Building and Construction Award Allowance Changes Pushed Back To 1 July

Published December 19, 2019 (last updated July 17, 2020) -

Changes to the Building and Construction Award, previously scheduled to commence on 1 January 2020, have now been postponed to 1 July 2020.

The Fair Work Commission made the announcement on Thursday 19 December.

This means that the previously communicated changes to the Building and Construction Award will not have to be implemented until the newly arranged commencement date of 1 July 2020.

The changes are as follows:

The majority of disability allowances have been deleted from the award, to be replaced by an enhanced industry allowance. This enhanced industry allowance will also replace the existing industry and special allowance in the award.

What’s Changed?

The enhanced industry allowance will be as follows:

  • General building and construction industry, civil construction industry and metal and engineering construction industry—an allowance of 6% of the weekly standard rate;
  • Residential building and construction industry—an allowance of 8% of the weekly standard rate.

What Do You Need To Do?

Implement the updated allowance increases on the first pay period on or after 1 July 2020. Employsure clients will receive updated Pay Rate Schedules before the commencement date.

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