Modern awards are documents which set minimum employment standards in a specific industry or sector.
This includes setting things such as:
Modern awards often set standards that are higher than the minimums in the National Employment Standards—they cannot set standards that are lower.
It is your employer’s responsibility to keep up with changes to your award and make sure that all employees are getting what they are entitled to. Some of the most common awards include:
- General Retail Industry Award 2010 [MA000004]
- Fast Food Industry Award 2010 [MA000003]
- Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2020 [MA000009]
- Restaurant Industry Award 2020 [MA000119]
- Amusement, Events and Recreation Award 2020 [MA000080]
- Cleaning Services Award 2020 [MA000022]
- Clerks – Private Sector Award 2020 [MA000002]
- Contract Call Centres Award 2020 [MA000023]
- Food, Beverage and Tobacco Manufacturing Award 2010 [MA000073]
- Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2010 [MA000005]
- Horticulture Award 2010 [MA000028]
- Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award 2020 [MA000010]
- Pastoral Award 2010 [MA000035]
- Pharmacy Industry Award 2020 [MA000012]
- Registered and Licensed Clubs Award 2010 [MA000058]
- Security Services Industry Award 2020 [MA000016]
- Road Transport and Distribution Award 2020 [MA000038]
There is an award that covers nearly all workplaces and occupations. A full list of modern awards can be found online.
Who is covered by a modern award?
Most employees are covered by an award. Some exceptions include:
- Some managers, human resource managers and high-income employees
- Some employees who are excluded from the award that covers their workplace because of the nature of their role
Need more information about awards? You can contact your union or the Australian Unions Support Centre for free, confidential information and advice about any workplace issue.
Funding for this factsheet was provided by:
- the Victorian Government as part of the uTech project; and
- the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Please note that the information given here is general information only and is not legal advice. For further assistance, it is recommended you speak to your union.