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 (CSA)
- The Educational Services (Teachers') Award 2010 (ESTA)
You should know your way around these instruments, including the schedules - e.g Schedule B of the CSA which sets out indicative duties for each wage level.
You are required by law to have a copy available for your staff to be able to access if they want (electronically or printed).
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).
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 19 June 2020, the decision was made to increase the national minimum wage together with all Modern Award minimum rates of pay, by 1.75%. 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 2020. Updated wage tables are available below.
Children's Services Award 2010
Educational Services (Teachers) Award 2010
2020-21 Wage Tables
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
Free Member Telephone Advice Line - call 1300 817 787
If you have any queries about award interpretation or your obligations towards your staff, as an ACA Vic-Tas member you have access to a free Telephone Advisory Service operated by Australian Business Lawyers and Advisors (ABLA), a leading firm of industrial relations lawyers.
You can contact them on 1300 817 787. You will need to quote your member number to access this service.