This information is only relevant to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system – sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trusts and some incorporated or not for profit organisations. Find out more on the Guide to who is in the WA state system page.
If you operate or are employed by a Pty Ltd business – you can find information on this topic on the Fair Work Ombudsman website.
About Wageline's WA award summaries
- In the state system, many employees are covered by a WA award. WA awards are legal documents that outline legal pay rates, allowances, working hours, and leave entitlements for employees in a particular industry or type of work.
- If an employee is covered by a WA award, the pay rates, leave entitlements, allowances and penalty rates (such as higher pay for working on the weekend or a public holiday) outlined in the WA award must be provided to the employee, and it is unlawful to provide pay rates or leave conditions below the WA award provisions.
- Each WA award summary provides information on page 2 on what industries and occupations the WA award covers, however award coverage is a complex issue. If you are unsure if a WA award applies to you or your business, visit the WA awards for common jobs page or contact Wageline to assist in determining likely award coverage.
- Wageline's WA award summaries provide pay rates and an overview of employment conditions (such as hours of work, penalty rates, overtime rates and leave provisions) for key WA awards. A 1.75% per week increase in WA award rates of pay applies from the first pay period on or after 1 January 2021.
- Visit the Minimum pay rates for award free employees page for pay rates and employment conditions if the employee is award free.
COVID-19 provisions in WA awards
- Unpaid pandemic leave and annual leave flexibility provisions are in place until 31 March 2021 (unless extended). The WA award summaries include information on these provisions and the Employment impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus page has more information.
- Temporary state system JobKeeper provisions for employers and employees who are participating in the Commonwealth JobKeeper scheme are in place until 28 March 2021 (unless extended). The WA award summaries include the new state system JobKeeper provisions, and the State system COVID-19 JobKeeper provisions page has detailed information on the provisions and the rules and requirements.
WA award summaries