Four Yearly Review of Modern Awards is Drawing to a Close
Tuesday, December 03, 2019
Four Yearly Review of Modern Awards is Drawing to a Close
The Fair Work Commission (FWC) is now moving into its final stages of the four yearly review of modern awards. A new Exposure Draft of the Local Government Industry Award was published in October 2019. WALGA, on behalf of the Australian Local Government Associations, filed submissions with the FWC on Wednesday, 27 November 2019 advocating for some minor changes to the Exposure Draft. You can view the submissions here.

The main differences between the Exposure Draft and the Local Government Industry Award 2010 (Award) are listed below:
  • All transitional provisions in the Award (for example the district allowance) have been removed.
  • A new Clause 7 has been inserted to summarise the facilitative provisions in the Award.
  • The provision for unpaid family and domestic violence leave has been removed and replaced with a clause stating the leave is provided for in the NES.
  • Schedule B is a new schedule containing tables summarising hourly rates of pay for full-time, part-time and casual adult employees.
  • Schedule C is a new schedule setting out all allowance rates.
The FWC will also be making changes to the annualised salary and annual close-down clauses in the modern awards. There are changes proposed to these clauses across all modern awards.

WALGA will be attending the FWC Full Bench hearing in December to advocate for the further amendments to the Exposure Draft.

Overtime for casuals

WALGA has filed a number of submissions with the FWC this year, advocating for amendments to the casual and overtime provisions in the Award. A copy of the latest submissions made in October are available here. The proposed amendments are to clarify the current interpretation shared by the Local Government Associations rather than to change any existing entitlements. The ASU is in support of these amendments.

We will continue to update the sector as these matters progress.

If you have any questions about this alert, please email WALGA Employee Relations, or call 1300 366 956.