4 Yearly Modern Awards Review: What's Been Updated?

4 Yearly Modern Awards Review: What’s Been Updated?


3 June 2020

IN BRIEF: In 2014 the Fair Work Commission began its 4 yearly review of Modern Awards. In addition to substantive variations made during the process – which CCER advised members on as they arose – several Awards have been subject to a process of re-drafting to address structural issues and to apply plain-English principles.

New versions of the following Awards incorporating these changes are applicable from the indicated dates:

Modern Award Effective Date
Banking, Finance and Insurance Award 2020 4 February 2020
Cemetery Industry Award 2020 4 February 2020
Clerks—Private Sector Award 2020 29 May 2020
Educational Services (Post-Secondary Education) Award 2020 13 April 2020
Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award 2020 29 May 2020
Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2020 18 June 2020
Higher Education Industry—General Staff—Award 2020 4 May 2020
Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2020 29 May 2020
Journalists Published Media Award 2020 18 June 2020
Labour Market Assistance Industry Award 2020 4 May 2020
Miscellaneous Award 2020 18 June 2020


What Should Employers do?

When referring to specific clauses within an Award – in either formal documentation or in discussions with employees – employers should ensure they refer to the version of the Award that’s in force at the time.

Some employers prefer to print and mark copies of their Award for reference. In this case, we recommend that you replace those with a copy of the new version.

Links to the updated Awards will continue to be available through the CCER website when they become effective.


If you would like more information about the above, please contact our Employment Relations Specialists on 9390 5255 or email enquiry@ccer.catholic.org.au.

Disclaimer: CCER does not give legal advice and this information should not be taken as such.

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