In Australia there are minimum conditions of employment called the National Employment Standards (NES). Every employee must receive these minimum standards. Industry awards, enterprise agreements and common law contracts also form legally enforceable terms and conditions of employment over and above the NES minimums. It’s important you understand each of these and how they interact to create your individual terms of employment.

The following fact sheets provide an overview of what your rights and obligations at work are, and how the law protects your legal minimum terms and conditions.

These fact sheets are offered for information only, and should not be considered as legal advice in any circumstances.

Below you’ll also find the new Award rates, which came into effect on 1 July 2017.

Rates of pay

Adult

Full-time & part-time Classification

Weekly pay rate

Hourly pay rate

Public holiday

Overtime

Level 1 – graduate of architecture – entry $945.00 $24.87 $37.31 $37.31
Level 1 – graduate of architecture – 1st pay point $994.90 $26.18 $39.27 $39.27
Level 1 – graduate of architecture – 2nd pay point $1,044.80 $27.49 $41.24 $41.24
Level 2(a) – experienced graduate of architecture $1,092.50 $28.75 $43.13 $43.13
Level 2(b) – registered architect – entry $1,092.50 $28.75 $43.13 $43.13
Level 2(b) – registered architect – 1st pay point $1,126.30 $29.64 $44.46 $44.46
Level 2(b) – registered architect – 2nd pay point $1,160.10 $30.53 $45.80 $45.80

 

Casual Classification

Hourly pay rate

Public holiday

Overtime

Level 1 – graduate of architecture – entry $31.09 $37.31 $37.31
Level 1 – graduate of architecture – 1st pay point $32.73 $39.27 $39.27
Level 1 – graduate of architecture – 2nd pay point $34.36 $41.24 $41.24
Level 2(a) – experienced graduate of architecture $35.94 $43.13 $43.13
Level 2(b) – registered architect – entry $35.94 $43.13 $43.13
Level 2(b) – registered architect – 1st pay point $37.05 $44.46 $44.46
Level 2(b) – registered architect – 2nd pay point $38.16 $45.80 $45.80

 

Student of Architecture

Full-time & part-time Classification

Hourly pay rate

Public holiday

Overtime

Under 21 years of age – first 13 weeks of employment $8.70 $13.05 $13.05
Under 21 years of age – next 13 weeks of employment (14 – 26 weeks) $12.44 $18.66 $18.66
Under 21 years of age – next 26 weeks of employment (27 – 52 weeks) $16.17 $24.26 $24.26
Under 21 years of age – 2nd year of experience $17.41 $26.12 $26.12
Under 21 years of age – 3rd year of experience $18.65 $27.98 $27.98
Under 21 years of age – 4th year of experience $21.14 $31.71 $31.71
Under 21 years of age – 5th year of experience $22.38 $33.57 $33.57
Under 21 years of age – 6th year of experience $23.63 $35.45 $35.45
21 years of age and over – less than 3 years experience $18.29 $27.44 $27.44
21 years of age and over – 3rd year of experience $18.65 $27.98 $27.98
21 years of age and over – 4th year of experience $21.14 $31.71 $31.71
21 years of age and over – 5th year of experience $22.38 $33.57 $33.57
21 years of age and over – 6th year of experience $23.63 $35.45 $35.45

 

Casual Classification

Hourly pay rate

Public holiday

Overtime

Under 21 years of age – first 13 weeks of employment $10.88 $13.05 $13.05
Under 21 years of age – next 13 weeks of employment (14 – 26 weeks) $15.55 $18.66 $18.66
Under 21 years of age – next 26 weeks of employment (27 – 52 weeks) $20.21 $24.26 $24.26
Under 21 years of age – 2nd year of experience $21.76 $26.12 $26.12
Under 21 years of age – 3rd year of experience $23.31 $27.98 $27.98
Under 21 years of age – 4th year of experience $26.43 $31.71 $31.71
Under 21 years of age – 5th year of experience $27.98 $33.57 $33.57
Under 21 years of age – 6th year of experience $29.54 $35.45 $35.45
21 years of age and over – less than 3 years experience $22.86 $27.44 $27.44
21 years of age and over – 3rd year of experience $23.31 $27.98 $27.98
21 years of age and over – 4th year of experience $26.43 $31.71 $31.71
21 years of age and over – 5th year of experience $27.98 $33.57 $33.57
21 years of age and over – 6th year of experience $29.54 $35.45 $35.45

Allowances

Allowance

Rate

Equipment reimbursement reimbursement for the cost of purchasing equipment such as drawing boards, paraline or drafting machines, paper, pencils, leads, colours, inks and wearable parts of pens and pencils
Excess travel costs allowance – not overnight – working away from usual workplace an allowance equivalent to all daily fares more than the normal fares to and from home to work
Meal allowance – working away from usual workplace – air travel $9.15 for each meal period occurring during travel
Overnight expenses allowance – working away from usual workplace an allowance equivalent to all reasonable expenses
Permanent transfer of employee allowance an allowance equivalent to travelling fares, temporary lodging costs and cost of transporting the family from the old to the new residence
Protective / special clothing allowance reimbursement for the cost of the protective clothing
Training and professional development reimbursement reimbursement for the cost of attending a conference or similar or undertaking a training course
Travel allowance – working away from usual workplace an allowance to cover appropriate travel arrangements
Travelling time allowance – working away from usual workplace payment at the minimum hourly rate for time spent in travel in excess of normal travel time from home to work
Vehicle allowance $0.78 per km

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