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Changes To The Road Transport And Distribution Award – May 2020

Published May 11, 2020 (last updated July 22, 2020) -
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The Fair Work Commission has recently clarified the way some Award provisions apply, and made minor amendments to the Road Transport and Distribution Award itself.

What are the changes?

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 has changed from 2010 to 2020, it is now called the Road Transport and Distribution 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.
  • The facilitative provision which summarises which clauses can be varied between employer and employee/s has been updated with some additions, but most notably, the travel allowance is no longer allowed to be varied by mutual agreement under this Award.
  • 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 651 415 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 and Distribution Award have been notified of these changes by email. Get in contact with Employsure if you have any trouble understanding or implementing these changes.

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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 and Distribution Award has changed.

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