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Minimum Wage review 2017 -  June 2016

The Fair Work Commission has set a new National Minimum Wage of $694.90 per week, which represents an increase of 3.3%.  The decision also affects all industrial awards minimum wage rates. The decision takes effect from the the first full pay period from 1 July 2017 

Modern Awards 4 yearly review - Feburary 2017

The Fair Work Commission continues with its review of all the new industrial awards. The review commenced in 2014 and is being conducted over 4 stages. The reviews of awards affecting commercial radio are on-going and it is likely that this process will not be concluded until towards the middle of 2017.

CRA continues to monitor developments and will be consulting with affected members once a timetable for hearing has been confirmed.   

Changes to annual leave provisions in awards - Sept 2016

The Fair Work Commssion recently handed down a decision that will lead to some significant changes to annual leave entitlements in awards affecting the industry.

In particular the decision paves the way for the following changes:

  • cashing out of up to 2 weeks annual leave entitlement per year by mutual agreement
  • granting leave in advance of the entitlement being accrued, with recovery of any outsanding monies owing at the time of termination
The Commission has not ruled on a number of other issues at this stage and is requiring further consultation on matters such as payment of annual leave on termination and "purchased leave" whereby an employee may forego remuneration for increased leave entitlements.

CRA will consult and inform members on developments as they come to hand. All award changes will be advised by Management Circular. 

Management tools & templates available to assist with employment matters - June 2016

CRA has developed a number of resources designed to assist managers to effectively manage the range of complex employment matters that arise from time to time. Members can obtain information to assist them with performance counselling, dismissal decisions, safety & workplace investigations at the link here Employment Management Resource Tools.

We continue to add more information and have recently added payroll administration information. 

For more information on any of the above items, please contact David Fuller (HR Manager) at or 02 9281 6577.


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