Architects Award 2020

The Architects Award

1 November 2020

Download the current awards here, and understand your obligations under the Architects Award and how the ACA can help.

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Join the ACA

Join the ACA

8 June 2014

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Specialist advice

Advice for members

30 January 2014

The ACA assists members with formal and informal advice in a range of areas relating to the business of architecture.

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Personal leave accrual

High Court Decision about Personal Leave

14 August 2020

Tom Earls from Fair Work Lawyers summarises the findings of an important high court decision about personal leave accrual.

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Casual Employment

Federal Court's Ruling on Casual Employment

21 May 2020

On 20 May 2020, the full bench of the Federal Court redefined what constitutes a casual worker. Michael Corrigan digs into the detail.

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Vehicle allowance

Vehicle allowance

4 November 2015

A brief update on the vehicle allowance in the Architects Award.

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Changes to the Clerks Award

Annualised Salaries - changes to the Clerks Award

25 February 2020

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.

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Personal Leave

Personal / Carer’s Leave

14 January 2020

In mid-2019, significant changes were made to the way Personal/Carer’s Leave is accrued for employees who work non-standard hours. 

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Paid Parental Leave

16 February 2017

Do you have systems in place for Paid Parental Leave? We provide an overview of your obligations.

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CASUAL CONVERSION

Converting Casual Employees to Permanent

24 September 2018

The Fair Work Commission has handed down a new determination that will impact ACA members with regular casual employees.

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KYA_STUDENTS & GRADS

Students and Graduates of Architecture

30 August 2016

Provisions for students and graduates of architecture in the Architects Award and applicable pay rates.

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Architects Award Changes 2020

Architects Award Changes 2020

4 May 2020

The new Architects Award 2020 document came into effect on 4 May 2020. There are notable changes to six clauses. The ACA encourages all members to ensure they understand these changes and their obligations as employers in relation to them. 

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Award Changes

Temporary COVID-19 Leave Variations Announced for Modern Awards

9 April 2020

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.

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Award Modernisation

Award Modernisation

5 December 2013

Simon Hanger outlines the ACA’s role in the Award Modernisation Process, which led to the Architects Award. 

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Award update

New Model Domestic Violence Leave Clause in Awards

16 April 2018

The ACA welcomes the decision of the Fair Work Commission that a model domestic violence leave clause should be inserted into modern Awards. 

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Clerks Award

Clerks Award - An Explainer

31 July 2020

The various classifications of the Clerks Award can cause confusion. Tom Earls of Fair Work Lawyers clears up some common areas of conflict.

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Termination of Employment

Termination of Employment Clause

29 October 2018

A new award determination requires employers to pay employees within seven days of their termination of employment.

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Flexible work

Flexibility - New Award Clauses

28 November 2018

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. 

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Time off in lieu changes

Time off in Lieu - New Rules

19 March 2017

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.

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Internships legal advice

Internships - Legal Advice

12 January 2014

An employer’s legal obligations, rights and responsibilities in relation to students, work experience participants and volunteers.

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Family and Domestic Violence Leave

New Family and Domestic Violence Leave

14 December 2018

Fair Work has announced new leave entitlements, applicable from 1 August.

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Which Award for Draughtspeople?

Draughting Employees - Which Award?

10 August 2017

Which Award are draughtspeople classified under? Michael Corrigan explains. 

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2019 IR update

2019 Industrial Relations Overview

4 December 2019

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. 

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Flexible work

Right to Request Flexible Work

28 November 2018

The Modern Awards include a new clause outlining the right to request flexible work. 

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A Reminder About Unpaid 'Interns'

A Reminder About Unpaid 'Interns'

22 April 2014

The ACA is concerned to note that some architectural practices are advertising unpaid ‘internship’ positions that appear to be unlawful.

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Fair Work Information Statement

16 December 2019

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.

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2019 Award Rates

2019 Award Rates

4 May 2020

Updated Federal Industrial Awards pay rates for awards relevant to employees working in architectural practices.

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KYA_EMPLOYER CHECKLIST

Fair Work Employer Checklist

2 February 2014

Do you understand all your obligations under the national workplace relations system? 

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Clerks Award Flexibility

Clerks Award Flexibility Extended

1 October 2020

The temporary Schedule I in the Clerks Award, which allows for additional flexibility during the COVID-10 outbreak, has been extended to 30 November 2020.

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2018 Award changes

2018 Updates to Architects Award

12 December 2018

As the year draws to a close, we take a brief look at the changes made to the Architects Award this year.

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Pandemic leave

Unpaid Pandemic Leave & Annual Leave at Half Pay Extended

4 October 2020

The Fair Work Commission has extended the entitlement to unpaid pandemic leave and annual leave at half pay for many Awards to 29 March 2021.

 

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Clerks Award Flexibility

Clerks Award Flexibility

29 March 2020

The Clerks Award has been temporarily amended to enable more flexibility during the Coronavirus outbreak.

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ACA WIRE
Employee / Contractor Decision Tool

The ATO has a simple online tool to help you find out whether your worker is an employee or contractor for tax and super purposes. 

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IR Update

Industrial Relations Update

27 September 2020

This IR update relates to recent changes to two modern awards regarding payment of wages on termination, and further clarification on an Architects Award clause relating to a pay scale for the new classification of Bachelor’s Degree with a Pathway to a Master of Architecture.

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Know your employment contract

Know Your Employment Contract

25 October 2016

Michael Corrigan reminds practices of key considerations. 

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Employee or Contractor?

Employee or Contractor?

12 November 2017

Do you understand the difference between an employee and an independent contractor, and what it means for your practice?

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KYA_PERFORMANCE REVIEWS

Performance reviews

9 September 2013

How do you make performance reviews productive for both the business and the employee?

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Community Service Leave

Community Service Leave

14 January 2020

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).  

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Architects Award FAQ

Architects Award: FAQ

19 March 2018

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. 

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Changing Employees' Hours of Work

11 October 2013

Managing reducing hours of work to ensure minimum stress and maximum benefit for all.

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2018 Award pay rates

2018 Award Rates

4 June 2018

Updated Federal Industrial Awards pay rates for the Architects Award – effective from 1 July. 

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Pay rates 2020

2020 Rates of Pay

19 October 2020

The 2020 Industrial Awards pay rates for awards relevant to employees in architectural practices are applicable from 1 November 2020.

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Minimum wage

Fair Work Commission Wage Decision 2020

22 June 2020

The Fair Work Commission has increased the national minimum wage and base rates of pay in modern awards by 1.75%. There will be a staged rollout of increases, with those relevant to the Architects Award to come into effect on 1 November 2020. Fair Work Lawyers Tom Earls provides an explainer. 

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Redundancy

10 September 2012

When does redundancy occur and what are your obligations as an employer?

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Federal Budget Internship program

Federal Budget New Internship Program

19 May 2016

The 2016 Federal Budget includes an internship program. Details are scant, but the ACA is keeping a watching brief on the initiative and what it means in relation to the Architects Award.

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