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Fair Work Act 2009
s.156 - 4 yearly review of modern awards
Oil and gas industry
VICE PRESIDENT WATSON
SYDNEY,20 SEPTEMBER 2016
4 yearly review of modern awards –Gas Industry Award –Availability Duty
 This Decision is made in respect of a Review of the Gas Industry Award 2010 [MA000061] (the Award),being conducted by the Fair Work Commission (the Commission).
 Proceedings in respect of this matter have involved a Conference before Cambridge C held on 19 May 2016 and a Report Back and Further Conference on 22 July 2016. The Parties who appeared at the Conference were:
 On Thursday,21 July 2016,the Parties corresponded with the Commission to advise that they had participated in productive discussions since the Conference on 19 May 2016,and had successfully reached an understanding about the wording of a proposed Availability Duty Clause. The proposed clause which was provided to the Commission for the purposes of the Further Conference and Report Back is in the following terms:
“15.4 Availability duty
(a) Where an employer requires an employee to be on availability duty,the employee will be entitled to be paid an allowance of 26% of the standard rate per week (or per day on a pro rata basis where an employee is so required for less than a week).
(b) An employee required to be on availability duty who is unavailable when requested to attend an urgent or emergency situation shall not be paid the availability duty allowance for that day.”
 Consequently,it would appear that there remain no further contentious issues regarding the AWU’s application for the insertion of an Availability Duty clause in the Gas Industry Award 2010. The Commission is satisfied that the agreed clause is an appropriate variation having regard to the Modern Awards objective. Therefore,the Full Bench is of the view that this aspect the Review of the Award may be appropriately finalised by making the proposed variation regarding the insertion of the Availability Clause in the Award in the terms set out above.
 A Determination to give effect to this aspect of the Review of the Award is issued accordingly.
Mr S Crawford for The Australian Workers’Union.
Ms R Bhatt for Australian Industry Group.
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