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Changes To The Road Transport (Long Distance Operations) Award

Published March 06, 2018 (last updated June 25, 2020) Author: Employsure
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The Fair Work Commission has recently introduced part-time employment to the Road Transport (Long Distance Operations) Award, which take effect from Monday 4 May 2020.

What Has Changed? 

The Fair Work Commission has recently clarified the way some Award provisions apply, and made minor amendments to the Award itself, including:

  • The year in the Award name will change from 2010 to 2020. It will now be called the Road Transport (Long Distance Operations) Award 2020.
  • The Pay Rate Schedule has been updated to reflect the new 2020 version of the Award. Some rates of pay may have changed by one or two cents.
  • A new clause which summarises the provisions where agreements can be made with individual employees to vary terms and conditions of their employment.
  • Grades 1 and 2 are no longer applicable in this award and as such, these grades have been reclassified to Grade 3 and 4. As a result, the other grades have now changed, for example Grade 8 is now Grade 10. The change to the Grades has not affected the rates of pay.
  • The payment of wages at the expiration of the week has now been extended from 2 days to 4 business days in the week that they accrue.
  • In the articles of clothing allowance is now available to all employees.

The Award has reinforced that employees who earn above the Award minimum rate must be paid this higher rate when taking annual leave.

What Do I Need to Do?

  • Check your rates of pay to ensure you are meeting your minimum pay obligations outlined in the attached Pay Rate Schedule.
  • If you wish to vary any Award terms or currently have an agreement in place which varies the travel allowance, please contact us for further advice.
  • If you pay above the award, you should continue to pay employees their ordinary rate when they take paid annual leave.

How Can Employsure Help Me?

Not a client? If you need help understanding and implementing these changes, please contact Employsure on 1300 207 182 and we can give you free, initial advice on this topic. If you’d like more help implementing these changes in your business and are interested in ongoing support, Employsure can help you.

Employsure clients affected by the changes to the Road Transport (Long Distance Operations) Award have been notified of these changes by email. Get in contact with Employsure if you have any trouble understanding or implementing these changes.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When did these changes come into effect?

    These changes came into effect on Monday 4 May.

  • Has the Pay Rate Schedule changed?

    Yes, the Pay Rate Schedule for the Road Transport (Long Distance Operations) Award has changed.

  • Do you need help understanding these changes to the Road Transport (Long Distance Operations) Award?

    Not a client? If you do need help understanding and implementing these changes, feel free to ring Employsure on 1300 207 182. We can give you free, initial advice on these changes to the Road Transport (Long Distance Operations) Award.

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