Employee Pay Rates
The pay rate for most employees is set out in the applicable occupation-based 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 apply to all employees covered by the national workplace relations system.
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.
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