Employment awards and conditions of employment
Awards are legal documents that outline the wages and conditions of employment for groups of employees in a particular industry or type of work.
If employees are covered by an award, the award is legally binding on you as the employer. You must provide the entitlements outlined in the award including wages and penalty rates, hours of work, allowances and a range of other provisions. Employers and employees cannot agree to lesser conditions or agree to ignore the award. However, arrangements providing for pay and conditions better than those in the award are legal.
Most businesses are covered by either state awards or
national modern awards.