What are Awards?

Awards (modern awards) are legal documents that outline the minimum pay rates and conditions of employment. There are more than 100 industry or occupation awards that cover most people who work in Australia.

Who do Awards Cover?

Awards apply to employers and employees depending on the industry they work in and the type of job worked. Every award has information about who it covers. To work out which award applies, read:

  • the coverage clause (usually clause 4)
  • the job classifications (usually in the pay clause or a schedule).

Awards don’t apply when an employer has a registered agreement in place.

Can an Employer be Covered by More Than One Award?

Yes, an employer can be covered by more than one award depending on the jobs the employees do.


2 awards applying to 1 employer

James runs a building and construction business. He has qualified carpenters as well as office staff who do administration work. 2 awards will apply to his business:

  • Building and Construction Award – for his qualified carpenters
  • Clerks Award – for his office staff.