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Previously, most modern awards provided for trainee wages and conditions of employment in the ‘National Training Wage’ Schedule. These have recently been removed. If your organisation engages trainees, you may be wondering where to find your trainee wages and conditions.

Full Bench Decision
As part of the 4 yearly review of modern awards, the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission recently issued a decision standardising the National Training Wage Schedule (“NTW Schedule”). The effect of the decision was that the NTW Schedule would be removed from all modern awards except the Miscellaneous Award 2010, and nine other modern awards which retain their award-specific schedules.

These awards are:
• Airline Operations – Ground Staff Award 2010;
• Airport Employees Award 2010;
• Building and Construction General On-site Award 2010;
• Food, Beverage and Tobacco Manufacturing Award 2010;
• Joinery and Building Trades Award 2010;
• Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award 2010;
• Mobile Crane Hiring Award 2010;
• Sugar Industry Award 2010; and
• Surveying Award 2010.

The terms of the NTW Schedule from the Miscellaneous Award 2010 will be incorporated into all other modern awards by reference to the Miscellaneous Award 2010. For example, the Clerks – Private Sector Award 2010 now reads:

22.1 Schedule E to the Miscellaneous Award 2010 sets out minimum wage rates and conditions for employees undertaking traineeships.

22.2 This award incorporates the terms of Schedule E to the Miscellaneous Award 2010 as at 1 July 2017. Provided that any reference to “this award” in Schedule E to the Miscellaneous Award 2010 is to be read as referring to the Clerks—Private Sector Award 2010 and not the Miscellaneous Award 2010.

A copy of the Full Bench decision can be accessed here,¹ and the schedule of Determinations varying the modern awards was published on 23 June 2017 and can be accessed here.² All modern awards have now been varied.

Require further information/assistance?
If you require further information or advice, please contact your local Consultant at either our Adelaide or Melbourne offices.

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1 https://www.fwc.gov.au/documents/sites/awardsmodernfouryr/2017fwcfb3176.pdf
2 https://www.fwc.gov.au/documents/sites/awardsmodernfouryr/am201617-schedule-determinations-210617.pdf

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