Modern Awards & Enterprise agreements
Modern awards are industry or occupation based minimum employment standards which apply in addition to the National Employment Standards (NES). Most industries have a modern award, which covers all employers and employees in that sector.
Visit the Fair Work Ombudsman's website for more information about modern awards, including how to find the right modern awards for your employees.
Enterprise agreements set out conditions of employment for a group of employees at one or more workplaces. Enterprise agreements will apply instead of a modern award. The pay rate in an enterprise agreement can't be less than the pay rate in the relevant modern award.
Visit the Fair Work Ombudsman's website for more information about enterprise agreements. You can also contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94.
Common law contracts of employment can also set out wages and conditions for employees who aren't covered by an award or agreement, or to provide conditions in excess of an employee's minimum entitlements. As contracts can be changed and updated at any time, they can provide flexibility to your workforce. However, if you wish to change the terms of an employment contract, you must first have the changes agreed to by your staff. A contract can't provide minimum wages or conditions which are less than those provided in an award, agreement or the Fair Work Act 2009.
Awards and agreements in your state or territory
Australian Capital Territory and all states and territoriesFind information on modern awards and agreements on the Fair Work Ombudsman website.
New South WalesThe Office of Industrial Relations provides information on state industries and awards.
Northern TerritoryFind out about leave entitlements on the Workplace Advocate website.
South AustraliaSafe Work SA provides information on state awards, wages and conditions.
TasmaniaFind out about your legal obligations when employing people on the Business Tasmania website.
VictoriaFurther details on Minimum wages and conditions can be found on Business Victoria website.
Western AustraliaFind information on your employer obligations through the Small Business Development Corporation website.