Money

Help with money

How much should you be paid?

How can you find out about wages and pay levels?

Pay rates for many employees changed on 1 July 2010 – where their modern award has transitional arrangements. Pay rates (including loadings and penalties) under these modern awards will continue to change as the modern award rates of pay are phased in over a period of years.

Your boss has to pay you under an Award.

Modern Awards cover most workplaces. Modern Awards were created to establish one set of minimum conditions for employers and employees across Australia who work in the same industries or occupations.

Modern awards do not apply to an employer who is bound by an enterprise award. An enterprise award regulates the terms and conditions of employment only in the single business specified in that award.

Your Award will cover:

  • base rates of pay, including piecework rates
  • types of employment (e.g. full-time, part-time, casual)
  • overtime and penalty rates
  • work arrangements (e.g. rosters, variations to working hours)
  • annualised wage or salary arrangements
  • allowances (e.g. travel allowances)
  • leave, leave loading and taking leave
  • superannuation
  • procedures for consultation, representation and dispute settlement
  • outworkers
  • an industry-specific redundancy scheme.

Modern Awards must also include a procedure for settling disputes about matters covered by the award or the National Employment Standards.

The FairWork Ombudsman’s website has a handy tool called PayCheck. It lets you calculate the base rates of pay for a particular job. It takes into account the modern award classification and the corresponding pre-modern award classification and automatically factors in changes resulting from Fair Work Australia’s annual wage review.
You’ll find your Award listed on your Training Contract or you could look at http://www.fairwork.gov.au/awards/pages/default.aspx

Follow this link to view the 37 Modern Awards to including employment conditions relating to Apprentices, Trainees and Juniors as at 17 December 2014.[LINK TO GO HERE]

 

Or ring Fair Work Infoline as part of the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94

Will you be paid for the time on the job?

Yes, you will be paid while you undertake supervised training

Supervised training is commonly referred to as on or off-the-job training delivered by your training organisation. Under the requirements of the training contract, all employers must release their apprentice or trainee from work and pay the appropriate wage to attend any off-the-job training (including assessment) as provided for in the training plan.

Please note that school-based apprentices and trainees may not be paid for this time with the training organisation.

 

Or ring Fair Work Infoline as part of the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94

Further financial support

While there are some costs involved in completing an apprenticeship or traineeship, financial support may be available to help with these costs. For example, Trade Support Loans. [LINK TO FOR JOB SEEKERS FINANCIAL SUPPORT – http://www.megt.com.au/JobSeekers/AboutApprenticeships/Pages/support_for_apprentices.aspx]

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has put together a webinar and video on helping organise finances for getting a car and moving out of home. Check out  https://www.moneysmart.gov.au/life-events-and-you/under-25s

Please note that school-based apprentices and trainees may not be paid for this time with the training organisation.

 

Or ring Fair Work Infoline as part of the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94

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