New Year Changes To The Building & Construction Award

Published December 18, 2019 (last updated July 21, 2020) -
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*on Thursday 19 December the Fair Work Commission announced that the commencement date of the following changes has been postponed to 1 July 2020

Changes to the Building & Construction Award

The Christmas and New Year period is a time for festivities and relaxation for many. But this year, businesses who have employees under the Building & Construction Award have to ensure they’re on the ball, as there are changes coming into effect on 1 January 2020.

Specifically, the changes are allowances. 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:

  1. General building and construction industry, civil construction industry and metal and engineering construction industry—an allowance of 6% of the weekly standard rate;
  2. 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. Employsure clients will receive updated Pay Rate Schedules in due course. If you are not a client, please feel to get in contact with us.

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If you need help understanding or implementing these changes, please contact our Advice Line on 1300 651 415 or email [email protected]

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