In This Chapter
Understanding and applying modern awards
Recognising that minimum wages are not negotiable
Managing juniors, apprentices and trainees
Avoiding being tripped up by transitional provisions for penalties, loadings and overtime
A ustralia is unique in the world of employment regulation in that it has applied a system of state and national awards since federation in the early 1900s — but these awards are nothing like the Academy Awards. Minimum wages and conditions of employment were awarded to classes of employees based on either their occupation, profession or industry, and usually following protracted industrial disputes between employees and employers in industries such as manufacturing, mining, transport, shearing and meat works. The awards were given legal effect by tribunals established by governments of the day with similar status to statutory regulations or ordinances. Over time these awards evolved into comprehensive codes regulating minimum terms and conditions of employment for over half of the Australian working population. ...