Modern Awards

An award is an enforceable document which sets out minimum terms and conditions of employment. The Fair Work Commission bears responsibility for making and varying awards in the Australian workplace relations system.

Award modernisation is the process of reviewing and rationalising awards to create a system of ‘modern awards’. Gerard Nelson appeared before the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (the predecessor to the Fair Work Commission) on a number of occasions during the award modernisation process to make representations regarding the building services sector and funeral directing.

The first modern awards took effect from 1 January 2010. Search here for an award.

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