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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 Territory, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory, private sector employees in certain jurisdictions including in South Australia, New 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.