Updated Employment Agreement Templates

5 December 2022

The ACA is delighted to release an updated version of the Employment Agreement templates to support members. This follows a plain language review of our template employment contracts with Fair Work Lawyers to ensure they are user friendly as well as legally compliant. Download today!

The ACA has recently undertaken a plain language review of our template employment contracts with the view of ensuring that they are user friendly as well as legally compliant. We are pleased to release five (5) updated contract templates. For full-time/part-time employees there is a separate contract for employees covered by the following awards:

  1. Architects Award 2020;
  2. Clerks – Private Sector Award 2020;
  3. Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award 2020; and
  4. Miscellaneous Award 2020.

The fifth template is a single Casual Employment Contract with separate schedules for each of the awards listed above.

These amended contracts update the templates in accordance with the 2020 version of the Awards. They also introduce some additional contractual concepts that enable you to implement a system which works better for your business, while also looking to simplify some of the more complex language of the existing draft.

Before using these templates, we strongly encourage you to read the contract thoroughly to ensure it meets the needs of your business. It is a template only and therefore, you may need to make amendments to suit your circumstances. Before making any amendments, you should seek legal advice to ensure you are not making any amendments that have unintended consequences. To the extent you require assistance or have any questions, you should also seek advice about how to implement the new contracts within your workplace.

To ensure you understand your obligations under the contract, it should be read in conjunction with the relevant award and the National Employment Standards. If you have any questions, please ensure that you seek legal advice.

You should also review the User Guide, which will help you understand various elements of the templates.

Several drafting notes have been added to the contract to explain some of the clauses in more detail. These drafting notes should be deleted before an employee is provided with a copy of the contract for their consideration.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to access the ACA Industrial Relations Advisory service.

The ACA Employment Agreement Templates are available to all ACA members – log in to download below. If you aren’t a member, find out more about the benefits of ACA membership here.


NOTE: Member Only Content

The Employment Agreement Templates are a project from the ACA Industrial Relations Committee. The IR Committee is currently chaired by George Theodoridis.

The most recent iterations were released in December 2022 and updated by Emma Avey and Tom Earls of Fair Work Lawyers with helpful feedback from the IR Committee. These templates were first published in 2014, with updates on 30 August 2016 and 28 July 2020.