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8 Apr 2020

HHG Legal Group’s Employment Law team’s Murray Thornhill and Gemma Wheeler-Carver provide a synopsis of the FWC update and Award changes.

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In amongst the buzz of the JobKeeper legislation, the Fair Work Commission yesterday varied many Awards to include a “pandemic” Schedule X, which operates from today, 8 April 2020, to 30 June 2020 (with the ability to extend if appropriate).


The full text of Schedule X is set out below, however, the main takeaways of these amendments are:

  • Employees may take up to 2 weeks’ unpaid leave to self-isolate or if prevented from working by government or medical authority measures (or for a longer period if agreed between the employee or employer); and
  • Employees and employers may agree to the employee taking twice as much leave on half pay.

These entitlements are workplace rights and employees have the protection of section 340 of the Fair Work Act in relation to those rights.

The list of the Awards affected is set out below and the full decision can be found HERE on the Fair Work Commission website.

So what Awards are subject to this variation?

These changes follow on from the last few weeks’ decisions in relation to the Clerks – Private Sector Award, the Restaurant Industry Award 2010, and the Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2010.

The newest awards to be varied are:

  • Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services Award 2010
  • Aged Care Award 2010
  • Air Pilots Award 2010
  • Aircraft Cabin Crew Award 2010
  • Airline Operations-Ground Staff Award 2010
  • Airport Employees Award 2010
  • Alpine Resorts Award 2010
  • Aluminium Industry Award 2020
  • Ambulance and Patient Transport Industry Award 2020
  • Amusement, Events and Recreation Award 2010
  • Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award 2020
  • Aquaculture Industry Award 2020
  • Architects Award 2010
  • Asphalt Industry Award 2010
  • Banking, Finance and Insurance Award 2020
  • Book Industry Award 2020
  • Broadcasting, Recorded Entertainment and Cinemas Award 2010
  • Business Equipment Award 2010
  • Car Parking Award 2020
  • Cement, Lime and Quarrying Award 2010
  • Cemetery Industry Award 2020
  • Children’s Services Award 2010
  • Cleaning Services Award 2010
  • Clerks – Private Sector Award 2010
  • Commercial Sales Award 2010
  • Concrete Products Award 2010
  • Contract Call Centres Award 2010
  • Corrections and Detention (Private Sector) Award 2020
  • Cotton Ginning Award 2020
  • Dry Cleaning and Laundry Industry Award 2010
  • Educational Services (Post-Secondary Education) Award 2010
  • Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award 2010
  • Educational Services (Teachers) Award 2010
  • Fast Food Industry Award 2010
  • Fitness Industry Award 2010
  • Food, Beverage and Tobacco Manufacturing Award 2010
  • Funeral Industry Award 2010
  • Gardening and Landscaping Services Award 2020
  • General Retail Industry Award 2010
  • Graphic Arts, Printing and Publishing Award 2010
  • Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2010
  • Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2010
  • Higher Education Industry-Academic Staff-Award 2010
  • Higher Education Industry-General Staff-Award 2010
  • Horse and Greyhound Training Award 2010
  • Horticulture Award 2010
  • Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2010
  • Journalists Published Media Award 2010
  • Labour Market Assistance Industry Award 2010
  • Legal Services Award 2020
  • Live Performance Award 2010
  • Local Government Industry Award 2010
  • Mannequins and Models Award 2010
  • Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award 2010
  • Marine Tourism and Charter Vessels Award 2010
  • Market and Social Research Award 2020
  • Meat Industry Award 2010
  • Medical Practitioners Award 2020
  • Miscellaneous Award 2010
  • Nursery Award 2020
  • Nurses Award 2010
  • Passenger Vehicle Transportation Award 2010
  • Pastoral Award 2010
  • Pest Control Industry Award 2010
  • Pharmaceutical Industry Award 2010
  • Pharmacy Industry Award 2010
  • Poultry Processing Award 2010
  • Premixed Concrete Award 2020
  • Professional Diving Industry (Recreational) Award 2010
  • Professional Employees Award 2010
  • Racing Clubs Events Award 2010
  • Racing Industry Ground Maintenance Award 2020
  • Rail Industry Award 2010
  • Real Estate Industry Award 2020
  • Registered and Licensed Clubs Award 2010
  • Restaurant Industry Award 2010
  • Road Transport (Long Distance Operations) Award 2010
  • Road Transport and Distribution Award 2010
  • Salt Industry Award 2010
  • Seafood Processing Award 2020
  • Security Services Industry Award 2010
  • Silviculture Award 2020
  • Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010
  • Sporting Organisations Award 2020
  • State Government Agencies Award 2020
  • Storage Services and Wholesale Award 2010
  • Sugar Industry Award 2010
  • Supported Employment Services Award 2010
  • Surveying Award 2020
  • Telecommunications Services Award 2010
  • Textile, Clothing, Footwear and Associated Industries Award 2010
  • Timber Industry Award 2010
  • Transport (Cash in Transit) Award 2010
  • Travelling Shows Award 2020
  • Vehicle Manufacturing, Repair, Services and Retail Award 2010
  • Waste Management Award 2010
  • Water Industry Award 2020
  • Wine Industry Award 2010
  • Wool Storage, Sampling and Testing Award 2010


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