As part of its “four-yearly review” of all modern awards, the Fair Work Commission is in the process of updating a number of awards.

A number of awards have been updated with minor amendments commencing on the first pay period after 13 April 2020 these are:

Aboriginal Health AwardAirport Award
Educational Services (Post-Secondary) AwardHigher Education Academic Staff Award
Hydrocarbons Field Geologists AwardModels Award
Offshore Oil and Gas AwardPassenger Vehicle Award
Professional Diving (Industrial) AwardProfessional Diving (Recreational) Award
Stevedoring Award


What is changing?

The intention of the redraft was to clarify, rather than change, the meaning of the awards – so it is unlikely that most employers will need to anything differently.

The Fair Work Commission previously provided links to the amended versions of all the awards that are changing in “track changes” (see below). However, as these were only draft versions of the amended awards, employers should rely on the final versions of the awards, rather than the “track changes” drafts.


Changes to Awards in Track Changes

Award titleTracked changes version
Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services AwardMA000115
Airline Operations — Ground Staff AwardMA000048
Air Pilots AwardMA000046
Airport Employees AwardMA000049
Alpine Resorts AwardMA000092
Architects AwardMA000079
Asphalt Industry AwardMA000054
Cleaning Services AwardMA000022
Clerks—Private Sector AwardMA000002
Commercial Sales AwardMA000083
Concrete Products AwardMA000056
Contract Call Centres AwardMA000023
Educational Services (Schools) General Staff AwardMA000076
Educational Services (Post-Secondary Education) AwardMA000075
Dry Cleaning and Laundry Industry AwardMA000096
Gas Industry AwardMA000061
Higher Education Industry — Academic Staff — AwardMA000006
Higher Education Industry — General Staff — AwardMA000007
Hospitality Industry (General) AwardMA000009
Hydrocarbons Field Geologists AwardMA000064
Labour Market Assistance Industry AwardMA000099
Local Government Industry AwardMA000112
Mannequins and Models AwardMA000117
Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations AwardMA000010
Maritime Offshore Oil and Gas AwardMA000086
Meat Industry AwardMA000059
Pastoral AwardMA000035
Passenger Vehicle Transportation AwardMA000063
Pharmaceutical Industry AwardMA000069
Poultry Processing AwardMA000074
Professional Diving Industry (Industrial) AwardMA000108
Professional Diving Industry (Recreational) AwardMA000109
Rail Industry AwardMA000015
Restaurant Industry AwardMA000119
Road Transport (Long Distance Operations) AwardMA000039
Road Transport and Distribution AwardMA000038
Stevedoring Industry AwardMA000053
Storage Services and Wholesale AwardMA000084
Transport (Cash in Transit) AwardMA000042
Vehicle Manufacturing, Repair, Services and Retail AwardMA000089
Waste Management AwardMA000043

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