Table of Contents - MA000113 Water 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

9. Full-time employees

10. Part-time employees

11. Casual employees

12. Classifications

Part 3—Hours of Work

13. Ordinary hours of work and rostering

14. Breaks—day workers

Part 4—Wages and Allowances

15. Minimum rates

16. Payment of wages

17. Annualised wage arrangements

18. Allowances

19. Superannuation

Part 5—Overtime,Shiftwork and Penalty Rates

20. Overtime

21. Shiftwork

Part 6—Leave and Public Holidays

22. Annual leave

23. Personal/carer’s leave and compassionate leave

24. Parental leave

25. Community service leave

26. Unpaid family and domestic violence leave

27. Public holidays

Part 7—Consultation and Dispute Resolution

28. Consultation about major workplace change

29. Consultation about changes to rosters or hours of work

30. Dispute resolution

Part 8—Termination of Employment and Redundancy

31. Termination of employment

32. Redundancy

SCHEDULE A—CLASSIFICATION DEFINITIONS
SCHEDULE B—SUMMARY OF HOURLY RATES OF PAY
SCHEDULE C—SUMMARY OF MONETARY ALLOWANCES
SCHEDULE D—SCHOOL-BASED APPRENTICES
SCHEDULE E—SUPPORTED WAGE SYSTEM
SCHEDULE F—AGREEMENT FOR TIME OFF INSTEAD OF PAYMENT FOR OVERTIME
SCHEDULE G—AGREEMENT TO TAKE ANNUAL LEAVE IN ADVANCE
SCHEDULE H—AGREEMENT TO CASH OUT ANNUAL LEAVE
SCHEDULE I—PART-DAY PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
SCHEDULE X—ADDITIONAL MEASURES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Water Industry Award 2020

Water Industry Award 2020

This Fair Work Commission consolidated modern award incorporates all amendments up to and including 27 September 2021 (PR733866).

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

Table of Contents

[Varied by PR716608,PR718141]

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

9. Full-time employees

10. Part-time employees

11. Casual employees

12. Classifications

Part 3—Hours of Work

13. Ordinary hours of work and rostering

14. Breaks—day workers

Part 4—Wages and Allowances

15. Minimum rates

16. Payment of wages

17. Annualised wage arrangements

18. Allowances

19. Superannuation

Part 5—Overtime,Shiftwork and Penalty Rates

20. Overtime

21. Shiftwork

Part 6—Leave and Public Holidays

22. Annual leave

23. Personal/carer’s leave and compassionate leave

24. Parental leave

25. Community service leave

26. Unpaid family and domestic violence leave

27. Public holidays

Part 7—Consultation and Dispute Resolution

28. Consultation about major workplace change

29. Consultation about changes to rosters or hours of work

30. Dispute resolution

Part 8—Termination of Employment and Redundancy

31. Termination of employment

32. Redundancy

Schedule A—Classification Definitions

Schedule B—Summary of Hourly Rates of Pay

Schedule C—Summary of Monetary Allowances

Schedule D—School-based Apprentices

Schedule E—Supported Wage System

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

Schedule G—Agreement to Take Annual Leave in Advance

Schedule H—Agreement to Cash Out Annual Leave

Schedule I—Part-day Public Holidays

Schedule X—Additional Measures During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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 Water 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

[Varied by PR733866]

In this award,unless the contrary intention appears:

      Act means the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).

      adult apprentice means an apprentice who is 21 years of age or over at the commencement of their apprenticeship.

      afternoon shift means any shift (other than a 12 hour shift) finishing after 6.00 pm and at or before midnight.

[Definition of casual employee inserted by PR733866 from 27Sep21]

      casual employee has the meaning given by section 15A of the Act.

      day shift means any shift other than an afternoon or night shift.

      day worker means an employee whose ordinary hours are worked between Monday and Friday and within the span of hours in clause 13.2(b).

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

      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).

      minimum hourly rate of an employee is the hourly rate of pay specified in clause 15Minimum rates for the employee’s classification.

      minimum weekly rate of an employee is the weekly rate of pay specified in clause 15Minimum rates for the employee’s classification.

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

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

      night shift means any shift finishing after midnight and at or before 8.00 am.

      on-hire means the on-hire of an employee by their employer to a client,where such employee works under the general guidance and instruction of the client or a representative of the client.

[Definition of regular casual employee inserted by PR733866 from 27Sep21]

      regular casual employee has the meaning given by section 12 of the Act.

      shiftworker means an employee who works a roster cycle where ordinary hours are rostered outside the span of hours specified in clause 13.2(b) (save that for the purposes of the NES,shiftworker has the different meaning given in clause 22.2).

      standard rate means the minimum hourly rate for a Level 4 employee in clause 15Minimum rates.

      water industry has the meaning given in clause 4.2.

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 the 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 water industry and their employees in the classifications listed in Schedule A—Classification Definitions to the exclusion of any other modern award.

4.2 In this award water industry means the harvesting (including by desalination),transportation,storage,treatment and supply of water to commercial,residential and other consumers and the harvesting,transportation,storage,treatment and recycling of waste water,stormwater and sewerage.

4.3 In this award,water industry does not include:

      (a) the construction of water industry facilities or infrastructure (unless the employer is otherwise within the water industry);

      (b) the installation,maintenance and repair of:

        (i) water,sewerage or drainage services within buildings,structures or facilities that are not part of the water industry as defined in clause 4.2;or

        (ii) the mains,drains and lines immediately connecting to such buildings,structures or facilities,

        (unless the employers are otherwise within the water industry);

      (c) the construction,manufacture,sale,installation or repair of water tanks (unless the employer is otherwise within the water industry);or

      (d) the processing or supply of bottled water.

4.4 This award does not cover:

      (a) employers and employees covered by the Local Government Industry Award 2010;

      (b) contractors to owners or operators of water industry facilities or infrastructure,and the employees of such contractors,where such contractors are covered by any of the following awards:

        (i) Building and Construction General On-site Award 2010;

        (ii) Electrical,Electronic and Communications Contracting Award 2010;

        (iii) Joinery and Building Trades Award 2010;

        (iv) Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award 2010;

        (v) Mobile Crane Hiring Award 2010;

        (vi) Plumbing and Fire Sprinklers Award 2010;or

        (vii) Professional Employees Award 2010,

        unless such contractor is a sub-contract operator of water industry facilities or infrastructure;or

      (c) a chief executive officer,however described,executives and other senior officers not covered by a classification in Schedule A—Classification Definitions.

4.5 This award covers any employer which supplies labour on an on-hire basis in the water industry in respect of on-hire employees in classifications covered by this award,and those on-hire employees,while engaged in the performance of work for a business in that industry. Clause 4.5 operates subject to the exclusions from coverage in this award.

4.6 This award covers employers which provide group training services for apprentices and trainees engaged in the water industry and/or parts of that industry and those apprentices and trainees engaged by a group training service hosted by a company to perform work at a location where the activities described herein are being performed. Clause 4.6 operates subject to the exclusions from coverage in this award.

4.7 This industry award does not cover:

      (a) an employee 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.

4.8 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 30Dispute 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:

    Clause

    Provision

    Agreement between an employer and:

    13.2(c)

    Day workers –span of hours

    An individual

    13.2(d)

    Day workers –maximum ordinary hours

    An individual

    20.3

    Time off instead of payment for overtime

    An individual

    22.8

    Annual leave in advance

    An individual

    22.9

    Cashing out annual leave

    An individual

    27.3

    Public holiday –substitution

    An individual

   

Part 2—Types of Employment and Classifications

8. Types of employment

9. Full-time employees

10. Part-time employees

11. Casual employees

12. Classifications

8. Types of employment

8.1 Employees under this award will be employed in one of the following categories:

      (a) full-time employment;

      (b) part-time employment;or

      (c) casual employment.

8.2 At the time of engagement,an employer will inform each employee of the terms of their engagement and in particular whether they are to be full-time,part-time or casual. This decision will be recorded in the time and wages record.

9. Full-time employees

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

10. Part-time employees

10.1 An employer may employ part-time employees in any classification in this award.

10.2 A part-time employee:

      (a) works less than 38 hours per week;

      (b) has reasonably predictable hours of work;and

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

10.3 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:

      (a) the hours worked each day;

      (b) which days of the week the employee will work;and

      (c) the actual starting and finishing times each day.

10.4 Any variation to the hours of work in clause 10.3 must be by agreement between the employer and the part-time employee and recorded in writing.

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

10.6 All time worked in excess of the hours as agreed under clause 10.3 or varied under clause 10.4 will be overtime and paid for at the rates prescribed in clause 20Overtime.

10.7 A part-time employee employed under the provisions of clause 10 must be paid for ordinary hours worked at the minimum hourly rate in clause 15Minimum rates,for the work performed.

11. Casual employees

[Varied by PR733866]

[11.1 deleted by PR733866 from 27Sep21]

11.1 Casual loading

[11.2 renumbered as 11.1 by PR733866 from 27Sep21]

      Casual employees will be paid,in addition to the minimum hourly rate and rates payable for shift and weekend work on the same basis as a full-time employee,an additional loading of 25% of the minimum hourly rate for the classification in which they are employed as compensation instead of paid leave under this award and the NES.

11.2 Penalties and overtime

[11.3 renumbered as 11.2 by PR733866 from 27Sep21]

      Penalties (including public holiday penalties) and overtime for casual employees will be calculated on the minimum hourly rate for the classification in which they are employed exclusive of the casual loading.

[11.4 renumbered as 11.3 by PR733866 from 27Sep21]

11.3 A casual employee must be engaged and paid for at least 2 consecutive hours of work on each occasion they are required to attend work.

11.4 Offers and requests for casual conversion

[11.5 renumbered as 11.4 and renamed and substituted by PR733866 from 27Sep21]

      Offers and requests for conversion from casual employment to full-time or part-time employment are provided for in the NES.

      NOTE:Disputes about offers and requests for casual conversion under the NES are to be dealt with under clause 30Dispute resolution.

12. Classifications

12.1 All employees covered by this award must be classified according to the level structure set out in Schedule A—Classification Definitions.

12.2 Employers must advise their employees in writing of their classification level on commencement of employment and of any subsequent changes to their classification level. The classification level must be determined by the employer according to the skill level or levels required to be exercised by the employee in order to carry out the principal functions of their employment.

Part 3—Hours of Work

13. Ordinary hours of work and rostering

14. Breaks—day workers

13. Ordinary hours of work and rostering

13.1 For the purpose of the NES,the ordinary hours of work under this award are 38 per week.

13.2 Day workers

      (a) The ordinary working hours for all day workers are an average of 38 hours per week over a period of 28 days.

      (b) Span of hours

        Ordinary hours will be worked within the span of 6.00 am to 6.00 pm Monday to Friday.

      (c) Altering the span of hours

        (i) The span of hours in clause 13.2(b) may be altered by up to 2 hours at either end of the span by agreement between the employer and affected employee(s).

        (ii) The span may not be altered to be greater than 12 hours.

        (iii) Examples of circumstances in which the span may be varied include to allow for seasonal variations,workplace health and safety,personal needs of employee(s) or the genuine operational requirements of a particular project.

      (d) Maximum ordinary hours in one day

        (i) An employee may work up to a maximum of 10 ordinary hours on any day (excluding unpaid meal breaks).

        (ii) A maximum of up to 12 ordinary hours may be worked on any day by agreement between the employer and employee.

      (e) Subject to clauses 13.2(a),13.2(b) and 13.2(d) the times when ordinary hours are worked by day workers are at the discretion of the employer and may include:

        (i) a 10 day fortnight—7.6 hours per day;or

        (ii) a 9 day fortnight—8 hours and 20 minutes per day with a rostered day off.

      (f) If a rostered day off for a day worker falls on a public holiday as prescribed in the NES,the next working day will be substituted. Another day may be substituted by written agreement.

14. Breaks—day workers

14.1 An employee who is a day worker will not be required to work more than 5 hours without an unpaid meal break of at least 30 minutes.

14.2 In the case of unforeseen circumstances,the meal break may be delayed and will be taken as soon as practicable,subject to the observance of appropriate health and safety standards.

14.3 Paid morning and afternoon tea breaks of 7.5 minutes each will be allowed to day workers.

Part 4—Wages and Allowances

15. Minimum rates

16. Payment of wages

17. Annualised wage arrangements

18. Allowances

19. Superannuation

15. Minimum rates

[Varied by PR718931,PR720159,PR723827,PR729375,PR733866]

[15.1 varied by PR718931,PR729375 ppc 01Jul21]

15.1 Adult employee rates

      An employer must pay an adult employee the following minimum rate of pay applicable to the employee’s classification for their ordinary hours:

    Employee classifications

    Minimum weekly rate

    (full-time employee)

    Minimum hourly rate

     

    $

    $

    Level 1

    826.00

    21.74

    Level 2

    853.60

    22.46

    Level 3

    886.50

    23.33

    Level 4

    899.50

    23.67

    Level 5

    955.90

    25.16

    Level 6

    1034.50

    27.22

    Level 7

    1052.40

    27.69

    Level 8

    1137.20

    29.93

    Level 9

    1216.50

    32.01

    Level 10

    1329.60

    34.99

15.2 Junior employee rates

      Junior employees will be paid the following percentage of the appropriate wage rate set out in clause 15.1 as follows:

    Age

    %

    Under 17

    55

    17 years

    65

    18 years

    75

    19 years

    85

    20 years

    95

    21 years and over

    100

15.3 Apprentice minimum rates

      (a) The terms of this award apply to apprentices,except where otherwise provided. For school-based apprentices,see Schedule D—School-based Apprentices.

      (b) The minimum weekly rates for apprentices who commenced their apprenticeship before 1 January 2014 are as follows:

        (i) 4 year apprenticeships

        Year

        % of Level 4 weekly rate

        1st year

        45

        2nd year

        60

        3rd year

        75

        4th year

        90

        (ii) 3 year apprenticeships

        Year

        % of Level 4 weekly rate

        1st year

        45

        2nd year

        70

        3rd year

        90

      (c) The minimum weekly rates for apprentices who commenced a 4 year apprenticeship on or after 1 January 2014 are as follows:

      Year

      Have not completed year 12

      Have completed year 12

       

      % of Level 4 weekly rate

      1st year

      50

      55

      2nd year

      60

      65

      3rd year

      75

      75

      4th year

      90

      90

      (d) The minimum weekly rates for apprentices who commenced a 3 year apprenticeship on or after 1 January 2014 are as follows:

      Year

      Have not completed year 12

      Have completed year 12

       

      % of Level 4 weekly rate

      1st year

      50

      55

      2nd year

      70

      70

      3rd year

      90

      90

      (e) An adult apprentice will be paid no less than the minimum weekly rate for Level 2 in clause 15.1 or the relevant rate prescribed by clauses 15.3(c) or 15.3(d) for the relevant year of the apprenticeship,whichever is the greater.

[15.3(f) varied by PR733866 from 27Sep21]

      (f) A person employed by an employer under this award immediately prior to entering into a training agreement as an adult apprentice with that employer must not suffer a reduction in their minimum wage by virtue of entering into the training agreement,provided that the person has been an employee in that enterprise for at least 6 months as a full-time employee or 12 months as a part-time or regular casual employee immediately prior to commencing the apprenticeship. For the purpose only of fixing a minimum wage,the adult apprentice must continue to receive the minimum wage that applies to the classification specified in clause 15.1 in which the adult apprentice was engaged immediately prior to entering into the training agreement.

      (g) Where an apprentice is required to attend block release training for training identified in or associated with their training contract,and such training requires an overnight stay,the employer must pay for the excess reasonable travel costs incurred by the apprentice in the course of travelling to and from the training. Clause 15.3(g) will not apply where the apprentice could attend an alternative Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and the use of the more distant RTO is not agreed between the employer and the apprentice.

      (h) For the purposes of clause 15.3(g),excess reasonable travel costs include the total costs of reasonable transportation (including transportation of tools where required),accommodation costs incurred while travelling (where necessary) and reasonable expenses incurred while travelling,including meals,which exceed those incurred in travelling to and from work. For the purposes of clause 15.3(g),excess travel costs do not include payment for travelling time or expenses incurred while not travelling to and from block release training.

      (i) The amount payable by an employer under clause 15.3(g) may be reduced by an amount the apprentice is eligible to receive for travel costs to attend block release training under a Government apprentice assistance scheme. This will only apply if an apprentice has either received the assistance or their employer has advised them in writing of the availability of the assistance.

      (j) All training fees charged by an RTO for prescribed courses and the cost of all prescribed textbooks (excluding those textbooks which are available in the employer’s technical library) for the apprenticeship,which are paid by an apprentice,will be reimbursed by the employer within 6 months of the commencement of the apprenticeship or the relevant stage of the apprenticeship,or within 3 months of the commencement of the training provided by the RTO,whichever is the later,unless there is unsatisfactory progress.

      (k) An employer may meet its obligations under clause 15.3(j) by paying any fees and/or cost of textbooks directly to the RTO.

      (l) An apprentice is entitled to be released from work without loss of continuity of employment and to payment of the appropriate wages to attend any training and assessment specified in,or associated with,the training contract.

      (m) Time spent by an apprentice in attending any training and/or assessment specified in,or associated with,the training contract is to be regarded as time worked for the employer for the purposes of calculating the apprentice’s wages and determining the apprentice’s employment conditions. Clause 15.3 operates subject to the provisions of Schedule D—School-based Apprentices.

      (n) No apprentice will,except in an emergency,work or be required to work overtime or shiftwork at times which would prevent their attendance at training consistent with their training contract.

15.4 Higher duties

      (a) An employee directed or appointed to relieve in a higher level position for more than one day will be paid at a level in accordance with the skills and experience required.

      (b) Higher duties will not be paid when the relieving employee is absent on leave or a public holiday.

15.5 School-based apprentices

15.6 Supported wage system

15.7 National training wage

[15.7(a) varied by PR720159 ppc 18Jun20]

      (a) Schedule E to the Miscellaneous Award 2020 sets out minimum wage rates and conditions for employees undertaking traineeships.

[15.7(b) varied by PR720159 ppc 18Jun20,PR723827,PR729375 ppc 01Jul21]

[15.7(c) inserted by PR718931;deleted by PR723827 ppc 01Nov20]

16. 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.

16.1 At the employer’s discretion,employees will be paid weekly,fortnightly or as otherwise agreed by electronic funds transfer into the employee’s nominated account or other agreed method.

16.2 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 16.2(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 16.2(b) allows the Commission to make an order delaying the requirement to make a payment under clause 16.2. 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.

17. Annualised wage arrangements

[17—Annualised salaries renamed and substituted by PR716608 ppc 01Mar20]

17.1 The following provisions are to apply to employees employed in classification
Levels 9 and 10 in accordance with Schedule A of this award.

17.2 Annualised wage instead of award provisions

      (a) An employer may pay a full-time employee an annualised wage in satisfaction,subject to clause 17.2(c),of any or all of the following provisions of the award:

      (b) Where an annualised wage is paid the employer must advise the employee in writing,and keep a record of:

        (i) the annualised wage that is payable;

        (ii) which of the provisions of this award will be satisfied by payment of the annualised wage;

        (iii) the method by which the annualised wage has been calculated,including specification of each separate component of the annualised wage and any overtime or penalty assumptions used in the calculation;and

        (iv) the outer limit number of ordinary hours which would attract the payment of a penalty rate under the award and the outer limit number of overtime hours which the employee may be required to work in a pay period or roster cycle without being entitled to an amount in excess of the annualised wage in accordance with clause 17.2(c).

      (c) If in a pay period or roster cycle an employee works any hours in excess of either of the outer limit amounts specified pursuant to clause 17.2(b)(iv),such hours will not be covered by the annualised wage and must separately be paid for in accordance with the applicable provisions of this award.

17.3 Annualised wage not to disadvantage employees

      (a) The annualised wage must be no less than the amount the employee would have received under this award for the work performed over the year for which the wage is paid (or if the employment ceases earlier over such lesser period as has been worked).

      (b) The employer must each 12 months from the commencement of the annualised wage arrangement or upon the termination of employment of the employee calculate the amount of remuneration that would have been payable to the employee under the provisions of this award over the relevant period and compare it to the amount of the annualised wage actually paid to the employee. Where the latter amount is less than the former amount,the employer shall pay the employee the amount of the shortfall within 14 days.

      (c) The employer must keep a record of the starting and finishing times of work,and any unpaid breaks taken,of each employee subject to an annualised wage arrangement for the purpose of undertaking the comparison required by clause 17.3(b). This record must be signed by the employee,or acknowledged as correct in writing (including by electronic means) by the employee,each pay period or roster cycle.

17.4 Base rate of pay for employees on annualised wage arrangements 

      For the purposes of the NES,the base rate of pay of an employee receiving an annualised wage under this clause comprises the portion of the annualised wage equivalent to the relevant rate of pay in clause 15Minimum rates and excludes any incentive-based payments,bonuses,loadings,monetary allowances,overtime and penalties.

18. Allowances

[Varied by PR718931,PR719083,PR729375,PR729556]

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 Employers must pay to an employee the allowances the employee is entitled to under clause 18.

18.2 Wage-related allowances

      (a) Leading hand allowance

[18.2(a) varied by PR718931,PR729375 ppc 01Jul21]

        An employee at Level 3,4 or 5 who is required by the employer to supervise other employees will be paid an allowance in addition to their classification rate of pay as follows:

      Supervisor’s classification level

      Number of employees supervised

      $ per week

      3 or 4

      1 to 5

      26.04

      3 or 4

      6 to 15

      35.51

      3,4 or 5

      Over 15

      44.97

        NOTE: The Level 1 and Level 2 classifications do not involve the supervision of other employees.

      (b) First aid allowance

[18.2(b)(i) varied by PR718931,PR729375 ppc 01Jul21]

        (i) Where an employee who holds an appropriate first aid qualification is appointed by the employer to perform first aid duty they will be paid an additional allowance of $15.39 per week.

        (ii) The first aid allowance will not be paid where an employee holds a position that requires them to hold a first aid certificate.

      (c) Adverse working conditions

        (i) Operational and trade employees engaged in Levels 1 to 5 of this award will be paid an additional hourly allowance at the rate specified in clause 18.2(c)(ii) for all time worked by direction under adverse working conditions as defined in clause 18.2(d). In all cases,in addition to the payment of this allowance,the employer will supply all appropriate protective clothing and equipment for working in the particular adverse conditions.

[18.2(c)(ii) varied by PR718931,PR729375 ppc 01Jul21]

        (ii) An employee will be paid an additional hourly allowance for each hour in which work under adverse working conditions is performed as follows:

        ●Level 1 working conditions—$0.83 per hour;

        ●Level 2 working conditions—$1.18 per hour;or

        ●Level 3 working conditions—$11.84 per hour.

        (iii) An employer may make an average payment equivalent to an agreed number of hours per week,where the employee is regularly required to work under adverse working conditions as defined in clause 18.2(d).

        (iv) Adverse working conditions allowances are not payable during periods of leave.

      (d) Adverse working conditions definitions

        (i) Level 1 working conditions

          The Level 1 working conditions allowance compensates for all adverse conditions associated with working outdoors and/or for moderately obnoxious,offensive or dirty working conditions including:

        ●working in confined or cramped spaces;

        ●working in wet places (other than places wet by sewerage) including standing in water;

        ●working in hot places where temperatures are artificially raised above 45 degrees Celsius;

        ●working in dusty,muddy or dirty conditions;

        ●cleaning of toilets;

        ●operating mechanical and pneumatic equipment;or

        ●handling or use of herbicides,insecticides and/or other poisonous or toxic substances.

        (ii) Level 2 working conditions

          The Level 2 working conditions allowance compensates for the nature of highly obnoxious,offensive or dirty work,which typically includes:

        ●clearing of sewer chokes;

        ●maintenance,connections to and/or repair of sewerage equipment;

        ●handling infected materials;

        ●cleaning septic tanks,septic closets and/or chemical closets by mechanical means;or

        ●collection,removal and/or disposal of,sludge from cess pits and/or grease traps.

        (iii) Level 3 working conditions

          The Level 3 working conditions allowance compensates for the nature of extremely obnoxious,offensive or dirty work in septic and sewerage treatment services,which typically includes:

        ●working in digestion tanks at sewerage treatment works;

        ●entering and cleaning aeration ponds or wet wells at sewer pump stations;

        ●working in live sewers;or

        ●cleaning septic tanks,septic closets and/or chemical closets other than by mechanical means.

      (e) Normal starting point—Transfers,travelling and working away from normal starting point

        (i) Normal starting point means a workshop,depot,office,treatment plant or facility to which the employee is usually assigned or any other designated starting and/or finishing point.

        (ii) Upon engagement all employees will be given a starting point which will be the commencement point of their daily work activities.

        (iii) Unless otherwise provided,each employee will be attached to one normal starting point only.

        (iv) An employee may be transferred to another normal starting point at any time by the giving of reasonable notice.

[18.2(e)(v) varied by PR718931,PR729375 ppc 01Jul21]

        (v) At the direction of the employer,an employee who is either provided with an appropriate vehicle or transport,or paid a daily allowance of $11.84 instead of fares and travelling time,may be required to commence and/or finish work at any location within a region specified by the employer in which the employer operates or maintains a water and/or sewerage and/or waste water service,and where multiple starting points form part of the nature of the work being performed.

18.3 Expense-related allowances

      (a) Meal allowance in relation to overtime

[18.3(a)(i) varied by PR719083,PR729556 ppc 01Jul21]

        (i) Where the employer requires an employee to work more than 2 hours of overtime or more than 10 continuous hours on any one day,excluding unpaid meal breaks,the employee will be paid a meal allowance of $19.57.

[18.3(a)(ii) varied by PR719083,PR729556 ppc 01Jul21]

        (ii) Where the employer requires the employee to continue working,for a further 4 hours of continuous overtime work,the employee will be paid an additional meal allowance of $12.42.

        (iii) A meal allowance is not payable where the employee has been notified in advance of the requirement to work overtime or where a meal is provided by the employer.

      (b) Vehicle allowance

[18.3(b)(i) varied by PR719083 ppc 01Jul20]

        (i) Where an employer requires an employee to use their own vehicle in or in connection with the performance of their duties,the employee will be paid an allowance for each kilometre of authorised travel as follows:

        ●motor vehicle—$0.80 per kilometre;or

        ●motorcycle—$0.27 per kilometre.

        (ii) An employer may require an employee to record full details of all such official travel requirements in a log book.

      (c) Excess travelling time and fares—Transfers,travelling and working away from normal starting point

        (i) Where an employer requires an employee,other than a casual employee,to start work at a place away from the employee’s normal starting point the employer will pay the employee:

        ●excess travelling time at the rate for the ordinary hours worked on that day;and

        ●excess fares incurred by the employee.

        (ii) For the purpose of clause 18.3(c):

        ●excess travelling time means all time reasonably spent by an employee reaching and/or returning from the job which is in excess of the time normally spent by the employee in travelling between the employee’s usual residence and the employee’s normal staring point.

        ●excess fares means any fares reasonably incurred by the employee that are in excess of fares normally incurred in travelling between the employee’s usual residence and the employee’s normal starting point.

        (iii) The excess fares allowance will not be paid where the employee is provided with a vehicle by the employer or is paid the allowance as provided in clause 18.3(b) or has an arrangement with the employer for a regular vehicle allowance in excess of the allowance provided in clause 18.3(b).

      (d) Reimbursement of expenses

        (i) All reasonable expenses incurred at the direction of the employer,including out-of-pocket expenses,accommodation,travelling expenses and the cost of special protective clothing (where such clothing is not provided by the employer),incurred in connection with the employee’s duties will be paid by the employer. Where practicable payment will be included in the next pay period.

        (ii) The method and mode of travelling or the vehicle to be supplied or used will be arranged mutually between the employer and the employee. Travelling arrangements will be agreed between the employer and the employee in advance.

        (iii) The employer may require the employee to present proof of payment prior to the reimbursement.

      (e) Tool allowance—tradespersons and apprentices

[18.3(e)(i) varied by PR719083,PR729556 ppc 01Jul21]

        (i) Where the employer requires a tradesperson or an apprentice tradesperson to supply and maintain tools ordinarily required by the employee in the performance of their duties as a tradesperson,the employee will be paid an additional weekly allowance of $19.96.

        (ii) This provision will not apply where the employer provides the tradesperson or apprentice with the required tools or while employees are absent from work.

19. Superannuation

19.1 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.

19.2 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.

19.3 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 19.2.

      (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 19.3(a) or (b) no later than 28 days after the end of the month in which the deduction authorised under clauses 19.3(a) or (b) was made.

19.4 Superannuation fund

      Unless,to comply with superannuation legislation,the employer is required to make the superannuation contributions provided for in clause 19.2 to another superannuation fund that is chosen by the employee,the employer must make the superannuation contributions provided for in clause 19.2 and pay the amount authorised under clauses 19.3(a) or 19.3(b) to one of the following superannuation funds or its successor:

      (a) Equipsuper;

      (b) First State Super;

      (c) LGsuper;

      (d) Local Government Superannuation Scheme (LGSS);

      (e) Quadrant Superannuation Scheme;

      (f) Vision Super;

      (g) WA Local Government Superannuation Plan;

      (h) City of Perth Superannuation Fund;

      (i) Local Super;

      (j) 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

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

19.5 Absence from work

      Subject to the governing rules of the relevant superannuation fund,the employer must also make the superannuation contributions provided for in clause 19.2 and pay the amount authorised under clauses 19.3(a) or 19.3(b):

      (a) Paid leave—while the employee is on any paid leave;

      (b) Work-related injury or illness—in respect of any employee entitled to accident pay for the period of absence from work of the employee due to work-related injury or work-related illness provided that:

        (i) the employee is receiving workers compensation payments or is receiving regular payments directly from the employer in accordance with the statutory requirements;and

        (ii) the employee remains employed by the employer.

Part 5—Overtime,Shiftwork and Penalty Rates

20. Overtime

21. Shiftwork

20. Overtime

[Varied by PR718931,PR723991,PR729375]

20.1 Unless otherwise provided,overtime means all work performed at the direction of the employer:

      (a) by day workers—outside of the daily span of hours specified in clause 13.2(b) or in excess of the maximum ordinary hours on any day as provided for in clause 13.2(d);

      (b) by shiftworkers—in excess of the hours for any day or shift in a roster prepared in accordance with clause 21Shiftwork;or

      (c) in excess of an employee’s ordinary hours calculated by reference to the period over which the employee’s ordinary hours are averaged to the extent that such extra work does not already attract overtime under clauses 20.1(a) or 20.1(b).

20.2 Payment for overtime

      (a) Overtime worked on Monday to Saturday will be paid at 150% of the minimum hourly rate for the first 2 hours and 200% of the minimum hourly rate after 2 hours except as otherwise provided.

      (b) Overtime worked on a Sunday will be paid at 200% of the minimum hourly rate.

      (c) The minimum engagement for an employee working on Saturday or Sunday is 3 hours or payment for 3 hours at the appropriate overtime rate.

      (d) Overtime worked on a public holiday will be paid at 250% of the minimum hourly rate.

      (e) The payment for overtime rates provided in clause 20.2 is calculated on the employee’s minimum hourly rate.

[New 20.2(f) inserted by PR723991 ppc 20Nov20]

      (f) The casual loading prescribed by clause 11.1 will not be paid for overtime hours worked.

[20.2(f) renumbered as 20.2(g) PR723991 ppc 20Nov20]

      (g) In calculating overtime,each day’s work stands alone.

20.3 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 20.3.

      (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 20.3(c)(iii) must be made in the next pay period following the request.

        NOTE: An example of the type of agreement required by clause 20.3 is set out at Schedule F—Agreement for Time Off Instead of Payment for Overtime. There is no requirement to use the form of agreement set out at Schedule F—Agreement for Time Off Instead of Payment for Overtime. An agreement under clause 20.3 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 20.3 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 20.3 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 20.3(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 20.3 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 20.3 will apply,including the requirement for separate written agreements under clause 20.3(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 20.3 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 20.3.

20.4 Rest period after overtime

      (a) Wherever reasonably practicable,working hours should be arranged so that an employee has at least 10 consecutive hours off duty between the work on successive days or shifts.

      (b) An employee,other than a casual employee,who works so much overtime between finishing work on one day and starting work on the next day that the employee has not had at least 10 consecutive hours off duty must be released until the employee has had 10 consecutive hours off duty without loss of pay for ordinary hours occurring during the 10 hour rest period.

      (c) If,on the instructions of the employer,an employee resumes or continues work without having had the 10 consecutive hours off,the employee must be paid 200% of the minimum hourly rate until the employee is released from duty for 10 hours. The employee is then entitled to be absent until the employee has had 10 consecutive hours off duty without loss of pay for ordinary hours occurring during the absence.

      (d) Clause 20.4 will not apply where an employee works for less than 3 hours on-call,call-back or remote response on any one day in accordance with clauses 20.5 or 20.6.

20.5 Call-back

      (a) An employee will be deemed to be on a call-back if the employee is recalled to work overtime after leaving the employer’s premises or worksite and without receiving prior notice of the requirement to work overtime before ceasing work. Provided that employees will be deemed not to be on-call-back where the employee works such overtime continuous with the employee’s ordinary hours.

      (b) Any employee,who is called back to work as specified in clause 20.5(a),will be paid for a minimum of 4 hours’work at the appropriate overtime rate on each occasion the employee is called back. Any further call-backs occurring within a 4 hour period of a call-back will not attract any additional payment. An employee working on a call-back will be paid the appropriate overtime rate from the time the employee departs for work.

      (c) Except in the case of unforeseen circumstances arising,the employee will not be required to work the full 4 hours if the job that the employee was recalled to perform is completed within a shorter period. Clause 20.5 will not apply in cases where the call-back is continuous,subject to a reasonable meal break,with the commencement of ordinary hours.

20.6 On-call

      (a) An employee directed by the employer to be available for duty outside of the employee’s ordinary working hours will be on-call. An employee on-call must be able to be contacted and immediately respond to a request to attend work.

      (b) On-call allowance

        Where an employee is on-call,the employee will be paid an on-call allowance each day equivalent to:

[20.6(b)(i) varied by PR718931,PR729375 ppc 01Jul21]

        (i) $35.51 per day if required to be on-call on a weekday;

[20.6(b)(ii) varied by PR718931,PR729375 ppc 01Jul21]

        (ii) $47.34 per day if required to be on-call on a Saturday;or

[20.6(b)(iii) varied by PR718931,PR729375 ppc 01Jul21]

        (iii) $59.18 per day if required to be on-call on a Sunday or public holiday.

      (c) Call out

        An employee who is on-call and in receipt of an on-call allowance will be paid at the appropriate overtime rate for time worked on a call out. Time worked will be calculated from the time the employee leaves home.

      (d) Remote response

        An employee who is in receipt of an on-call allowance and available to immediately:

        (i) respond to phone calls or messages;

        (ii) provide advice (‘phone fixes’);

        (iii) arrange call out/rosters of other employees;and

        (iv) remotely monitor and/or address issues by remote telephone and/or computer access,

        will be paid the applicable overtime rate for the time actually taken in dealing with each particular matter.

      (e) An employee remotely responding may be required to maintain and provide to the employer a time sheet of the length of time taken in dealing with each matter remotely for each day commencing from the first remote response. The total overtime paid to an employee for all time remotely responding in any day commencing from the first response will be rounded up to the nearest 15 minutes.

21. Shiftwork

21.1 A shiftworker’s roster cycle will provide for an average of 38 ordinary hours over a period of up to 8 weeks.

21.2 A roster for full-time and part-time employees showing normal starting and finishing times of each employee will be prepared by the employer and posted in an obvious place,accessible or made available electronically to the employees concerned.

21.3 The following conditions apply to the preparation of rosters:

      (a) the roster must specify shift starting and finishing times and where time rostered is overtime;

      (b) subject to clause 21.4,shifts must not exceed 10 hours in length (including crib time which will be counted as time worked) and an employee must not be rostered to work more than 8 shifts in any 9 day period;

      (c) except at the regular changeover of shifts,an employee must not be rostered to work more than one shift in each 24 hours;and

      (d) a shiftworker must have a minimum break of 10 hours between shifts.

21.4 An employer may implement 12 hour shifts as part of a 2 shift,24 hour continuous roster but an employee must not be rostered for more than five 12 hour shifts in any 9 day period.

21.5 Subject to clauses 21.6,21.7 and 21.8,an employer must not change the structure of a roster or implement a new roster unless:

21.6 Where practicable,2 weeks’notice of rostered days off should be given provided that the days off may be changed by agreement or due to sickness or other cause over which the employer has no control.

21.7 An employer may require an employee to work a different shift or shift roster by giving 48 hours’notice or such shorter period as is agreed or as operational circumstances reasonably require.

21.8 Subject to the approval of the employer,employees may,by agreement,exchange shifts and days off. In these circumstances pay will be as if the work had proceeded according to the roster.

21.9 Breaks—shiftworkers

      (a) A shiftworker working a shift of less than 10 hours will be entitled to a crib break of 20 minutes which will count as time worked.

      (b) A shiftworker working a shift of 10 hours or longer will be entitled to crib breaks totalling 30 minutes which will count as time worked.

      (c) Breaks for all employees will be scheduled by the employer based upon operational requirements to ensure continuity of operations. The employer will not require an employee to work more than 5 hours before the first crib break is taken or between subsequent crib breaks,if any.

      (d) If at the direction of the employer an employee is required to work during the normal crib break,then until a crib break is allowed the employee will be paid at 150% of their ordinary rate.

      (e) An employee may take a paid rest break of 20 minutes after each 4 hours of overtime worked,if the employee is required to continue to work after the rest break.

21.10 Shiftwork penalties

      (a) Shiftwork penalties apply to an employee who is employed as a shiftworker and works according to a pre-determined roster or working pattern which provides coverage for more than one shift per day and beyond the span of hours in clause 13.2(b).

      (b) Shiftwork penalty rates

        (i) 115% of the minimum hourly rate for ordinary time worked on a rostered afternoon shift;and

        (ii) 130% of the minimum hourly rate for ordinary time worked on a rostered night shift.

Part 6—Leave and Public Holidays

22. Annual leave

23. Personal/carer’s leave and compassionate leave

24. Parental leave

25. Community service leave

26. Unpaid family and domestic violence leave

27. Public holidays

22. Annual leave

22.1 Annual leave is provided for in the NES. Clause 22 supplements or deals with matters incidental to the NES provisions.

22.2 Shiftworkers for the purposes of the NES

      For the purpose of the NES,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.

22.3 Annual leave loading

      (a) An employee will be paid an annual leave loading of 17.5% calculated on the employee’s base rate of pay in addition to payment for annual leave.

      (b) Annual leave loading will,at the discretion of the employer,be paid in any of the following ways:

        (i) on the anniversary date of employment;

        (ii) on the same date each year as determined by the employer;or

        (iii) when taking annual leave.

22.4 Annual close-down

      An employer may require an employee to take annual leave by giving at least 4 weeks’notice as part of a close-down of its operations.

22.5 Excessive leave accruals:general provision

      NOTE: Clauses 22.5 to 22.7 contain provisions,additional to the 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 8 weeks’paid annual leave (or 10 weeks’paid annual leave for a shiftworker,as defined by clause 22.2).

      (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 22.6 sets out how an employer may direct an employee who has an excessive leave accrual to take paid annual leave.

      (d) Clause 22.7 sets out how an employee who has an excessive leave accrual may require an employer to grant paid annual leave requested by the employee.

22.6 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 22.5(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 22.6(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 22.5,22.6 or 22.7 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 22.6(a) that is in effect.

      (d) An employee to whom a direction has been given under clause 22.6(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 22.6(d) may result in the direction ceasing to have effect. See clause 22.6(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.

22.7 Excessive leave accruals:request by employee for leave

      (a) If an employee has genuinely tried to reach agreement with an employer under clause 22.5(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 22.7(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 22.6(a) that,when any other paid annual leave arrangements (whether made under clause 22.5,22.6 or 22.7 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 22.7(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 22.5,22.6 or 22.7 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 22.7(a) more than 4 weeks’paid annual leave (or 5 weeks’paid annual leave for a shiftworker,as defined by clause 22.2) in any period of 12 months.

      (e) The employer must grant paid annual leave requested by a notice under clause 22.7(a).

22.8 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 22.8 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 22.8,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.

22.9 Cashing out of annual leave

      (a) Paid annual leave must not be cashed out except in accordance with an agreement under clause 22.9.

      (b) Each cashing out of a particular amount of paid annual leave must be the subject of a separate agreement under clause 22.9.

      (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 22.9 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 22.9 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 22.9 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 22.9.

      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 22.9.

      NOTE 3: An example of the type of agreement required by clause 22.9 is set out at Schedule H—Agreement to Cash Out Annual Leave. There is no requirement to use the form of agreement set out at Schedule H—Agreement to Cash Out Annual Leave.

23. Personal/carer’s leave and compassionate leave

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

24. Parental leave

Parental leave is provided for in the NES.

25. Community service leave

Community service leave is provided for in the NES.

26. 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.

27. Public holidays

27.1 Public holidays are provided for in the NES.

27.2 Notwithstanding any other provision in this award,where an employee is required to work on a public holiday they will be paid 250% of the minimum hourly rate for all hours worked.

27.3 An employer and employee may agree to substitute a public holiday as provided by the NES with an alternative day.

27.4 When a holiday occurs on a day on which an employee is rostered off while employed on a 7 day a week rotating roster system,the employee will be paid a day’s pay at ordinary rates in addition to the ordinary week’s pay. The employer may instead of making such additional payment,grant a day’s leave for each such holiday which may be taken at such time as is agreed between the employer and the employee.

27.5 Part-day public holidays

Part 7—Consultation and Dispute Resolution

28. Consultation about major workplace change

29. Consultation about changes to rosters or hours of work

30. Dispute resolution

28. Consultation about major workplace change

28.1 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.

28.2 For the purposes of the discussion under clause 28.1(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.

28.3 Clause 28.2 does not require an employer to disclose any confidential information if its disclosure would be contrary to the employer’s interests.

28.4 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 28.1(b).

28.5 In clause 28 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.

28.6 Where this award makes provision for alteration of any of the matters defined at clause 28.5,such alteration is taken not to have significant effect.

29. Consultation about changes to rosters or hours of work

29.1 Clause 29 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.

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

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

      (a) provide to the employees and representatives mentioned in clause 29.2 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.

29.4 The employer must consider any views given under clause 29.3(b).

29.5 Clause 29 is to be read in conjunction with any other provisions of this award concerning the scheduling of work or the giving of notice.

30. Dispute resolution

30.1 Clause 30 sets out the procedures to be followed if a dispute arises about a matter under this award or in relation to the NES.

30.2 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.

30.3 If the dispute is not resolved through discussion as mentioned in clause 30.2,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.

30.4 If the dispute is unable to be resolved at the workplace and all appropriate steps have been taken under clauses 30.2 and 30.3,a party to the dispute may refer it to the Fair Work Commission.

30.5 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.

30.6 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.

30.7 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 30.

30.8 While procedures are being followed under clause 30 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.

30.9 Clause 30.8 is subject to any applicable work health and safety legislation.

Part 8—Termination of Employment and Redundancy

31. Termination of employment

32. Redundancy

31. Termination of employment

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

31.1 Notice of termination by an employee

      (a) Clause 31.1 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 31.1(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 31.1(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 31.1(b),then no deduction can be made under clause 31.1(e).

      (f) Any deduction made under clause 31.1(e) must not be unreasonable in the circumstances.

31.2 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 31.2 is to be taken at times that are convenient to the employee after consultation with the employer.

32. Redundancy

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

32.1 Transfer to lower paid duties on redundancy

      (a) Clause 32.1 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 32.1(c).

      (c) If the employer acts as mentioned in clause 32.1(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.

32.2 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 32 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.

32.3 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 32.3(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 32.3(b).

      (d) An employee who fails to produce proof when required under clause 32.3(b) is not entitled to be paid for the time off.

      (e) This entitlement applies instead of clause 31.2.

Schedule A—Classification Definitions

This award structure consists of skill-based classifications defined according to the following skill descriptors. Various positions may also require employees to hold and maintain appropriate licences,certificates and/or tickets for the operation of machinery,plant and/or tools.

A.1 Level 1

Level 1 covers entry level for operational employees with minimal experience and qualifications.

A.1.1 Authority and accountability: Completion of generic and basic tasks involving the utilisation of basic skills under established practices and procedures. Individual or team work is closely monitored under direct supervision.

A.1.2 Judgment and problem solving: Judgment is minimal and work activities include routine and clearly defined work which is co-ordinated by other employees. The tasks to be performed may involve the use of a basic range of tools,techniques and methods within a limited range of work.

A.1.3 Specialist knowledge and skills: Job specific knowledge and skill are obtained through on-the-job training and workplace-based induction training.

A.1.4 Management skills: Not required at this level.

A.1.5 Interpersonal skills: Limited to basic communications with other staff and possibly with the public.

A.1.6 Qualifications and experience: An employee in this level will have commenced on-the-job training,which may include an induction course.

A.2 Level 2

Level 2 covers operational employees undertaking duties and responsibilities in excess of Level 1 with relevant water industry or equivalent experience.

A.2.1 Authority and accountability: Completion of basic tasks involving the utilisation of a range of basic skills under established practices and procedures. Work is monitored under supervision either individually or in a team environment.

A.2.2 Judgment and problem solving: Judgment is limited to the tasks to be performed and may involve the use of a limited range of tools,techniques and methods within a specified range of work. An employee may resolve minor problems that relate to immediate work tasks.

A.2.3 Specialist knowledge and skills: Obtained through on-the-job training and workplace induction training. May include off-the-job training through accredited short courses.

A.2.4 Management skills:Not required at this level.

A.2.5 Interpersonal skills: Limited to basic communications with other staff and possibly with the public.

A.2.6 Qualifications and experience: Completion of Year 10 and/or an appropriate labour market program or similar work/skills.

A.3 Level 3

Level 3 covers operational employees undertaking duties and responsibilities in excess of Level 2 and entry level administrative employees.

A.3.1 Authority and accountability: Responsible for completion of regularly occurring tasks with general guidance on a daily basis. May supervise work or provide on-the-job training,based on their skills and/or experience,to employees of the same or lower levels.

A.3.2 Judgment and problem solving: Personal judgment is required to follow pre-determined procedures where a choice between more than 2 options is present. Work performed falls within general guidelines but with scope to exercise discretion in the application of established practices and procedures.

A.3.3 Specialist knowledge and skills: Application of developed skills acquired through on-the-job training or accredited external training over a number of months. Positions may require demonstrated competence in administrative areas.

A.3.4 Management skills:Not required at this level.

A.3.5 Interpersonal skills:Employees at this level require communication skills to enable them to effectively communicate with clients,other employees and members of the public and in the resolution of minor matters.

A.3.6 Qualifications and experience: Qualifications or relevant experience in accordance with the requirements of work in this level,which may be acquired through a Certificate II or a non-trades Certificate III,however described.

A.4 Level 4

Level 4 covers operational and administrative employees undertaking duties and responsibilities in excess of Level 3 and is the entry level for technical and trades employees.

A.4.1 Authority and accountability: Work performed is within general guidelines. May supervise work or provide on-the-job training,based on their skills and/or experience,to employees of the same or lower levels. Responsible for leading employees in operational duties or the application of trades,administrative or technical skills.

A.4.2 Judgment and problem solving: The nature of the work is clearly defined with procedures well understood. Tasks performed may involve selection from a range of existing techniques,systems,equipment,methods or processes. Guidance is available from more senior staff.

A.4.3 Specialist knowledge and skills: Requires demonstrated competence in a number of key skill areas related to major elements of the job. Proficiency in the application of standardised procedures and practices. May also include the operation of tools,plant,machinery and/or equipment,in accordance with the requirements of the position. Performance of trades and non-trade tasks incidental to the work.

A.4.4 Management skills: Provide employees with on-the-job training,guidance and basic knowledge of workplace policies and procedures. Employees may lead small groups of employees at the ‘work face’.

A.4.5 Interpersonal skills: Employees at this level require effective communication skills to enable them to communicate with clients,other employees and members of the public and in the resolution of routine and usual matters.

A.4.6 Qualifications and experience: Qualifications or relevant experience in accordance with the requirements of work in this level which may be acquired through:

      (a) trade certificate or equivalent;

      (b) completion of accredited/industry-based training courses equivalent to a Certificate IV (non-trade);and/or

      (c) knowledge and skills gained through on-the-job training.

A.5 Level 5

Level 5 covers technical,administrative and trades employees undertaking duties and responsibilities in excess of Level 4.

A.5.1 Authority and accountability: The exercise of discretion within standard practices and processes and may involve the exercise of high precision occupational skills using various specialised techniques,systems,equipment,methods or processes. Positions provide local decisions,direction,leadership and on-the-job training to supervised employees or groups of employees.

A.5.2 Judgment and problem solving: Skills to solve problems which require assessment of a range of options having elements of complexity in reaching decisions and making recommendations. For supervisors,the work processes often requires the quantification of the amount of resources needed to meet those objectives. Assistance may be readily available from other staff in the work area in solving problems.

A.5.3 Specialist knowledge and skills: Specialist knowledge in a number of advanced skill areas relating to the more complex elements of post-trades or specialist disciplines either through formal training programs or on-the-job training.

A.5.4 Management skills: Provide employees with on-the-job training,guidance and basic knowledge of workplace policies and procedures. Employees may lead small groups of employees at the ‘work face’.

A.5.5 Interpersonal skills: Persuasive communication skills are required to participate in specialised discussions to resolve issues,including explaining policy to the public and/or others and reconciling different points of view.

A.5.6 Qualifications and experience: Positions require thorough working knowledge and experience of all work procedures for the application of technical,trades or administrative skills,based upon suitable certificate or post-certificate level qualifications which may include:

      (a) post-trade certificate and/or other post-secondary qualification below diploma or degree;or

      (b) extensive knowledge and skill gained through on-the-job training in accordance with the requirements of the work in this level.

A.6 Level 6

Level 6 covers administrative,technical or trades employees undertaking duties and responsibilities in excess of Level 5.

A.6.1 Authority and accountability: May be responsible for providing a specialised/technical service and for completing work with elements of complexity. May make internal and external recommendations which represent the employer to the public and/or other organisations. Employees are accountable for the quality,effectiveness,cost and timeliness of the programs,projects or work plans under their control and for safety and security of the assets being managed.

A.6.2 Judgment and problem solving: Judgment and problem solving skills are required where there is a lack of definition requiring analysis of a number of options. Typical judgments may require variation of work priorities and approaches;some creativity and originality may be required. Guidance and counsel may be available within the time available to make a choice.

A.6.3 Specialist knowledge and skills: Employees have advanced knowledge and skills in a number of areas where analysis of complex options is involved.

A.6.4 Management skills: May provide higher level supervision of groups of operational,administrative,trades or technical employees. Employees supervised may be in a number of different work areas,requiring motivation,monitoring,managing and co-ordination to achieve specific outputs. Positions may require an understanding and implementation of relevant employment policies and practices.

A.6.5 Interpersonal skills: Skills to communicate with employees in lower levels and the public. Employees in this level are expected to write detailed and non-standard reports and correspondences in their field of expertise.

A.6.6 Qualifications and experience: Positions require working knowledge and experience of all work procedures for the application of technical,trades or administrative skills in the most complex areas of the job and suitable qualifications,which may include:

      (a) diploma or advanced diploma;or

      (b) appropriate in-house training or equivalent.

A.7 Level 7

Level 7 covers specialist technical employees undertaking duties in excess of Level 6;and is the entry level for graduate professional employees.

A.7.1 Authority and accountability:Provides professional and/or specialist technical services to complete assignments or projects in consultation with other employees. May work with a team of employees requiring the review and approval of more complex elements of the work.

A.7.2 Judgment and problem solving:Problems require assessment of a range of options having elements of complexity in reaching decisions and making recommendations. Precedent is available from the employer’s internal sources,and assistance is usually available from other professional and/or specialist technical employees in the work area.

A.7.3 Specialist knowledge and skills: Positions require considerable knowledge and a level of skill in a specific area to resolve issues having elements of complexity which may not be clearly defined.

A.7.4 Management skills: Technical and administrative employees at this level may manage minor projects involving employees in lower levels and other resources. Graduate professional employees at this level are not expected to perform such management functions.

A.7.5 Interpersonal skills:Persuasive skills are required to participate in technical discussions to resolve problems,explain policy and reconcile viewpoints. Employees may write reports in the field of their expertise and/or prepare external correspondence.

A.7.6 Qualifications and experience: Skills and knowledge needed are beyond those normally acquired through the completion of secondary education alone and normally acquired through completion of a degree with little or no relevant work experience,or a diploma with considerable work experience.

A.8 Level 8

Level 8 covers professionals/specialists positions that provide both advisory and project management responsibilities in excess of Level 7. The positions in Level 8 generally have a major impact upon the day-to-day operations of a function,department or work area of the employer.

A.8.1 Authority and accountability: Provides a specialist service in the completion of work and/or projects which have elements of complexity (composed of many parts that may be more conceptual than definite).

A.8.2 Judgment and problem solving: Positions require the interpretation of information and development of suitable procedures to achieve satisfactory outcomes. The nature of the work is usually specialised with methods,procedures and processes developed from theory or precedent. Decision-making requires analysis of data to reach decisions and/or determine progress.

A.8.3 Specialist knowledge and skills: Positions require the application of extensive knowledge and a high level of skill in a specific area to resolve issues having elements of complexity.

A.8.4 Management skills:Technical employees at this level may manage more complex projects involving people and other resources. Professional employees at this level may manage minor projects involving employees in lower levels and other resources.

A.8.5 Interpersonal skills: Interpersonal skills in leading and motivating employees in different teams/locations may be required,as well as persuasive skills to resolve problems or provide specialised advice.

A.8.6 Qualifications and experience: Employees at this level supplement base level professional qualifications with additional skills training. Considerable practical experience or skills training is required to effectively control key elements of the job.

A.9 Level 9

Level 9 involves duties and responsibilities in excess of Level 8 and typically involves key specialists in a specific field and the undertaking of a management function. Level 9 also covers experienced professionals.

A.9.1 Authority and accountability: Accountable for the effective management of major sections or projects within their area of expertise. Provides a professional advisory role to people within or outside the employer on major areas of policy or on key issues of significance to the organisation. Such advice may commit the employer and have significant impact upon external parties dealing with the employer. The position’s influence would have an important role in the overall performance of the function.

A.9.2 Judgment and problem solving: Employees have a high level of independence and determine and/or oversee the framework for problem solving or set strategic plans. At this level,the position may represent management or the employer in the resolution of problems.

A.9.3 Specialist knowledge and skills: Positions require knowledge and skills for the direction and control of a key function of the employer or major functions within a department. Positions require expert knowledge and skills involving elements of creativity and innovation in addressing and resolving major issues.

A.9.4 Management skills: Employees may direct professional or other staff in the planning,implementation and review of major programs,as well as participating as a key member of a functional team. Positions at this level may also be required to manage staff,resolve operational problems and participate in a discrete management team to resolve key problems.

A.9.5 Interpersonal skills: Interpersonal skills in leading and motivating staff will be required at this level. Positions require the ability to persuade,convince or negotiate with staff,clients,members of the public,tribunals and persons in other organisations in the pursuit and achievement of specific and set objectives. Communication skills may be required to enable provision of key advice both within and outside the employer and to liaise with external bodies.

A.9.6 Qualifications and experience: Employees will have a relevant degree or equivalent with extensive practical experience.

A.10 Level 10

Level 10 positions can be described as those which have a management focus upon the attainment of operational and strategic objectives. This level includes senior managers who report to senior executive officers.

A.10.1 Authority and accountability: Makes determinative decisions and is accountable under delegated authority. Influences day-to-day and/or strategic direction of a department. May lead development and/or implementation of policy.

A.10.2 Judgment and problem solving: Resolution of problems,which requires analytic reasoning and integration of wide-ranging and complex information. High level of independence in determining direction and approach to issues.

A.10.3 Specialist knowledge and skills: Positions require the application of a range of specialist knowledge and skills,including relevant legislation,policies and other areas of precedent.

A.10.4 Management skills: Application of developed management skills to establish and/or monitor goals and objectives. Manage employees,budgets,work programs or major projects of the employer or a department utilising leadership,evaluation and monitoring skills to facilitate achievement of objectives. Ability to generate innovative approaches to more effectively deploy resources,meet changing circumstances and improve services.

A.10.5 Interpersonal skills: Employees at this level are required to use highly developed interpersonal skills to influence,persuade and/or motivate others to achieve objectives critical to the employer and to resolve conflict.

A.10.6 Qualifications and experience: Employees require a relevant degree or equivalent and management experience.

Schedule B—Summary of Hourly Rates of Pay

[Varied by PR718931,PR729375]

B.1 Full-time and part-time adult employees

B.1.1 Full-time and part-time adult day workers—ordinary and penalty rates

[B.1.1 varied by PR718931,PR729375 ppc 01Jul21]

     

    Ordinary hours

    Public holiday

     

    % of minimum hourly rate

     

    100%

    250%

     

    $

    $

    Level 1

    21.74

    54.35

    Level 2

    22.46

    56.15

    Level 3

    23.33

    58.33

    Level 4

    23.67

    59.18

    Level 5

    25.16

    62.90

    Level 6

    27.22

    68.05

    Level 7

    27.69

    69.23

    Level 8

    29.93

    74.83

    Level 9

    32.01

    80.03

    Level 10

    34.99

    87.48

B.1.2 Full-time and part-time adult shiftworkers—ordinary and penalty rates

[B.1.2 varied by PR718931,PR729375 ppc 01Jul21]

     

    Day shift

    Afternoon shift

    Night shift

    Public holiday

     

    % of minimum hourly rate

     

    100%

    115%

    130%

    250%

     

    $

    $

    $

    $

    Level 1

    21.74

    25.00

    28.26

    54.35

    Level 2

    22.46

    25.83

    29.20

    56.15

    Level 3

    23.33

    26.83

    30.33

    58.33

    Level 4

    23.67

    27.22

    30.77

    59.18

    Level 5

    25.16

    28.93

    32.71

    62.90

    Level 6

    27.22

    31.30

    35.39

    68.05

    Level 7

    27.69

    31.84

    36.00

    69.23

    Level 8

    29.93

    34.42

    38.91

    74.83

    Level 9

    32.01

    36.81

    41.61

    80.03

    Level 10

    34.99

    40.24

    45.49

    87.48

B.1.3 Full-time and part-time adult day workers and shiftworkers—overtime rates

[B.1.3 varied by PR718931,PR729375 ppc 01Jul21]

     

    Monday to Saturday –first 2 hours

    Monday to Saturday –after 2 hours

    Sunday

    Public holiday

     

    % of minimum hourly rate

     

    150%

    200%

    200%

    250%

     

    $

    $

    $

    $

    Level 1

    32.61

    43.48

    43.48

    54.35

    Level 2

    33.69

    44.92

    44.92

    56.15

    Level 3

    35.00

    46.66

    46.66

    58.33

    Level 4

    35.51

    47.34

    47.34

    59.18

    Level 5

    37.74

    50.32

    50.32

    62.90

    Level 6

    40.83

    54.44

    54.44

    68.05

    Level 7

    41.54

    55.38

    55.38

    69.23

    Level 8

    44.90

    59.86

    59.86

    74.83

    Level 9

    48.02

    64.02

    64.02

    80.03

    Level 10

    52.49

    69.98

    69.98

    87.48

B.2 Casual employees

B.2.1 Casual adult day workers—ordinary and penalty rates

[B.2.1 varied by PR718931,PR729375 ppc 01Jul21]

     

    Ordinary hours

    Public holiday

     

    % of minimum hourly rate

     

    125%

    275%

     

    $

    $

    Level 1

    27.18

    59.79

    Level 2

    28.08

    61.77

    Level 3

    29.16

    64.16

    Level 4

    29.59

    65.09

    Level 5

    31.45

    69.19

    Level 6

    34.03

    74.86

    Level 7

    34.61

    76.15

    Level 8

    37.41

    82.31

    Level 9

    40.01

    88.03

    Level 10

    43.74

    96.22

B.2.2 Casual adult shiftworkers—ordinary and penalty rates

[B.2.2 varied by PR718931,PR729375 ppc 01Jul21]

     

    Day shift

    Afternoon shift

    Night shift

    Public holiday

     

    % of minimum hourly rate

     

    125%

    140%

    155%

    275%

     

    $

    $

    $

    $

    Level 1

    27.18

    30.44

    33.70

    59.79

    Level 2

    28.08

    31.44

    34.81

    61.77

    Level 3

    29.16

    32.66

    36.16

    64.16

    Level 4

    29.59

    33.14

    36.69

    65.09

    Level 5

    31.45

    35.22

    39.00

    69.19

    Level 6

    34.03

    38.11

    42.19

    74.86

    Level 7

    34.61

    38.77

    42.92

    76.15

    Level 8

    37.41

    41.90

    46.39

    82.31

    Level 9

    40.01

    44.81

    49.62

    88.03

    Level 10

    43.74

    48.99

    54.23

    96.22

   

Schedule C—Summary of Monetary Allowances

[Varied by PR718931,PR729375,PR729556]

See clause 18Allowances for full details of allowances payable under this award.

C.1 Wage-related allowances:

[C.1.1 varied by PR718931,PR729375 ppc 01Jul21]

C.1.1 The wage-related allowances in this award are based on the standard rate as defined in Clause 2Definitions as the minimum hourly rate for a Level 4 employee in clause 15Minimum rates = $23.67.

    Allowance

    Clause

    % of standard rate

    $

    Payable

    Leading hand allowance—Supervisor level 3 or 4—supervising 1 to 5 employees

    18.2(a)

    110.0

    26.04

    per week

    Leading hand allowance—Supervisor level 3 or 4—supervising 6 to 15 employees

    18.2(a)

    150.0

    35.51

    per week

    Leading hand allowance—Supervisor level 3,4 or 5—supervising over 15 employees

    18.2(a)

    190.0

    44.97

    per week

    First aid allowance

    18.2(b)(i)

    65.0

    15.39

    per week

    Adverse working conditions allowance—Level 1

    18.2(c)(ii)

    3.5

    0.83

    per hour

    Adverse working conditions allowance—Level 2

    18.2(c)(ii)

    5.0

    1.18

    per hour

    Adverse working conditions allowance—Level 3

    18.2(c)(ii)

    50.0

    11.84

    per hour

    Transfers,travelling and working away from normal starting point

    18.2(e)(v)

    50.0

    11.84

    per day

    On-call allowance—Weekday

    20.6(b)(i)

    150.0

    35.51

    per day

    On-call allowance—Saturday

    20.6(b)(ii)

    200.0

    47.34

    per day

    On-call allowance—Sunday or public holiday

    20.6(b)(iii)

    250.0

    59.18

    per day

C.1.2 Adjustment of wage-related allowances

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

C.2 Expense-related allowances

[C.2.1 varied by PR719083,PR729556 ppc 01Jul21]

C.2.1 The following expense-related allowances will be payable to employees in accordance with clause 18Allowances.

    Allowance

    Clause

    $

    Payable

    Meal allowance in relation to overtime—After more than 2 hours of overtime or 10 continuous hours’work

    18.3(a)(i)

    19.57

    per occasion

    Meal allowance in relation to overtime—After a further 4 hours’continuous overtime

    18.3(a)(ii)

    12.42

    per occasion

    Vehicle allowance—Motor vehicle

    18.3(b)(i)

    0.80

    per km

    Vehicle allowance—Motorcycle

    18.3(b)(i)

    0.27

    per km

    Tool allowance—tradespersons and apprentices

    18.3(e)(i)

    19.96

    per week

C.2.2 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

      Tool allowance

      Tools and equipment for house and garden component of the household appliances,utensils and tools sub-group

      Vehicle allowance

      Private motoring sub-group

   

Schedule D—School-based Apprentices

D.1 This schedule applies to school-based apprentices. A school-based apprentice is a person who is undertaking an apprenticeship in accordance with this schedule while also undertaking a course of secondary education.

D.2 A school-based apprenticeship may be undertaken in the trades covered by this award under a training agreement or contract of training for an apprentice declared or recognised by the relevant State or Territory authority.

D.3 The relevant minimum wages for full-time junior and adult apprentices provided for in this award,calculated hourly,will apply to school-based apprentices for total hours worked including time deemed to be spent in off-the-job training.

D.4 For the purposes of clause D.3,where an apprentice is a full-time school student,the time spent in off-the-job training for which the apprentice must be paid is 25% of the actual hours worked each week on-the-job. The wages paid for training time may be averaged over the semester or year.

D.5 A school-based apprentice must be allowed,over the duration of the apprenticeship,the same amount of time to attend off-the-job training as an equivalent full-time apprentice.

D.6 For the purposes of this schedule,off-the-job training is structured training delivered by a Registered Training Organisation separate from normal work duties or general supervised practice undertaken on the job.

D.7 The duration of the apprenticeship must be as specified in the training agreement or contract for each apprentice but must not exceed 6 years.

D.8 School-based apprentices progress through the relevant wage scale at the rate of 12 months progression for each 2 years of employment as an apprentice or at the rate of competency based progression if provided for in this award.

D.9 The apprentice wage scales are based on a standard full-time apprenticeship of 4 years (unless the apprenticeship is of 3 years duration) or stages of competency based progression (if provided for in this award). The rate of progression reflects the average rate of skill acquisition expected from the typical combination of work and training for a school-based apprentice undertaking the applicable apprenticeship.

D.10 If an apprentice converts from school-based to full-time,the successful completion of competencies (if provided for in this award) and all time spent as a full-time apprentice will count for the purposes of progression through the relevant wage scale in addition to the progression achieved as a school-based apprentice.

D.11 School-based apprentices are entitled pro rata to all of the other conditions in this award.

Schedule E—Supported Wage System

[Varied by PR719661,PR729672]

E.1 This schedule defines the conditions which will apply to employees who because of the effects of a disability are eligible for a supported wage under the terms of this award.

E.2 In this schedule:

      approved assessor means a person accredited by the management unit established by the Commonwealth under the supported wage system to perform assessments of an individual’s productive capacity within the supported wage system.

      assessment instrument means the tool provided for under the supported wage system that records the assessment of the productive capacity of the person to be employed under the supported wage system.

      disability support pension means the Commonwealth pension scheme to provide income security for persons with a disability as provided under the Social Security Act 1991 (Cth),as amended from time to time,or any successor to that scheme.

      relevant minimum wage means the minimum wage prescribed in this award for the class of work for which an employee is engaged.

      supported wage system (SWS) means the Commonwealth Government system to promote employment for people who cannot work at full award wages because of a disability,as documented in the Supported Wage System Handbook. The Handbook is available from the following website:www.jobaccess.gov.au.

      SWS wage assessment agreement means the document in the form required by the Department of Social Services that records the employee’s productive capacity and agreed wage rate.

E.3 Eligibility criteria

E.3.1 Employees covered by this schedule will be those who are unable to perform the range of duties to the competence level required within the class of work for which the employee is engaged under this award,because of the effects of a disability on their productive capacity and who meet the impairment criteria for receipt of a disability support pension.

E.3.2 This schedule does not apply to any existing employee who has a claim against the employer which is subject to the provisions of workers compensation legislation or any provision of this award relating to the rehabilitation of employees who are injured in the course of their employment.

E.4 Supported wage rates

E.4.1 Employees to whom this schedule applies will be paid the applicable percentage of the relevant minimum wage according to the following schedule:

    Assessed capacity (clause E.5)

    %

    Relevant minimum wage

    %

    10

    10

    20

    20

    30

    30

    40

    40

    50

    50

    60

    60

    70

    70

    80

    80

    90

    90

[E.4.2 varied by PR719661,PR729672 ppc 01Jul21]

E.4.2 Provided that the minimum amount payable must be not less than $90 per week.

E.4.3 Where an employee’s assessed capacity is 10%,they must receive a high degree of assistance and support.

E.5 Assessment of capacity

E.5.1 For the purpose of establishing the percentage of the relevant minimum wage,the productive capacity of the employee will be assessed in accordance with the SWS by an approved assessor,having consulted the employer and employee and,if the employee so desires,a union which the employee is eligible to join.

E.5.2 All assessments made under this schedule must be documented in an SWS wage assessment agreement and retained by the employer as a time and wages record in accordance with the Act.

E.6 Lodgement of SWS wage assessment agreement

E.6.1 All SWS wage assessment agreements under the conditions of this schedule,including the appropriate percentage of the relevant minimum wage to be paid to the employee,must be lodged by the employer with the Fair Work Commission.

E.6.2 All SWS wage assessment agreements must be agreed and signed by the employee and employer parties to the assessment. Where a union which has an interest in the award is not a party to the assessment,the assessment will be referred by the Fair Work Commission to the union by certified mail and the agreement will take effect unless an objection is notified to the Fair Work Commission within 10 working days.

E.7 Review of assessment

      The assessment of the applicable percentage should be subject to annual or more frequent review on the basis of a reasonable request for such a review. The process of review must be in accordance with the procedures for assessing capacity under the SWS.

E.8 Other terms and conditions of employment

      Where an assessment has been made,the applicable percentage will apply to the relevant minimum wage only. Employees covered by the provisions of this schedule will be entitled to the same terms and conditions of employment as other workers covered by this award on a pro rata basis.

E.9 Workplace adjustment

      An employer wishing to employ a person under the provisions of this schedule must take reasonable steps to make changes in the workplace to enhance the employee’s capacity to do the job. Changes may involve re-design of job duties,working time arrangements and work organisation in consultation with other workers in the area.

E.10 Trial period

E.10.1 In order for an adequate assessment of the employee’s capacity to be made,an employer may employ a person under the provisions of this schedule for a trial period not exceeding 12 weeks,except that in some cases additional work adjustment time (not exceeding 4 weeks) may be needed.

E.10.2 During that trial period the assessment of capacity will be undertaken and the percentage of the relevant minimum wage for a continuing employment relationship will be determined.

[E.10.3 varied by PR719661,PR729672 ppc 01Jul21]

E.10.3 The minimum amount payable to the employee during the trial period must be no less than $90 per week.

E.10.4 Work trials should include induction or training as appropriate to the job being trialled.

E.10.5 Where the employer and employee wish to establish a continuing employment relationship following the completion of the trial period,a further contract of employment will be entered into based on the outcome of assessment under clause E.5.

Schedule F—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 G—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 H—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 I—Part-day Public Holidays

[Varied by PR716608]

I.1 This schedule operates in conjunction with award provisions dealing with public holidays.

I.2 Where a part-day public holiday is declared or prescribed between 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 between 7.00 pm and midnight 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 between 7.00 pm and midnight but as a result of being on annual leave does not work,they will be taken not to be on annual leave between those hours of 7.00 pm and midnight 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 between 7.00 pm and midnight,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.

[I.2(e) varied by PR716608 ppc 01Mar20]

      (e) Excluding annualised wage arrangement employees to whom clause I.2(f) applies,where an employee works any hours between 7.00 pm and midnight they will be entitled to the appropriate public holiday penalty rate (if any) in this award for those hours worked.

[I.2(f) varied by PR716608 ppc 01Mar20]

      (f) Where an employee is paid an annualised wage arrangement 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 between 7.00 pm and midnight.

      (g) An employee not rostered to work between 7.00 pm and midnight,other than an employee who has exercised their right in accordance with clause I.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.

      (h) Nothing in this schedule affects the right of an employee and employer to agree to substitute public holidays.

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

Schedule X—Additional Measures During the COVID-19 Pandemic

[Sched X inserted by PR718141 ppc 08Apr20;varied by PR720705,PR723048,PR728080]

[X.1 varied by PR720705,PR723048,PR728080 ppc 26Mar21]

X.1 Subject to clauses X.2.1(d) and X.2.2(c),Schedule X operates from 8 April 2020 until 31 December 2021. The period of operation can be extended on application.

X.2 During the operation of Schedule X,the following provisions apply:

X.2.1 Unpaid pandemic leave

      (a) Subject to clauses X.2.1(b),(c) and (d),any employee is entitled to take up to 2 weeks’unpaid leave if the employee is required by government or medical authorities or on the advice of a medical practitioner to self-isolate and is consequently prevented from working,or is otherwise prevented from working by measures taken by government or medical authorities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

      (b) The employee must give their employer notice of the taking of leave under clause X.2.1(a) and of the reason the employee requires the leave,as soon as practicable (which may be a time after the leave has started).

      (c) An employee who has given their employer notice of taking leave under clause X.2.1(a) must,if required by the employer,give the employer evidence that would satisfy a reasonable person that the leave is taken for a reason given in clause X.2.1(a).

[X.2.1(d) varied by PR720705,PR723048,PR728080 ppc 26Mar21]

      (d) A period of leave under clause X.2.1(a) must start before 31 December 2021,but may end after that date.

      (e) Leave taken under clause X.2.1(a) does not affect any other paid or unpaid leave entitlement of the employee and counts as service for the purposes of entitlements under this award and the NES.

      NOTE:The employer and employee may agree that the employee may take more than 2 weeks’unpaid pandemic leave.

X.2.2 Annual leave at half pay

      (a) Instead of an employee taking paid annual leave on full pay,the employee and their employer may agree to the employee taking twice as much leave on half pay.

      (b) Any agreement to take twice as much annual leave at half pay must be recorded in writing and retained as an employee record.

[X.2.2(c) varied by PR720705,PR723048,PR728080 ppc 26Mar21]

      (c) A period of leave under clause X.2.2(a) must start before 31 December 2021,but may end after that date.

      EXAMPLE:Instead of an employee taking one week’s annual leave on full pay,the employee and their employer may agree to the employee taking 2 weeks’annual leave on half pay. In this example:

      ●the employee’s pay for the 2 weeks’leave is the same as the pay the employee would have been entitled to for one week’s leave on full pay (where one week’s full pay includes leave loading under the Annual Leave clause of this award);and

      ●one week of leave is deducted from the employee’s annual leave accrual.

NOTE 1:A employee covered by this award who is entitled to the benefit of clause X.2.1 or X.2.2 has a workplace right under section 341(1)(a) of the Act.

NOTE 2:Under section 340(1) of the Act,an employer must not take adverse action against an employee because the employee has a workplace right,has or has not exercised a workplace right,or proposes or does not propose to exercise a workplace right,or to prevent the employee exercising a workplace right. Under section 342(1) of the Act,an employer takes adverse action against an employee if the employer dismisses the employee,injures the employee in his or her employment,alters the position of the employee to the employee’s prejudice,or discriminates between the employee and other employees of the employer.

NOTE 3:Under section 343(1) of the Act,a person must not organise or take,or threaten to organise or take,action against another person with intent to coerce the person to exercise or not exercise,or propose to exercise or not exercise,a workplace right,or to exercise or propose to exercise a workplace right in a particular way.

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