The Minister for Industrial Relations has expressed the Government’s view that:
‘…in the extraordinary circumstances that have been caused by the COVID pandemic that it would be in Australia’s economic best interest for the Fair Work Commission to use its powers under s.157(3)(a) of the Fair Work Act 2009 (the Act) to undertake a process to ensure several priority modern awards in sectors hardest hit by the pandemic be amended. [Focusing on] key changes that could potentially support Australia’s economic recovery.’
The awards identified by the Minister as the key awards in distressed industry sectors are:
As a result the Fair Work Commission has commenced a process on the Commission’s own motion to consider the inclusion of loaded rates and exemption rates clauses in the awards identified above.
The process will also consider whether any changes can be made to simplify the classification structures in these awards and any other changes proposed by any interested party.
An application to vary the Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2020 (AM202/73) to include a new Schedule K – Loaded Rate Arrangements for award flexibility has been received from the Australian Hotels Association.
An application to vary the Restaurant Industry Award 2020 (AM2021/58) to include a new Schedule R – Award flexibility for COVID-19 pandemic recovery has been received from Restaurant & Catering Industrial.
An application to vary the General Retail Award 2020 (AM2021/7) to include a new Scheule I – Additional flexibility measures – Part-time employees has been received from the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees' Association, the Australian Workers' Union and Master Grocers Australia.
|Page||Date last updated|
|Application to vary the Hospitality award for Award flexibility
(AM2021/73 – application by Australian Hotels Association)
|10 Dec 2021|
Application to vary the Restaurant award for Award flexibility
|23 Aug 2021|
|Decisions & statements||1 Feb 2021|
|Notices of listing & directions||11 May 2021|
|Submissions – Hospitality sector||6 Apr 2021|
|Submissions – Retail sector||28 Jan 2021|
|Determinations||6 Apr 2021|
|Transcripts||16 Apr 2021|
Application to vary the Retail award for Award flexibility
|28 Jun 2021|
|Correspondence||1 Feb 2021|
|Research & data||15 Mar 2021|
|Background material||30 August 2021|
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