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Changes To The Surveying Award – March 2020

Published May 5, 2020 (last updated on June 27, 2024) | Adam Wyatt - Content Writer


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

What Are the Changes?

  • The Fair Work Commission has reinforced that employees who earn above the minimum award rate must be paid this higher rate when taking annual leave. Therefore you should continue to pay employees their ordinary rate of pay when they take paid annual leave.

  • You can now come to an individual agreement with an employee about the substitution of a public holiday.

  • You now must seek approval from the majority of permanent employees in the workplace or section of the workplace to change rostered days off.

 What Do I Need to Do?

  • Ensure that you pay your employee their ordinary rate of pay during a period of paid annual leave.

  • Ensure that you consult with your employees to vary award provisions, as per the facilitative provisions.

  • If you wish to vary any Award terms, contact us for further advice.

How Can Peninsula Help Me?

Not a client? If you need help understanding and implementing these changes, please contact Peninsula 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, Peninsula can help you.

Peninsula clients affected by the changes to the Surveying Award have been notified of these changes by email. Get in contact with Peninsula 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 20 March.

Has the Pay Rate Schedule changed?

Yes, the Pay Rate Schedule for the Surveying Award has changed.

Do you need help understanding these changes to the Surveying Award?

Not a client? If you do need help understanding and implementing these changes, feel free to ring Peninsula on 1300 651 415. We can give you free, initial advice on these changes to the Surveying Award.

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