The instruments that govern employment of staff in long day care are the Fair Work Act 2009 incorporating the National Employment Standards (NES), the Children's Services Award 2010 and the Educational Services (Teachers') Award 2010. The Awards came into effect on 1 January 2010.
Please ensure that you have a thorough knowledge of these instruments. In addition, please ensure that you have a copy of the NES and the Awards available for your staff to access as there are very heavy fines for failing to do so.
To enable you to quickly and accurately determine your employees' wage rates, ACAV provides a wage table for each of the awards (see link below). These wage tables are updated as and when required.
National Minimum Wage decision
Each year the Fair Work Commission makes a decision on whether and, if so by how much, the minimum wage should be increased. Our Wage Tables are updated annually to reflect this change. On 30 May 2019, the decision was made to increase the national minimum wage together with all Modern Award minimum rates of pay, by 3.0%. If you pay your employees at the National Minimum Wage or Modern Award rates of pay you will need to apply the increase in the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2019. Updated wage tables are available below.
Former Wage Tables
National Employment Standards
From 1 January 2010, employers and employees in the national workplace system are covered by the National Employment Standards (NES).
Under the NES, employees have certain minimum conditions. Together with pay rates in modern awards (which also generally take effect from 1 January 2010) and minimum wage orders, the NES makes up the safety net that cannot be altered to the disadvantage of the employee.
The NES include minimum entitlements to leave, public holidays, notice of termination and redundancy pay.
NES Information- Fair Work Ombudsman
Fair Work Information Statement
From 1 January 2010, this Fair Work Information Statement is to be provided to all new employees by their employer as soon as possible after the commencement of employment. The Statement provides basic information on matters that will affect employment.
Download the most current form here
Telephone Advisory Service on industrial relations matters
If you have any queries about award interpretation or your obligations towards your staff, as an ACAV member you have access to the ACAV Telephone Advisory Service operated by Australian Business Lawyers and Advisors (ABLA) a leading firm of industrial relations lawyers. You can contact them on 1300 81 77 87. You will need to quote your member number to access this service.