This section includes a range of publicy available material on employment arrangements for your ease of use.  

On 1 January 2010 the Australian industrial relations system changed to the Fair Work system.  The Fair Work laws cover all workplaces in the national workplace relations system.

Most workplaces in Australia are in this system.  The main changes are:

  • the National Employment Standards, a set of 10 basic conditions that apply to employees in the national system.

  • most employers who were in the State systems moved into the national system.

  • 122 modern awards replaced more than 2,000 awards that applied under the different State systems.

All emloyees employed in those states then became national system employees in two groups - those employed by constitutional corporations from 1 January 2010, those employed by sole traders or partnerships, from 1 February 2011. This information contained below is focused on the Pharmacy industry and includes:

The Pharmacy Industry Award - as at 30 Dec 2013
The Pharmacy Industry Award (PIA) covers employment throughout Australia in the community pharmacy indsutry and their employees as listed in the classifications section of the PIA.  The wage rates are transitioning towards common wage rates and conditions across Australia which will come into alighment in July 2014.

The National Employment Standards - as at 10 Jan 2014

These standards contain a range of entitlements that all national system employees must have access to, regardless of which industry they are employed.

The Fair Work Information Statement - as at July 2013
A statement that all new employees need to receive that contains broad information about the Fair Work Australia Act and their entitlements.

Pharmacy Employee Checklist
A checklist to assist you in ensuring you are being paid correctly.

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