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Employee Modern Award Classifications

Most employees in Australia are covered by a Modern Award.

A modern award is a legal document which sets out the minimum terms and conditions of employment on top of the National Employment Standards (NES).

Modern awards set out entitlements such as:

  • Pay
  • hours of work
  • rosters
  • breaks
  • allowances
  • penalty rates
  • overtime

Modern awards apply to all employees covered by the national workplace relations system.

Modern awards are industry or occupation-based, and apply to employers and employees who perform work covered by the award.

Managers or higher income employees may not be covered by a modern award even if one applies to the industry in which they work.

Some employers and employees will not be covered by an award or registered agreement. When an employee is not covered by an award of agreement, they are considered to be award an agreement free. In these situations, the National Minimum Wage and the NES will form the minimum terms and conditions of employment.

How Better HR helps:

Better HR provides the essential HR tools and advice that every business needs to determine the correct Modern Award coverage for each employee.

Delivered via an affordable annual subscription, Better HR helps you determine:

  • Modern Award coverage for employees
  • Modern Award-Free coverage for employees
  • Enterprise Agreement coverage for employees
  • National Employment Standards coverage for employees
  • And more