The Architects Award
Download the current awards here, and understand your obligations under the Architects Award and how the ACA can help.
Clerks Award - An Explainer
The various classifications of the Clerks Award can cause confusion. Tom Earls of Fair Work Lawyers clears up some common areas of conflict.
Unpaid Pandemic Leave & Annual Leave at Half Pay Extended
The Fair Work Commission has extended the entitlement to unpaid pandemic leave and annual leave at half pay to 30 September 2020.
Clerks Award Flexibility Extended
The temporary Schedule I in the Clerks Award, which allows for additional flexibility during the COVID-10 outbreak, has been amended and extended to 30 September 2020.
Federal Court's Ruling on Casual Employment
On 20 May 2020, the full bench of the Federal Court redefined what constitutes a casual worker. Michael Corrigan digs into the detail.
2019 Award Rates
Updated Federal Industrial Awards pay rates for awards relevant to employees working in architectural practices.
Know your Award and Legislative Changes
Join the ACA and Michael Corrigan for our Know Your Award 2020 formal CPD webinar on Thursday 23 April at 1pm. Learn about 2020 Award updates, COVID-19 measures and personal leave changes. Book now to reserve your place.
Temporary COVID-19 Leave Variations Announced for Modern Awards
The Fair Work Commission has made changes to a wide variety of modern awards, including the Architects Award, to include unpaid pandemic leave and the capacity to take annual leave at half pay.
Clerks Award Flexibility
The Clerks Award has been temporarily amended to enable more flexibility during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Annualised Salaries - changes to the Clerks Award
Changes to the Clerks Award insert new rules about annual salaries, with changes coming into effect from the first full pay period on or after 1 March 2020.
Community Service Leave
Practice owners and managers should be aware that all employees, including casuals, are entitled to community service leave to take on emergency service management activities, such as volunteering for the Country Fire Authority (CFA) or State Emergency Service (SES).
Personal / Carer’s Leave
In mid-2019, significant changes were made to the way Personal/Carer’s Leave is accrued for employees who work non-standard hours.
Fair Work Information Statement
A new Fair Work Information Statement was released in December 2020. This must be given to all new employees, as part of an employer’s responsibilities under the National Employment Standards.
2019 Industrial Relations Overview
The ACA continues to represent architectural employers on industrial relations matters, to keep members informed about changes that impact them, and to support architects to be fair and ethical employers. As 2019 comes to a close we review the changes that have occurred this year.
Global Climate Strike
The Global Climate Strike has been called for 20 September. What does this mean for architectural employers? The ACA provides advice about how to best manage this under the Fair Work Act.
New Family and Domestic Violence Leave
Fair Work has announced new leave entitlements, applicable from 1 August.
2018 Updates to Architects Award
As the year draws to a close, we take a brief look at the changes made to the Architects Award this year.
Flexibility - New Award Clauses
New clauses in Modern Awards aim to further support flexible work. The ACA outlines what this might mean, how employers can prepare for these changes, and where to find good material to support flexible workplaces.
Right to Request Flexible Work
The Modern Awards include a new clause outlining the right to request flexible work.
Termination of Employment Clause
A new award determination requires employers to pay employees within seven days of their termination of employment.
Converting Casual Employees to Permanent
The Fair Work Commission has handed down a new determination that will impact ACA members with regular casual employees.
2018 Award Rates
Updated Federal Industrial Awards pay rates for the Architects Award – effective from 1 July.
Architects Award: FAQ
The Architects Award sets the minimum standards and wages for the employment of architects, architectural graduates and architecture students. FAQs to help you meet your obligations.
Employee or Contractor?
Do you understand the difference between an employee and an independent contractor, and what it means for your practice?
Individual Flexible Arrangements
Individual flexibility arrangements provide the opportunity to vary modern awards or enterprise agreements to provide flexibility in a fair and appropriate manner.
Can casual workers really just ask to become permanent?
A recent Fair Work decision about the right of casual workers to request permanency has raised many questions. Merilyn Speiser from Catalina Consultants provides the answers.
Draughting Employees - Which Award?
Which Award are draughtspeople classified under? Michael Corrigan explains.
Time off in Lieu - New Rules
A surprise decision by the Fair Work Commission now requires employers to calculate time off in lieu (TOIL) at a rate of 1.5 hours for each hour of overtime worked for employees being paid at the Award rates.
Paid Parental Leave
Do you have systems in place for Paid Parental Leave? We provide an overview of your obligations.
Know Your Employment Contract
Michael Corrigan reminds practices of key considerations.
Students and Graduates of Architecture
Provisions for students and graduates of architecture in the Architects Award and applicable pay rates.
A brief update on the vehicle allowance in the Architects Award.
Fair Work Employer Checklist
Do you understand all your obligations under the national workplace relations system?
Internships - Legal Advice
An employer’s legal obligations, rights and responsibilities in relation to students, work experience participants and volunteers.
Your Business and the New Anti-Bullying Legislation
Michael Corrigan explains the changes to workplace laws on bullying and what you need to know.
Changing Employees' Hours of Work
Managing reducing hours of work to ensure minimum stress and maximum benefit for all.
How do you make performance reviews productive for both the business and the employee?
When does redundancy occur and what are your obligations as an employer?