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Working Under An Award | Australian Employment Lawyers

Generally, Australian employees are working under an award, and are covered by either the national workplace relations system or the workplace relations system of the State or Territory in which they live. Under each system, an employee may be subject to the terms of an award or modern award, which sets out the minimum conditions of employment including the rates of pay for workers in particular industries or occupations.

For those working under an award in the national workplace relations system, the relevant law is mainly found in the Fair Work Act 2009. It is generally applicable to employees of ‘constitutional corporations’, employees in the Northern TerritoryVictoria and the Australian Capital Territory, private sector employees in certain jurisdictions including in South AustraliaNew South Wales and Queensland, and employees in the private sector or local government in Tasmania. Other employees are covered by their State of Territory system.

An employee may be subject to the terms of an award or modern award, which sets out the minimum conditions of employment including the rates of pay for workers in particular industries or occupations.
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Michelle Makela

Michelle Makela is one of our Legal Practice Directors and the National Practice Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and a Master’s in Criminology. Michelle has had a varied career, working in commercial litigation, criminal law, family law and estate planning. Michelle joined Go To Court Lawyers in 2011. She now supervises a team of over 80 solicitors across Australia.

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