All Modern Awards Are Changing

Understand your responsibilities and what changes will effect you as an employer


Below is an extract of the changes that will be happening with the modern wards from Feburary 2020. Fairwork have advised the following;

The Fair Work Commission (the Commission) have been reviewing all modern awards since 2014, as part of the 4-yearly review of modern awards. During this process, they’ve clarified how some award clauses work and changed other clauses.

On 2 September 2019, the Commission issued a decision that they’re finalising the review and will release the new versions of the awards in 3 groups (‘tranches’).

The first tranche of awards apply from the first full pay period on or after 4 February 2020.

So, if your pay week is from Monday to Sunday, the new awards take effect from Monday 10 February 2020.

While the review is finishing up, there may be further changes to the awards later on

What do I need to do?

 You can find copies of the tranche 1 awards on the Commission’s Modern award list to see what the changes are.

If you’re an employer or manager, every award requires that you make a copy of the award (or awards if more than one applies to your employees) available to your staff on a noticeboard or through accessible electronic means. You’ll need to make sure this is updated when the new award starts applying.

What’s changing?

For most awards, the biggest change is to the layout and the language. This will mean that your award should be simpler and easier to understand. The rules and entitlements in your award probably won’t change significantly.

The Commission have made changes to awards over the last few years. During this time we’ve updated our website and tools, and sent emails to subscribers about significant changes. So, most of the big changes are already in your current award.

When is my award changing?

The first tranche of awards apply from the first full pay period on or after 4 February 2020. The Commission will release the remaining awards once they’re finalised.

The following table lists the awards in each tranche.

Tranche 1

Tranche 2

Tranche 3

Aluminium Industry Award

Aboriginal Health Award

Aircraft Cabin Crew Award

Ambulance Award

Airline Ground Staff Award

Amusement Award

Animal and Veterinary Services Award

Air Pilots Award

Broadcasting Award

Aquaculture Award

Airport Award

Black Coal Award

Banking, Finance and Insurance Award

Alpine Resorts Award

Building and Construction Award

Book Award

Architects Award

Business Equipment Award

Car Parking Award

Asphalt Award

Dredging Award

Cement, Lime and Quarrying Award

Cleaning Award

Teachers Award

Cemetery Award

Clerks Award

Electrical Award

Coal Export Terminals Award

Commercial Sales Award

Fitness Award

Corrections and Detention Award

Concrete Products Award

Food and Beverage Manufacturing Award

Cotton Ginning Award

Contract Call Centres Award

Funeral Award

Electrical Power Industry Award

Dry Cleaning and Laundry Award

Retail Award

Fire Fighting Award

Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award

Graphic Arts Award

Gardening and Landscaping Award

Educational Services (Post-Secondary) Award

Health Services Award

Hydrocarbons (Upstream) Award

Gas Award

Horse and Greyhound Award

Legal Award

Higher Education Academic Staff Award

Horticulture Award

Market and Social Research Award

Higher Education General Staff Award

Journalists Award

Medical Practitioners Award

Hospitality Award

Joinery Award

Mining Award

Hydrocarbons Field Geologists Award

Live Performance Award

Nursery Award

Labour Market Assistance Award

Marine Towage Award

Oil Refining and Manufacturing Award

Local Government Award

Marine Tourism and Charter Vessels Award

Pharmacy Award

Models Award

Mobile Crane Hiring Award

Port Authorities Award

Manufacturing Award

Nurses Award

Premixed Concrete Award

Offshore Oil and Gas Award

Miscellaneous Award

Racing Ground Maintenance Award

Meat Award

Plumbing Award

Real Estate Award

Pastoral Award

Ports, Harbours and Enclosed Water Vessels Award

Salt Award

Passenger Vehicle Award

Pest Control Award

Seafood Award

Pharmaceutical Award

Professional Award

Silviculture Award

Poultry Award

Racing Clubs Events Award

Sporting Organisations Award

Professional Diving (Industrial) Award

Registered Clubs Award

State Government Agencies Award

Professional Diving (Recreational) Award

Seagoing Award

Surveying Award

Rail Award

Security Award

Travelling Shows Award

Restaurant Award

Sugar Award

Water Award

Road Transport (Long Distance) Award

Supported Employment Services Award

Wool Award

Road Transport Award

Telecommunications Award


Stevedoring Award

Textile and Clothing Award


Storage and Wholesale Award

Timber Award

Transport (Cash) Award

Wine Award

Vehicle Award

Waste Award

The Commission is finalising a plain language redraft for the following awards:

  • Fast Food Award
  • Hair and Beauty Award
  • Aged Care Award
  • Social and Community Services Award
  • Children’s Services Award.

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