As businesses gear up for the end of financial year push and payroll is focused on group certificates and closing off another payroll year, it is important to remember that the National Wage Case is again under review and core Award wage rates are likely to change shortly, effective 1st July 2013. ACAPMA actively engages with this review process and will again be circulating the results to members when the decisions are handed down in late June. Now is the time for members to sign up their payroll and workplace relations staff to receive the invaluable ACAPMA Quick Reference Guides on Awards, to ensure that members receive the latest information as soon as it is released.

National Wage Case

Each year the Fair Work Commission reviews the cost of living, economy wide productivity indicators and the general health of the Australian economy to determine if the minimum wage rates set in the Awards are commensurate with a living wage. While not all National Wage Cases result in an increase in the minimum wage, most do.

Any changes to the minimum wage have flow on effects to the wage rates in all of the Modern Awards, and come into effect for the first pay period on or after 1 July 2013.

ACAPMA Quick Reference Guides

Each year ACAPMA produces Quick Reference Guides on the three main Awards for the downstream petroleum industry:

  • The Road Transport and Distribution Award 2010 for fuel tanker drivers
  • The Vehicle Manufacturing Repair Services and Retail Award 2010 for console operators, roadhouse and driveway attendants
  • The Clerks Private Sector Award 2010 for clerical staff

These Quick Reference Guides provide permanent and casual rates as well as information on common allowances and the structure of penalty rates within each award and are a no-nonsese guide to the key elements of the Awards.

The Quick Reference Guides for 2013/2014 financial year will be released late in June, when the results of the National Wage Case have been released and the new rates can be incorporated.

Register now so you don’t miss out

The ACAPMA Quick Reference Guides will be sent to the Principle members upon their release, however, members are encouraged to have the responsible persons in their business, such as payroll or workplace relations managers, register to receive these Guides on their release, to ensure that the people responsible receive the information in a timely fashion.

To register your people to receive the ACAPMA Quick Reference Guides and other key workplace relations information please click here.

Here to Help

ACAPMA members are reminded that the ACAPMAlliance Workplace Relations Professionals are available to assist with wages and Awards. For more information just call 1300 160 270.

HR Highlights are things to consider, implement and watch out for in your business. They are provided as general advice and you should seek further advice on your situation by calling 1300 160 270 and speaking to one of the ACAPMA Workplace Relations Professionals its free for members. ACAPMA membership is affordable at only $550 per year for a single site and valuable with sites gaining HR advice support and representation as well as a raft of other benefits and discounts. Click here to learn more about ACAPMA membership.

Elisha Radwanowski
BCom (HRM & IR)
Workplace Services