Controller

1152.30

345.69

157.68

1,655.67

NOTE: See Schedule A—Summary of Hourly Rates of Pay for a summary of hourly rates of pay including overtime.

16. Minimum rates—private sector

An employer must pay private sector employees the following minimum rates for ordinary hours worked by the employee:

Classification

Minimum weekly rate

(full-time employee)

Minimum hourly rate

Ordinary hourly rate—shiftworkers1

 

$

$

$

Recruit

771.90

20.31

26.40

Firefighter Level 1

771.90

20.31

26.40

Firefighter Level 2

782.80

20.60

26.78

Firefighter Level 3

796.10

20.95

27.24

Qualified Firefighter

862.50

22.70

29.51

Leading Firefighter

986.80

25.97

33.76

Station Officer

1069.80

28.15

36.60

Senior Station Officer

1152.30

30.32

39.42

1 Ordinary hourly rate includes the 30% loading payable to shiftworkers.

NOTE: See Schedule A—Summary of Hourly Rates of Pay for a summary of hourly rates of pay including overtime and penalty rates.

17. Higher duties

17.1 A Station Officer who is required to perform higher duties for any period in excess of an aggregate of 5 weeks in a 12 month period will be paid for the period in excess of 5 weeks at the higher rate.

17.2 An employee other than a Station Officer who is appointed to perform duties at a higher level for longer than 7 days will be paid at the higher rate for the whole period of performing such duties.

18. Payment of wages

NOTE: Regulations 3.33(3) and 3.46(1)(g) of Fair Work Regulations 2009 set out the requirements for pay records and the content of payslips including the requirement to separately identify any allowance paid.

18.1 Wages must be paid fortnightly according to:

      (a) the actual ordinary hours worked each week;or

      (b) the average number of ordinary hours worked each week.

18.2 Wages must either be paid by cash,cheque or electronic funds transfer into the bank or financial institution account nominated by the employee.

18.3 Payment on termination of employment

      (a) The employer must pay an employee no later than 7 days after the day on which the employee’s employment terminates:

        (i) the employee’s wages under this award for any complete or incomplete pay period up to the end of the day of termination;and

        (ii) all other amounts that are due to the employee under this award and the NES.

      (b) The requirement to pay wages and other amounts under clause 18.3(a) is subject to further order of the Commission and the employer making deductions authorised by this award or the Act.

      NOTE 1: Section 117(2) of the Act provides that an employer must not terminate an employee’s employment unless the employer has given the employee the required minimum period of notice or “has paid”to the employee payment instead of giving notice.

      NOTE 2: Clause 18.3(b) allows the Commission to make an order delaying the requirement to make a payment under clause 18.3. For example,the Commission could make an order delaying the requirement to pay redundancy pay if an employer makes an application under section 120 of the Act for the Commission to reduce the amount of redundancy pay an employee is entitled to under the NES.

      NOTE 3: State and Territory long service leave laws or long service leave entitlements under section 113 of the Act,may require an employer to pay an employee for accrued long service leave on the day on which the employee’s employment terminates or shortly after.

19. Allowances—wage-related allowances

NOTE:Regulations 3.33(3) and 3.46(1)(g) of Fair Work Regulations 2009 set out the requirements for pay records and the content of payslips including the requirement to separately identify any allowance paid.

19.1 Employers must pay to an employee the allowances the employee is entitled to under clause 19.

19.2 All-purpose allowances

      Allowances paid for all purposes are included in the rate of pay of an employee who is entitled to the allowances when calculating any penalties or loadings or payment while they are on leave. The availability allowance in clause 19.3 is paid for all purposes under this award.

19.3 Availability allowance

      (a) Station Officers not working the 10/14 shift roster who are required to be available after working hours to deal with operational matters will receive a 4.5% loading on their total weekly rate to be counted for all purposes.

      (b) In the event of an employee covered by clause 19.3(a) being required to attend an operational incident,the time back on duty will be counted as part of their average of 42 hours per week as detailed in clause 11.2(a).

19.4 Relieving allowance

      (a) An employee required to do relieving duty away from their appointed station,where the distance between their appointed station and their duty station is greater than 100 kilometres measured by the shortest distance by road,will receive:

        (i) an allowance of $27.43 per shift;

        (ii) when off duty,the cost of reasonable accommodation,not at the duty station,dinner and breakfast and a meal allowance;and

        (iii) the expenses as prescribed in clause 20.3 for the journey to their duty station,prior to commencing relieving duty at the station and for the return journey,at the completion of the tour of relieving duty at the station.

      (b) An employee required to do relieving duty away from their appointed station,where the distance between their appointed station and their duty station is between 50 and 100 kilometres measured by the shortest distance by road,will receive:

        (i) an allowance of $27.43 per shift;and

        (ii) when there is a break between shifts of 24 hours or less,when off duty,the cost of reasonable accommodation,not at the duty station,dinner and breakfast and a meal allowance.

      (c) A relieving employee will not be entitled to the accommodation and meals allowance prescribed in clause 19.4 when they return to their place of residence between shifts and receive the travelling allowance,expenses and reimbursement expenses prescribed in clause 20.3.

19.5 Qualification allowances

      (a) An employee who is the holder of IFE Graduate Certificate or a Certificate of Fire Technology will be paid an extra $14.66 per week.

      (b) An employee who is the holder of both the IFE Graduate Certificate and the Certificate of Fire Technology will be paid an extra $21.56 per week.

      (c) An employee who is the holder of both the IFE Graduate Certificate and Membership will be paid an extra $26.74 per week.

      (d) A holder of a current recognised first aid certificate will receive an extra $16.82 per week if appointed by the employer to perform first aid duty (in the case of fire stations,one such employee will be appointed per shift).

19.6 Duty allowances

      (a) An employee detailed on to a designated heavy rescue appliance,will receive an additional $20.70 per week when so detailed.

      (b) Station Officers and Firefighters rostered for special administrative duties,who are required to maintain operational competencies,will receive an additional $62.96 per week whilst so rostered.

      (c) Special administrative duties will include all rostered duty in the training and education,fire safety and administrative areas of operations.

20. Allowances—expense-related allowances

NOTE:Regulations 3.33(3) and 3.46(1)(g) of Fair Work Regulations 2009 set out the requirements for pay records and the content of payslips including the requirement to separately identify any allowance paid.

20.1 Employers must pay to an employee the allowances the employee is entitled to under clause 20.

20.2 Meal allowance

      (a) An employee entitled to a meal allowance other than those specified in clause 20.3(d) will receive an amount of $15.94.

      (b) Where a normal meal break of an employee is withheld for a period in excess of 30 minutes,a meal allowance will be paid to the employee. This provision will not apply to Firefighters or Station Officers who are required to perform salvage duty or a fire call as provided for in clause 20.2(c).

      (c) Where an employee is required to perform salvage duty,watching duty or a fire call (provided that such duty or fire call is of not less than 3 hours’duration) and includes a period of a normal meal break they will be paid a meal allowance except when the employer provides a meal.

      (d) Where overtime is worked for 2 hours or more before or after a rostered shift,a meal allowance will be paid for every meal except when the employer provides a meal.

      (e) When recalled for duty an employee will be paid a meal allowance on the following basis:

        (i) on day duty 2 meal allowances,if work commences before 10.00 am and continues for more than 2 hours;

        (ii) on day duty one meal allowance,if work commences after 10.00 am and continues for more than 3 hours;and

        (iii) on night duty one meal allowance,if work commences before 8.00 pm and continues for more than 2 hours.

      (f) An employee retained on duty within the meaning of clause 22.6 will receive a meal allowance and if the period of retention exceeds 4 hours the employee will receive a further meal allowance and continue to receive a meal allowance at the end of each additional 2 hour period worked.

20.3 Travelling allowance,expenses and reimbursement

      (a) When an employee is detailed for duty to a station other than their appointed station,they will,except in the case of emergency,receive at least 48 hours’notice of such duty. During the period for which an employee is so detailed,they will report to the duty station at the commencing time of each shift to which they are rostered and will in addition to their wages be paid or reimbursed:

        (i) all expenses necessarily incurred by them in excess of those ordinarily incurred between their residence and their appointed station;and

        (ii) if the relieving period is less than the equivalent of a rostered leave cycle:

          ●a daily allowance equal to one hour’s wage at overtime rates;and

          ●if the duty station is further from their residence than is their appointed station,an allowance based on the shortest distance by road which separates their appointed station and duty station for 3 minutes each way at ordinary rates for each 4 kilometres or part thereof travelled.

      (b) When an employee,while on duty at their appointed station,is required to perform duty at another station they will:

        (i) if returned to their appointed station during their duty shift,be reimbursed the cost of reasonable transport between their appointed station and the duty station at which they are required to perform duty. This provision will not apply where reasonable transport is provided by the employer;

        (ii) if they remain on duty at such other station until the end of their duty shift,they will,in addition to their wages be paid or reimbursed:

          ●the appropriate single travelling expenses to their appointed station;

          ●an allowance equal to half an hour’s pay at overtime rates;and

          ●if the duty station is further from their residence than their appointed station,an allowance based on the shortest distance by road which separates their appointed station and duty station of 2.5 minutes each way at ordinary rates for each kilometre or part thereof travelled.

      (c) When an employee travels between their appointed and duty station,or is required to do duty away from their appointed or duty station,or attend training,they will be reimbursed the cost of reasonable transport. This provision will not apply where transport is provided by the employer.

      (d) Employees are entitled,on submission of the written evidence required by the employer,to reimbursement of accommodation,meals and incidental expenses necessarily incurred in performing duties in the course of employment at a rate not less than the amount as follows:

       

      Capital cities

      Other places within Australia

      Part day absence

       

      $

      $

      $

      Breakfast

      20.54

      13.19

      15.97

      Lunch

      34.92

      26.58

      15.97

      Dinner

      49.15

      37.63

      21.18

      Accommodation
      (per night)

      163.51

      95.32

      N/A

      Total

      268.12

      172.72

       

      (e) The allowances in clause 20.3(d) are subject to the following:

        (i) the breakfast allowance is not payable if departure from home is after 7.00 am;

        (ii) the lunch allowance is not payable if departure from the location is after 12.00 pm;

        (iii) the dinner allowance is not payable if arrival at home is before 7.00 pm;and

        (iv) the accommodation allowance is only payable for overnight accommodation.

20.4 Vehicle allowance

      (a) Any employee who is required by the employer to use their own motor vehicle on the employer’s business,and is not otherwise entitled to an allowance in respect of the cost of travel,will be entitled to receive an allowance of:

        (i) $0.78 per kilometre in the case of a motor vehicle;and

        (ii) $0.26 per kilometre in the case of a motorcycle.

20.5 Uniform and equipment allowance

      (a) The employer will reimburse each employee for the cost of purchasing,replacing,repairing and/or cleaning the articles of clothing and/or equipment that must be worn and/or used by the employee. This provision will not apply where such clothing and equipment is provided,replaced,repaired and/or cleaned or paid for by the employer.

      (b) The replacement,repairs and/or cleaning of the articles of clothing and equipment will occur when reasonably required by each employee and/or when the uniform or equipment becomes so soiled or damaged that it requires cleaning,repair,or replacement.

20.6 Change of residence expenses

      Where an employee is permanently promoted,transferred or ordered from one location to another location that reasonably necessitates the employee to change their residence the employer will reimburse the employee for the reasonable expenses incurred in such relocation including the cost of transporting the employee and their family to the new location and costs of moving furniture and personal effects.

20.7 Driving licence fee reimbursement

      Firefighters and Station Officers who are required,as part of their duties,to drive the employer’s vehicle(s) in a situation associated with an emergency will be reimbursed for fees pertaining to the renewal of driving licences.

20.8 Attendance at training facilities,allowances and expenses

      The employer may,by agreement or by giving not less than one week’s notice,require employees to attend training courses at a training facility subject to the following conditions:

      (a) The employer may fix within a spread of hours between 8.00 am and 10.00 pm the daily number of training hours and the time at which daily training sessions are held.

      (b) The employer will pay overtime rates in accordance with clause 22Overtime for all reasonable travelling time outside the hours of 8.00 am to 6.00 pm to and from the training facility.

      (c) Training time in excess of 10 hours in any one day or 38 hours in any one weekly tour of duty or week as the case may be which will not exceed 5 days will be paid overtime at the rates prescribed in clause 22Overtime.

      (d) Where an employee is required to attend training they will be reimbursed the cost of reasonable transport. This provision will not apply where the employer provides reasonable transport.

      (e) An employee required to attend a training facility which requires that they stay away from home will be reimbursed the full cost of accommodation. This provision will not apply where the employer provides full accommodation.

21. Superannuation

21.1 Superannuation legislation

      (a) Superannuation legislation,including the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 (Cth),the Superannuation Guarantee Charge Act 1992 (Cth),the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (Cth) and the Superannuation (Resolution of Complaints) Act 1993 (Cth),deals with the superannuation rights and obligations of employers and employees. Under superannuation legislation individual employees generally have the opportunity to choose their own superannuation fund. If an employee does not choose a superannuation fund,any superannuation fund nominated in the award covering the employee applies.

      (b) The rights and obligations in these clauses supplement those in superannuation legislation.

21.2 Employer contributions

      An employer must make such superannuation contributions to a superannuation fund for the benefit of an employee as will avoid the employer being required to pay the superannuation guarantee charge under superannuation legislation with respect to that employee.

21.3 Voluntary employee contributions

      (a) Subject to the governing rules of the relevant superannuation fund,an employee may,in writing,authorise their employer to pay on behalf of the employee a specified amount from the post-taxation wages of the employee into the same superannuation fund as the employer makes the superannuation contributions provided for in clause 21.2.

      (b) An employee may adjust the amount the employee has authorised their employer to pay from the wages of the employee from the first of the month following the giving of three months’written notice to their employer.

      (c) The employer must pay the amount authorised under clauses 21.3(a) or (b) no later than 28 days after the end of the month in which the deduction authorised under clauses 21.3(a) or (b) was made.

21.4 Superannuation fund

      Unless,to comply with superannuation legislation,the employer is required to make the superannuation contributions provided for in clause 21.2 to another superannuation fund that is chosen by the employee,the employer must make the superannuation contributions provided for in clause 21.2 and pay the amount authorised under clauses 21.3(a) or (b) to one of the following superannuation funds or its successor:

      (a) any superannuation fund to which the employer was making superannuation contributions for the benefit of its employees before 12 September 2008,provided the superannuation fund is an eligible choice fund and is a fund that offers a MySuper product or is an exempt public sector superannuation scheme;or

      (b) a superannuation fund or scheme which the employee is a defined benefit member of.

Part 5—Overtime and Penalty Rates

22. Overtime

23. Penalty rates

22. Overtime

[Varied by PR719213]

22.1 Definition of overtime—public sector

      (a) Day workers

        For a day worker,overtime is all time worked in excess of the daily or weekly ordinary hours of work.

[22.1(b) corrected by PR719213 ppc 04May20]

      (b) Shiftworkers

        (i) Subject to clause 22.1(b)(ii),overtime is all time worked in excess of the daily or weekly ordinary hours of work.

        (ii) For a shiftworker working a 10/14 roster or a Fire Service Communications Controller,overtime is any time required to be worked:

          ●in excess of a rostered shift;or

          ●in excess of 4 shifts in any one week.

        (iii) The rate used for the purpose of calculating overtime payments is 130% of the minimum weekly rate:38 hours for employees in clause 15Minimum rates—public sector.

        (iv) To remove doubt,no additional payment is made to an employee in respect of the average of 2 hours a week of overtime incorporated in the total weekly rate payable to the employee.

22.2 Definition of overtime—private sector

      (a) Day workers

        For a day worker,overtime is all time worked in excess of the daily or weekly ordinary hours of work.

      (b) Shiftworkers

        (i) For a shiftworker working a 10/14 roster,overtime is any time required to be worked:

          ●in excess of a rostered shift;or

          ●in excess of 4 shifts in any one week.

        (ii) For a shiftworker not working on a 10/14 roster,overtime is any time required to be worked:

          ●in excess of a rostered shift;or

          ●in excess of 38 hours per week.

      (c) Part-time employees

        For a part-time employee,overtime is all time worked in excess of the hours as agreed under clause 9.4(b) or varied under clause 9.4(c).

22.3 Overtime rates

      Where an employee works overtime the employer must pay to the employee the overtime rates as follows:

    For overtime worked on

    % of ordinary hourly rate1

    % of minimum hourly rate

    Public sector—shiftworkers

      

        All hours

    200%

    -

    Public Sector—day workers

      

        All hours (except public holidays)

    200%

    -

        Public holidays

    250%

    -

    Private sector—shiftworkers

      

        All hours

    200%

    -

    Private sector—day workers

      

        All hours (except public holidays)

    -

    200%

        Public holidays

    -

    250%

22.4 Overtime will be calculated to the nearest quarter of an hour.

[22.5 deleted by PR719213 ppc 04May20]

[22.6 renumbered as 22.5 by PR719213 ppc 04May20]

22.5 Recall to duty

      (a) An employee off duty,who is recalled to duty,will be paid a minimum of 4 hours at the applicable overtime rate in clause 22.3,provided that if the work to be done is completed within 4 hours,the employee need not stay for the full 4 hours.

      (b) An employee recalled to duty will be paid travelling time:

        (i) on Monday to Saturday,at the ordinary hourly rate;

        (ii) on a Sunday or public holiday,at 150% of the ordinary hourly rate.

      (c) An employee recalled to duty will also receive payment in respect of the distance travelled from home to work and return home,in accordance with clause 20.4.

[22.7 renumbered as 22.6 by PR719213 ppc 04May20]

22.6 Retention

      (a) An employee working shiftwork who:

        (i) is retained on duty at the conclusion of a rostered shift for 60 minutes or more,excluding shower and change time;and

        (ii) has not been given at least 24 hours' prior notice of the retention,

        will be paid a minimum of 4 hours at the overtime rate. If the work to be done is completed within 4 hours,the employee need not stay for the full 4 hours.

      (b) An employee retained on duty after a night shift will be entitled to 8 consecutive hours off duty,without loss of pay for ordinary working time.

[22.8 renumbered as 22.7 by PR719213 ppc 04May20]

22.7 Time off instead of payment for overtime

      (a) An employee and employer may agree in writing to the employee taking time off instead of being paid for a particular amount of overtime that has been worked by the employee.

      (b) Any amount of overtime that has been worked by an employee in a particular pay period and that is to be taken as time off instead of the employee being paid for it must be the subject of a separate agreement under clause 22.7.

      (c) An agreement must state each of the following:

        (i) the number of overtime hours to which it applies and when those hours were worked;

        (ii) that the employer and employee agree that the employee may take time off instead of being paid for the overtime;

        (iii) that,if the employee requests at any time,the employer must pay the employee,for overtime covered by the agreement but not taken as time off,at the overtime rate applicable to the overtime when worked;

        (iv) that any payment mentioned in clause 22.7(c)(iii) must be made in the next pay period following the request.

        NOTE: An example of the type of agreement required by clause 22.7 is set out at Schedule C—Agreement for Time Off Instead of Payment for Overtime. There is no requirement to use the form of agreement set out at Schedule C—Agreement for Time Off Instead of Payment for Overtime. An agreement under clause 22.7 can also be made by an exchange of emails between the employee and employer,or by other electronic means.

      (d) The period of time off that an employee is entitled to take is the same as the number of overtime hours worked.

        EXAMPLE:By making an agreement under clause 22.7 an employee who worked 2 overtime hours is entitled to 2 hours’time off.

      (e) Time off must be taken:

        (i) within the period of 6 months after the overtime is worked;and

        (ii) at a time or times within that period of 6 months agreed by the employee and employer.

      (f) If the employee requests at any time,to be paid for overtime covered by an agreement under clause 22.7 but not taken as time off,the employer must pay the employee for the overtime,in the next pay period following the request,at the overtime rate applicable to the overtime when worked.

      (g) If time off for overtime that has been worked is not taken within the period of 6 months mentioned in clause 22.7(e),the employer must pay the employee for the overtime,in the next pay period following those 6 months,at the overtime rate applicable to the overtime when worked.

      (h) The employer must keep a copy of any agreement under clause 22.7 as an employee record.

      (i) An employer must not exert undue influence or undue pressure on an employee in relation to a decision by the employee to make,or not make,an agreement to take time off instead of payment for overtime.

      (j) An employee may,under section 65 of the Act,request to take time off,at a time or times specified in the request or to be subsequently agreed by the employer and the employee,instead of being paid for overtime worked by the employee. If the employer agrees to the request then clause 22.7 will apply,including the requirement for separate written agreements under clause 22.7(b) for overtime that has been worked.

        NOTE: If an employee makes a request under section 65 of the Act for a change in working arrangements,the employer may only refuse that request on reasonable business grounds (see section 65(5) of the Act).

      (k) If,on the termination of the employee’s employment,time off for overtime worked by the employee to which clause 22.7 applies has not been taken,the employer must pay the employee for the overtime at the overtime rate applicable to the overtime when worked.

        NOTE: Under section 345(1) of the Act,a person must not knowingly or recklessly make a false or misleading representation about the workplace rights of another person under clause 22.7.

23. Penalty rates

23.1 Shiftworkers and day workers in the private sector will be paid the following penalty rates for all ordinary hours worked during the following periods.

    Ordinary hours worked:

    Day workers

    Shiftworkers

     

    Private sector

    Private sector

     

    % of minimum hourly rate

    % of minimum hourly rate

    Monday-Friday

    100%

    130%

    Saturday

    150%

    130%

    Sunday

    200%

    130%

    Public holiday

    250%

    130%

23.2 Shiftworkers and day workers in the public sector are paid in accordance with clause 15Minimum rates—public sector.

23.3 Public holidays—private sector day workers

      (a) Not later than 2 weeks after a public holiday a day worker may elect to be paid at the rate of 150% of their ordinary hourly rate for each hour of rostered ordinary work performed on that day and granted one day’s leave instead of the public holiday. This entitlement is instead of the rate in clause 23.1.

      (b) An employee whose rostered day off falls on a public holiday will be granted one day’s leave instead of the public holiday.

      (c) An employee who is rostered to perform ordinary hours of work on a public holiday,but is granted leave in respect of that day,will be granted one day’s leave instead of such public holiday,except where the public holiday occurs during a period of leave without pay.

Part 6—Leave and Public Holidays

24. Annual leave

25. Personal/carer’s leave and compassionate leave

26. Parental leave and related entitlements

27. Community service leave

28. Unpaid family and domestic violence leave

29. Public holidays

24. Annual leave

24.1 Annual leave is provided for in the NES. Clause 24 supplements the NES provisions.

      NOTE: Where an employee is receiving over-award payments such that the employee’s base rate of pay is higher than the rate specified under this award,the employee is entitled to receive the higher rate while on a period of paid annual leave (see sections 16 and 90 of the Act).

24.2 Shiftworkers for the purposes of the NES

      For the purpose of section 87(1)(b) of the Act,a shiftworker is an employee:

      (a) who works a roster and who,over the roster cycle,may be rostered to work ordinary shifts on any of the 7 days of the week;and

      (b) who is regularly rostered to work on Sundays and public holidays.

24.3 10/14 roster employees and other public sector employees

      (a) Notwithstanding clause 24.2,a full-time employee working the 10/14 roster and other full-time employees of public sector employers will be entitled to 65.06 days annual leave per annum inclusive of the NES. Part-time employees working the 10/14 roster will be entitled to annual leave on a pro-rata basis of 65.06 days annual leave per annum inclusive of the NES. Such leave is to be taken on the following basis:

        (i) for full-time employees subject to the 10/14 roster,such leave will be taken in periods of 28 calendar days within alternating periods of 20 weeks and 24 weeks;and

        (ii) for other employees not subject to the 10/14 roster and for part-time employees,such leave will be taken within periods as reasonably prescribed by the employer. These employees will be required to take any public holiday on the date reasonably prescribed.

      (b) Where an employee leaves their employment they will be entitled to pro-rata payment instead of the annual leave provided in clause 24 for such broken periods of service calculated on the basis of 21.67% of the ordinary wage payment received by the employee during such period.

      (c) Where an employee is on annual leave,they will be paid their total weekly rate.

24.4 Annual leave in advance

      (a) An employer and employee may agree in writing to the employee taking a period of paid annual leave before the employee has accrued an entitlement to the leave.

      (b) An agreement must:

      (c) The employer must keep a copy of any agreement under clause 24.4 as an employee record.

      (d) If,on the termination of the employee’s employment,the employee has not accrued an entitlement to all of a period of paid annual leave already taken in accordance with an agreement under clause 24.4,the employer may deduct from any money due to the employee on termination an amount equal to the amount that was paid to the employee in respect of any part of the period of annual leave taken in advance to which an entitlement has not been accrued.

24.5 Cashing out of annual leave

      (a) Paid annual leave must not be cashed out except in accordance with an agreement under clause 24.5.

      (b) Each cashing out of a particular amount of paid annual leave must be the subject of a separate agreement under clause 24.5.

      (c) An employer and an employee may agree in writing to the cashing out of a particular amount of accrued paid annual leave by the employee.

      (d) An agreement under clause 24.5 must state:

        (i) the amount of leave to be cashed out and the payment to be made to the employee for it;and

        (ii) the date on which the payment is to be made.

      (e) An agreement under clause 24.5 must be signed by the employer and employee and,if the employee is under 18 years of age,by the employee’s parent or guardian.

      (f) The payment must not be less than the amount that would have been payable had the employee taken the leave at the time the payment is made.

      (g) An agreement must not result in the employee’s remaining accrued entitlement to paid annual leave being less than 4 weeks.

      (h) The maximum amount of accrued paid annual leave that may be cashed out in any period of 12 months is 2 weeks.

      (i) The employer must keep a copy of any agreement under clause 24.5 as an employee record.

      NOTE 1: Under section 344 of the Act,an employer must not exert undue influence or undue pressure on an employee to make,or not make,an agreement under clause 24.5.

      NOTE 2: Under section 345(1) of the Act,a person must not knowingly or recklessly make a false or misleading representation about the workplace rights of another person under clause 24.5.

      NOTE 3: An example of the type of agreement required by clause 24.5 is set out at Schedule E—Agreement to Cash Out Annual Leave. There is no requirement to use the form of agreement set out at Schedule E—Agreement to Cash Out Annual Leave.

24.6 Excessive leave accruals:general provision

      NOTE: Clauses 24.6 to 24.8 contain provisions,additional to NES,about the taking of paid annual leave as a way of dealing with the accrual of excessive paid annual leave. See Part 2.2,Division 6 of the Act.

      (a) An employee has an excessive leave accrual if the employee has accrued more than 130 days paid annual leave.

      (b) If an employee has an excessive leave accrual,the employer or the employee may seek to confer with the other and genuinely try to reach agreement on how to reduce or eliminate the excessive leave accrual.

      (c) Clause 24.7 sets out how an employer may direct an employee who has an excessive leave accrual to take paid annual leave.

      (d) Clause 24.8 sets out how an employee who has an excessive leave accrual may require an employer to grant paid annual leave requested by the employee.

24.7 Excessive leave accruals:direction by employer that leave be taken

      (a) If an employer has genuinely tried to reach agreement with an employee under clause 24.6(b) but agreement is not reached (including because the employee refuses to confer),the employer may direct the employee in writing to take one or more periods of paid annual leave.

      (b) However,a direction by the employer under clause 24.7(a):

        (i) is of no effect if it would result at any time in the employee’s remaining accrued entitlement to paid annual leave being less than 6 weeks when any other paid annual leave arrangements (whether made under clause 24.6,24.7 or 24.8 or otherwise agreed by the employer and employee) are taken into account;and

        (ii) must not require the employee to take any period of paid annual leave of less than one week;and

        (iii) must not require the employee to take a period of paid annual leave beginning less than 8 weeks,or more than 12 months,after the direction is given;and

        (iv) must not be inconsistent with any leave arrangement agreed by the employer and employee.

      (c) The employee must take paid annual leave in accordance with a direction under clause 24.7(a) that is in effect.

      (d) An employee to whom a direction has been given under clause 24.7(a) may request to take a period of paid annual leave as if the direction had not been given.

      NOTE 1: Paid annual leave arising from a request mentioned in clause 24.7(d) may result in the direction ceasing to have effect. See clause 24.7(b)(i).

      NOTE 2: Under section 88(2) of the Act,the employer must not unreasonably refuse to agree to a request by the employee to take paid annual leave.

24.8 Excessive leave accruals:request by employee for leave

      (a) If an employee has genuinely tried to reach agreement with an employer under clause 24.6(b) but agreement is not reached (including because the employer refuses to confer),the employee may give a written notice to the employer requesting to take one or more periods of paid annual leave.

      (b) However,an employee may only give a notice to the employer under clause 24.8(a) if:

        (i) the employee has had an excessive leave accrual for more than 6 months at the time of giving the notice;and

        (ii) the employee has not been given a direction under clause 24.7(a) that,when any other paid annual leave arrangements (whether made under clause 24.6,24.7 or 24.8 or otherwise agreed by the employer and employee) are taken into account,would eliminate the employee’s excessive leave accrual.

      (c) A notice given by an employee under clause 24.8(a) must not:

        (i) if granted,result in the employee’s remaining accrued entitlement to paid annual leave being at any time less than 6 weeks when any other paid annual leave arrangements (whether made under clause 24.6,24.7 or 24.8 or otherwise agreed by the employer and employee) are taken into account;or

        (ii) provide for the employee to take any period of paid annual leave of less than one week;or

        (iii) provide for the employee to take a period of paid annual leave beginning less than 8 weeks,or more than 12 months,after the notice is given;or

        (iv) be inconsistent with any leave arrangement agreed by the employer and employee.

      (d) An employee is not entitled to request by a notice under clause 24.8(a) more than 130 days’paid annual leave in any period of 12 months.

      (e) The employer must grant paid annual leave requested by a notice under clause 24.8(a).

25. Personal/carer’s leave and compassionate leave

Personal/carer’s leave and compassionate leave are provided for in the NES.

26. Parental leave and related entitlements

26.1 Parental leave and related entitlements are provided for in the NES.

26.2 The NES is supplemented by maintaining an entitlement to payment,in relation to maternity leave,adoption leave or paternity leave for employees in the classifications under this award who were entitled to payment for maternity leave,adoption leave or paternity leave in accordance with the terms of an award made under the Workplace Relations Act 1996 (Cth):

      (a) that applied to the employee or would have applied to the employee immediately prior to 1 January 2010,if the employee had at that time been in their current circumstances of employment and no agreement made under the Workplace Relations Act 1996 (Cth) applied to the employee;and

      (b) that would have entitled the employee to paid maternity leave,adoption leave or paternity leave.

27. Community service leave

Community service leave is provided for in the NES.

28. Unpaid family and domestic violence leave

Unpaid family and domestic violence leave is provided for in the NES.

NOTE 1: Information concerning an employee’s experience of family and domestic violence is sensitive and if mishandled can have adverse consequences for the employee. Employers should consult with such employees regarding the handling of this information.

NOTE 2: Depending upon the circumstances,evidence that would satisfy a reasonable person of the employee’s need to take family and domestic violence leave may include a document issued by the police service,a court or family violence support service,or a statutory declaration.

29. Public holidays

29.1 Public holidays are provided for in the NES. Clause 29 provides industry specific detail.

29.2 For employees working the 10/14 roster and for other employees of a public sector employer public holidays,including the NES entitlement,are accounted for in the aggregate annual leave provided for in clause 24.3 and the employee has no separate entitlement to public holidays whether pursuant to the NES or under this award.

29.3 Day workers will be paid in accordance with clause 23.1 for work performed on a public holiday.

29.4 Substitution of public holidays

      An employee,other than an employee working a 10/14 roster,by agreement with the employer,may substitute another day for any public holiday.

29.5 Part-day public holidays

Part 7—Consultation and Dispute Resolution

30. Consultation about major workplace change

31. Consultation about changes to rosters or hours of work

32. Dispute resolution

30. Consultation about major workplace change

30.1 If an employer makes a definite decision to make major changes in production,program,organisation,structure or technology that are likely to have significant effects on employees,the employer must:

      (a) give notice of the changes to all employees who may be affected by them and their representatives (if any);and

      (b) discuss with affected employees and their representatives (if any):

        (i) the introduction of the changes;and

        (ii) their likely effect on employees;and

        (iii) measures to avoid or reduce the adverse effects of the changes on employees;and

      (c) commence discussions as soon as practicable after a definite decision has been made.

30.2 For the purposes of the discussion under clause 30.1(b),the employer must give in writing to the affected employees and their representatives (if any) all relevant information about the changes including:

      (a) their nature;and

      (b) their expected effect on employees;and

      (c) any other matters likely to affect employees.

30.3 Clause 30.2 does not require an employer to disclose any confidential information if its disclosure would be contrary to the employer’s interests.

30.4 The employer must promptly consider any matters raised by the employees or their representatives about the changes in the course of the discussion under clause 30.1(b).

30.5 In clause 30 significant effects,on employees,includes any of the following:

      (a) termination of employment;or

      (b) major changes in the composition,operation or size of the employer’s workforce or in the skills required;or

      (c) loss of,or reduction in,job or promotion opportunities;or

      (d) loss of,or reduction in,job tenure;or

      (e) alteration of hours of work;or

      (f) the need for employees to be retrained or transferred to other work or locations;or

      (g) job restructuring.

30.6 Where this award makes provision for alteration of any of the matters defined at clause 30.5,such alteration is taken not to have significant effect.

31. Consultation about changes to rosters or hours of work

31.1 Clause 31 applies if an employer proposes to change the regular roster or ordinary hours of work of an employee,other than an employee whose working hours are irregular,sporadic or unpredictable.

31.2 The employer must consult with any employees affected by the proposed change and their representatives (if any).

31.3 For the purpose of the consultation,the employer must:

      (a) provide to the employees and representatives mentioned in clause 31.2 information about the proposed change (for example,information about the nature of the change and when it is to begin);and

      (b) invite the employees to give their views about the impact of the proposed change on them (including any impact on their family or caring responsibilities) and also invite their representative (if any) to give their views about that impact.

31.4 The employer must consider any views given under clause 31.3(b).

31.5 Clause 31 is to be read in conjunction with any other provisions of this award concerning the scheduling of work or the giving of notice.

32. Dispute resolution

32.1 Clause 32 sets out the procedures to be followed if a dispute arises about a matter under this award or in relation to the NES.

32.2 The parties to the dispute must first try to resolve the dispute at the workplace through discussion between the employee or employees concerned and the relevant supervisor.

32.3 If the dispute is not resolved through discussion as mentioned in clause 32.2,the parties to the dispute must then try to resolve it in a timely manner at the workplace through discussion between the employee or employees concerned and more senior levels of management,as appropriate.

32.4 If the dispute is unable to be resolved at the workplace and all appropriate steps have been taken under clauses 32.2 and 32.3,a party to the dispute may refer it to the Fair Work Commission.

32.5 The parties may agree on the process to be followed by the Fair Work Commission in dealing with the dispute,including mediation,conciliation and consent arbitration.

32.6 If the dispute remains unresolved,the Fair Work Commission may use any method of dispute resolution that it is permitted by the Act to use and that it considers appropriate for resolving the dispute.

32.7 A party to the dispute may appoint a person,organisation or association to support and/or represent them in any discussion or process under clause 32.

32.8 While procedures are being followed under clause 32 in relation to a dispute:

      (a) work must continue in accordance with this award and the Act;and

      (b) an employee must not unreasonably fail to comply with any direction given by the employer about performing work,whether at the same or another workplace,that is safe and appropriate for the employee to perform.

32.9 Clause 32.8 is subject to any applicable work health and safety legislation.

32.10 Dispute resolution training leave

      (a) An employee elected by employees in a workplace to represent them in dealings with the employer will be granted leave on full pay for up to 5 days per calendar year for the purpose of attending training courses that will enable the employee’s representative to perform or better perform their duties.

      (b) Such leave in a calendar year may be extended to 10 days,subject to the total leave granted in that year and the subsequent year not exceeding 10 days.

      (c) At all times this leave is subject to operational requirements and determined on this basis.

Part 8—Termination of employment and Redundancy

33. Termination of employment

34. Redundancy

33. Termination of employment

NOTE: The NES sets out requirements for notice of termination by an employer. See sections 117 and 123 of the Act.

33.1 Notice of termination by an employee

      (a) Clause 33.1 applies to all employees except those identified in sections 123(1) and 123(3) of the Act.

      (b) An employee must give the employer notice of termination in accordance with Table 1—Period of notice of at least the period specified in column 2 according to the period of continuous service of the employee specified in column 1.

        Table 1—Period of notice

      Column 1

      Employee’s period of continuous service with the employer at the end of the day the notice is given

      Column 2

      Period of notice

      Not more than 1 year

      1 week

      More than 1 year but not more than 3 years

      2 weeks

      More than 3 years but not more than 5 years

      3 weeks

      More than 5 years

      4 weeks

        NOTE: The notice of termination required to be given by an employee is the same as that required of an employer except that the employee does not have to give additional notice based on the age of the employee.

      (c) In clause 33.1(b) continuous service has the same meaning as in section 117 of the Act.

      (d) If an employee who is at least 18 years old does not give the period of notice required under clause 33.1(b),then the employer may deduct from wages due to the employee under this award an amount that is no more than one week’s wages for the employee.

      (e) If the employer has agreed to a shorter period of notice than that required under clause 33.1(b),then no deduction can be made under clause 33.1(d).

      (f) Any deduction made under clause 33.1(d) must not be unreasonable in the circumstances.

33.2 Job search entitlement

      (a) Where an employer has given notice of termination to an employee,the employee must be allowed time off without loss of pay of up to one day for the purpose of seeking other employment.

      (b) The time off under clause 33.2 is to be taken at times that are convenient to the employee after consultation with the employer.

34. Redundancy

NOTE: Redundancy pay is provided for in the NES. See sections 119 to 123 of the Act.

34.1 Transfer to lower paid duties on redundancy

      (a) Clause 34.1 applies if,because of redundancy,an employee is transferred to new duties to which a lower ordinary rate of pay applies.

      (b) The employer may:

        (i) give the employee notice of the transfer of at least the same length as the employee would be entitled to under section 117 of the Act as if it were a notice of termination given by the employer;or

        (ii) transfer the employee to the new duties without giving notice of transfer or before the expiry of a notice of transfer,provided that the employer pays the employee as set out in clause 34.1(c).

      (c) If the employer acts as mentioned in clause 34.1(b)(ii),the employee is entitled to a payment of an amount equal to the difference between the ordinary rate of pay of the employee (inclusive of all-purpose allowances,shift rates and penalty rates applicable to ordinary hours) for the hours of work the employee would have worked in the first role,and the ordinary rate of pay (also inclusive of all-purpose allowances,shift rates and penalty rates applicable to ordinary hours) of the employee in the second role for the period for which notice was not given.

34.2 Employee leaving during redundancy notice period

      (a) An employee given notice of termination in circumstances of redundancy may terminate their employment during the minimum period of notice prescribed by section 117(3) of the Act.

      (b) The employee is entitled to receive the benefits and payments they would have received under clause 34 or under sections 119 to 123 of the Act had they remained in employment until the expiry of the notice.

      (c) However,the employee is not entitled to be paid for any part of the period of notice remaining after the employee ceased to be employed.

34.3 Job search entitlement

      (a) Where an employer has given notice of termination to an employee in circumstances of redundancy,the employee must be allowed time off without loss of pay of up to one day each week of the minimum period of notice prescribed by section 117(3) of the Act for the purpose of seeking other employment.

      (b) If an employee is allowed time off without loss of pay of more than one day under clause 34.3(a),the employee must,at the request of the employer,produce proof of attendance at an interview.

      (c) A statutory declaration is sufficient for the purpose of clause 34.3(b).

      (d) An employee who fails to produce proof when required under clause 34.3(b) is not entitled to be paid for the time off.

      (e) This entitlement applies instead of clause 33.2.

Schedule A—Summary of Hourly Rates of Pay

A.1 Ordinary hourly rate

Ordinary hourly rate is the minimum hourly rate of pay for an employee plus a 30% shift loading and any allowance payable for all purposes to which the employee is entitled. Where an allowance is payable for all purposes in accordance with clause 19.2,this forms part of the employee’s ordinary hourly rate and must be added to the minimum hourly rate prior to calculating penalties and overtime.

A.2 Public sector employees

A.2.1 Full-time employees—ordinary rates and overtime

Classification

Minimum weekly rate

Total weekly rate1

Total hourly rate2

Ordinary hourly rate3

Overtime (200% of ordinary hourly rate)4

 

$

$

$

$

$

Recruit

771.90

-

20.31

-

40.62

Firefighter Level 1

771.90

1,109.10

29.19

26.41

52.82

Firefighter Level 2

782.80

1,124.76

29.60

26.78

53.56

Firefighter Level 3

796.10

1,143.87

30.10

27.24

54.48

Qualified Firefighter

862.50

1,239.28

32.61

29.51

59.02

Leading Firefighter

986.80

1,417.88

37.31

33.76

67.52

Station Officer

1069.80

1,537.13

40.45

36.60

73.20

Senior Station Officer

1152.30

1,655.67

43.57

39.42

78.84

Fire Service Communications Controller

1152.30

1,655.67

43.57

39.42

78.84

1 Total weekly rate includes the 30% shift loading and average 40 hours loading,where applicable. Different arrangements may apply to recruits.

2 Total hourly rate is the total weekly rate divided by 38. For recruits,the total hourly rate in the table is the minimum weekly rate divided by 38.

3 Ordinary hourly rate is calculated by adding the 30% shift loading to the minimum weekly rate and dividing by 38. Consistent with clause A.1,the availability allowance needs to be added to the hourly rate where applicable.

4 For recruits,the overtime amount in the table is 200% of the total hourly rate.

A.3 Private sector employees

A.3.1 Full-time and part-time employees—ordinary and penalty rates

Classification

Minimum hourly rate

Day work

Shiftwork

 

Saturday

Sunday

Public Holiday

  

% of minimum hourly rate

 

100%

150%

200%

250%

130%

 

$

$

$

$

$

Recruit

20.31

30.47

40.62

50.78

26.40

Firefighter Level 1

20.31

30.47

40.62

50.78

26.40

Firefighter Level 2

20.60

30.90

41.20

51.50

26.78

Firefighter Level 3

20.95

31.43

41.90

52.38

27.24

Qualified Firefighter

22.70

34.05

45.40

56.75

29.51

Leading Firefighter

25.97

38.96

51.94

64.93

33.76

Station Officer

28.15

42.23

56.30

70.38

36.60

Senior Station Officer

30.32

45.48

60.64

75.80

39.42

A.3.2 Full-time and part-time employees—overtime rates

Classification

Day work

Shiftwork

 

Monday to Sunday

Public holiday

All overtime

 

% of minimum hourly rate

% of ordinary hourly rate1

 

200%

250%

200%

 

$

$

$

Recruit

40.62

50.78

52.80

Firefighter Level 1

40.62

50.78

52.80

Firefighter Level 2

41.20

51.50

53.56

Firefighter Level 3

41.90

52.38

54.48

Qualified Firefighter

45.40

56.75

59.02

Leading Firefighter

51.94

64.93

67.52

Station Officer

56.30

70.38

73.20

Senior Station Officer

60.64

75.80

78.84

1 Ordinary hourly rate includes the 30% loading payable to shiftworkers.

Schedule B—Summary of Monetary Allowances

See clauses 19Allowances—wage-related allowances and 20Allowances—expense-related allowances for full details of allowances payable under this award.

B.1 Wage-related allowances

B.1.1 The wage-related allowances in clause 19Allowances—wage-related allowances of this award are based on the standard rate as defined in clause 2Definitions as the minimum weekly rate for a Qualified Firefighter in clause 15Minimum rates—public sector = $862.50

    Allowance

    Clause

    % of standard rate

    $

    Payable

    Relieving allowances—Greater than 100kms away from appointed station

    19.4(a)(i)

    3.18

    27.43

    per shift

    Relieving allowances—Between 50kms and 100kms away from appointed station

    19.4(b)(i)

    3.18

    27.43

    per shift

    Qualification allowances—IFE Graduate Certificate or Certificate of Fire Technology

    19.5(a)

    1.7

    14.66

    per week

    Qualification allowances—IFE Graduate Certificate and Certificate of Fire Technology

    19.5(b)

    2.5

    21.56

    per week

    Qualification allowances—IFE Graduate Certificate and Membership

    19.5(c)

    3.1

    26.74

    per week

    Qualification allowances—Current recognised first aid certificate

    19.5(d)

    1.95

    16.82

    per week

    Duty allowances—Designated heavy rescue appliance

    19.6(a)

    2.4

    20.70

    per week

    Duty allowances—Station Officers and Firefighters rostered for special administrative duties

    19.6(b)

    7.3

    62.96

    per week whilst so rostered

B.1.2 Adjustment of wage-related allowances

      (a) Wage-related allowances are adjusted in accordance with increases to wages and are based on a percentage of the standard rate as specified.

      (b) Other wage-related allowances

      Allowance

      Clause

      %

      Payment detail

      Availability allowances1

      19.3

      4.5

      % of employee’s total weekly rate

        1 This allowances applies for all purposes of this award.

B.2 Expense-related allowances

B.2.1 The following expense-related allowances will be payable to employees in accordance with clause 20Allowances—expense-related allowances:

    Allowance

    Clause

    $

    Payable

    Meal allowance

    20.2

    15.94

    per meal

    Vehicle allowances—Motor vehicle

    20.4(i)

    0.78

    per km

    Vehicle allowances—Motorcycle

    20.4(ii)

    0.26

    per km

      NOTE:The summary of travelling allowances appear in clause B.2.2.

B.2.2 Travelling allowances table

    Allowances

    Capital cities

    Other places within Australia

    Part day absence

     

    $

    $

    $

    Breakfast

    20.54

    13.19

    15.97

    Lunch

    34.92

    26.58

    15.97

    Dinner

    49.15

    37.63

    21.18

    Accommodation (per night)

    163.51

    95.32

    N/A

    Total

    268.12

    172.72

     

B.2.3 Adjustment of expense-related allowances

      (a) At the time of any adjustment to the standard rate,each expense-related allowance will be increased by the relevant adjustment factor. The relevant adjustment factor for this purpose is the percentage movement in the applicable index figure most recently published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics since the allowance was last adjusted.

      (b) The applicable index figure is the index figure published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics for the Eight Capitals Consumer Price Index (Cat No. 6401.0),as follows:

      Allowance

      Applicable Consumer Price Index figure

      Meal allowance

      Take away and fast foods sub-group

      Travelling allowance

      Domestic holiday travel and accommodation sub-group

      Vehicle allowance

      Private motoring sub-group

   

Schedule C—Agreement for Time Off Instead of Payment for Overtime

Link to PDF copy of Agreement for Time Off Instead of Payment for Overtime.

Name of employee:_____________________________________________

Name of employer:_____________________________________________

The employer and employee agree that the employee may take time off instead of being paid for the following amount of overtime that has been worked by the employee:

Date and time overtime started:___/___/20___ ____ am/pm

Date and time overtime ended:___/___/20___ ____ am/pm

Amount of overtime worked:_______ hours and ______ minutes

The employer and employee further agree that,if requested by the employee at any time,the employer must pay the employee for overtime covered by this agreement but not taken as time off. Payment must be made at the overtime rate applying to the overtime when worked and must be made in the next pay period following the request.

Signature of employee:________________________________________

Date signed:___/___/20___

Name of employer representative:________________________________________

Signature of employer representative:________________________________________

Date signed:___/___/20___

Schedule D—Agreement to Take Annual Leave in Advance

Link to PDF copy of Agreement to Take Annual Leave in Advance.

Name of employee:_____________________________________________

Name of employer:_____________________________________________

The employer and employee agree that the employee will take a period of paid annual leave before the employee has accrued an entitlement to the leave:

The amount of leave to be taken in advance is:____ hours/days

The leave in advance will commence on:___/___/20___

Signature of employee:________________________________________

Date signed:___/___/20___

Name of employer representative:________________________________________

Signature of employer representative:________________________________________

Date signed:___/___/20___

[If the employee is under 18 years of age - include:]

I agree that:

if,on termination of the employee’s employment,the employee has not accrued an entitlement to all of a period of paid annual leave already taken under this agreement,then the employer may deduct from any money due to the employee on termination an amount equal to the amount that was paid to the employee in respect of any part of the period of annual leave taken in advance to which an entitlement has not been accrued.

Name of parent/guardian:________________________________________

Signature of parent/guardian:________________________________________

Date signed:___/___/20___

   

Schedule E—Agreement to Cash Out Annual Leave

Link to PDF copy of Agreement to Cash Out Annual Leave.

Name of employee:_____________________________________________

Name of employer:_____________________________________________

The employer and employee agree to the employee cashing out a particular amount of the employee’s accrued paid annual leave:

The amount of leave to be cashed out is:____ hours/days

The payment to be made to the employee for the leave is:$_______ subject to deduction of income tax/after deduction of income tax (strike out where not applicable)

The payment will be made to the employee on:___/___/20___

Signature of employee:________________________________________

Date signed:___/___/20___

Name of employer representative:________________________________________

Signature of employer representative:________________________________________

Date signed:___/___/20___

Include if the employee is under 18 years of age:

Name of parent/guardian:________________________________________

Signature of parent/guardian:________________________________________

Date signed:___/___/20___

   

Schedule F—Part-day Public Holidays

F.1 This schedule operates where this award otherwise contains provisions dealing with public holidays that supplement the NES.

F.2 Where a part-day public holiday is declared or prescribed between 6.00 pm and midnight,or 7.00 pm and midnight on Christmas Eve (24 December in each year) or New Year’s Eve (31 December in each year) the following will apply on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and will override any provision in this award relating to public holidays to the extent of the inconsistency:

      (a) All employees will have the right to refuse to work on the part-day public holiday if the request to work is not reasonable or the refusal is reasonable as provided for in the NES.

      (b) Where a part-time or full-time employee is usually rostered to work ordinary hours on the declared or prescribed part-day public holiday but as a result of exercising their right under the NES does not work,they will be paid their ordinary rate of pay for such hours not worked.

      (c) Where a part-time or full-time employee is usually rostered to work ordinary hours on the declared or prescribed part-day public holiday but as a result of being on annual leave does not work,they will be taken not to be on annual leave during the hours of the declared or prescribed part-day public holiday that they would have usually been rostered to work and will be paid their ordinary rate of pay for such hours.

      (d) Where a part-time or full-time employee is usually rostered to work ordinary hours on the declared or prescribed part-day public holiday,but as a result of having a rostered day off (RDO) provided under this award,does not work,the employee will be taken to be on a public holiday for such hours and paid their ordinary rate of pay for those hours.

      (e) Excluding annualised salaried employees to whom clause F.2(f) applies,where an employee works any hours on the declared or prescribed part-day public holiday they will be entitled to the appropriate public holiday penalty rate (if any) in this award for those hours worked.

      (f) Where an employee is paid an annualised salary under the provisions of this award and is entitled under this award to time off in lieu or additional annual leave for work on a public holiday,they will be entitled to time off in lieu or pro-rata annual leave equivalent to the time worked on the declared or prescribed part-day public holiday.

      (g) An employee not rostered to work on the declared or prescribed part-day public holiday other than an employee who has exercised their right in accordance with clause F.2(a),will not be entitled to another day off,another day’s pay or another day of annual leave as a result of the part-day public holiday.

F.3 This schedule is not intended to detract from or supplement the NES.

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