2018 Updates to Architects Award

12 December 2018

As the year draws to a close, we summarise the changes made to the Architects Award and other relevant awards in 2018.

The ACA encourages all members to ensure they understand the changes, and to make sure they have incorporated them into the business and are meeting their obligations as employers.

Download updated awards here and access the full set of Know Your Award articles here.

Wage and allowance increases

The 3.5% minimum wage increase handed down by the Fair Work Commission was applied to all minimum award wages. These are applicable from the first full pay period from 1 July 2018.

Award allowances, including mileage, meals and other allowances, also increased in all awards as of 1 July 2018.

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Family and domestic violence leave

Family and domestic violence leave has been introduced into all Modern Awards. This provides all employees (including casuals) with access to 5 days of unpaid leave per year to deal with family and domestic violence. The leave entitlement is applicable from the first full pay period after 1 August 2018.

The entitlement to unpaid family and domestic violence leave is now also part of the National Employment Standards (NES). This applies to employees (including part-time and casual employees), including those not covered by an award, and applies from 12 December 2018.

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Casual conversion clause

The Architects Award, Clerical Award and Miscellaneous Award (Interior Design) now all include a new casual conversion clause. This gives casual employees the right to request to become permanent full-time or part-time employees if they have worked regular and systematic hours for the previous 12 months. Casual service was defined to be a minimum of 2 hours.

The clause was inserted on 1 October 2018, and existing casual employees must be provided with a copy of the conversion clause by 1 January 2019.

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Termination of employment

Employers must pay employees wages and entitlements within 7 days of the termination of employment. The awards affected are the Architects Award, Clerks Award and Miscellaneous Award, and the change was applicable after the first full pay period from 1 November 2018.

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Flexible work

The Fair Work Commission’s consideration of family-friendly working arrangements saw a new clause regarding the right to request flexible work inserted into all Modern Awards. This extends the right to request flexible work that was already in place as one of the 10 minimum employment entitlements of the National Employment Standards. The new clause was effective from the first full pay period after 1 December 2018.

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The Fair Work Commission is redrafting redundancy clauses as part of its plain language re-drafting of standard clauses. The new wording will be issued after February 2019. There is not expected to be any change to content. The ACA will provide updated awards once this is available. 

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