AFEI's role in Award Modernisation

AFEI has continuously represented member interests in modern awards throughout 2008 and 2009. No other employer body has been as intensively involved in as many modern awards, as our membership extends across most industries and occupations. Consequently we had extensive discussions with our members and affiliated associations to assess the impact of specific award provisions, frequent appearances before the Commission in Sydney and Melbourne and made over 200 written submissions about the effect of modern awards on our members’ operations.

This level of involvement has provided AFEI with a specialised understanding of the operation and coverage of modern Awards in the new Fair Work industrial relations system.

What we did throughout the process

We put forward our propositions on the appropriate coverage and content of modern awards. Once the exposure draft award was published, we identified the specific features in the draft awards that will increase costs for employers or present other problems. We argued that for each award, the AIRC should consider in detail what the new provisions will cost employers, their operative effect and the adverse impact they may have on job creation.

Please contact us to discuss your modern awards and how they are to be applied in your workplace.

AFEI Commentary on modern awards

  1. Article - 'Higher modern award rates "absorbed" into overaward pay' in the Adviser (Nov 2010)
  2. Article - 'Division 2B state awards' in the Adviser (Nov 2010)
  3. Feature article - 'Take-home pay orders—employee options strengthened' in the Adviser (May 2010).
  4. Feature article - 'Clerks—Private Sector Award' in the Adviser (April 2010).
  5. Q & A - 'Modern award Q&A' in the Adviser (March 2010).
  6. Feature article - 'Final stage of modern awards' in the Adviser (February 2010).
  7. Feature article - 'Irreconcilable objective in modern awards—no increase in cost for employers and no disadvantage to employees' in the Adviser (September 2009).
  8. Feature article - 'Modern awards—restaurant and catering industry' in the Adviser (July 2009).
  9. News item - 'Award modernisation: AFEI transition submissions' in the Adviser (June 2009).
  10. Feature article - 'Award Modernisation - cost increases ahead' in the Adviser (May 2009).
  11. Feature article - 'Award Modernisation marches on' in the Adviser (March 2009).
  12. Feature article - 'Why it won’t all come out in the wash: Modern Awards and the end of stage 1' in the Adviser (February 2009).
  13. Feature article - 'What is Happening in Modern Awards' in the Adviser (November 2008).
  14. Special Edition of the Adviser (October 2008) offers commentary and analysis on 'Forward With Fairness' and 'Fair Work Australia'.

AFEI Submissions