Awards and Agreements establish the conditions of employment for employees covered by them. They are legally binding and enforceable before the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) and Industrial Magistrate.
Awards outline the minimum conditions of employment and operate as a safety net. Agreements are collective agreements establishing further conditions of employment and entitlements for specific employees and their employers.
Agreements are negotiated between unions and employers on a more regular basis (generally every 2 or 3 years) and registered by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission. Once registered, the Agreement’s provisions apply to all employees in the workplace who perform work covered by the industrial agreement.
It is important to read both the relevant Agreement and the Award for the specific occupational group to understand an employee’s full entitlements. As a general rule an Agreement overrides an Award if they both contain clauses covering the same condition of employment and are contradictory.
The following tables provide an overview of the industrial instruments applicable to Department employees.
|Occupational group||Award*||General Agreement*|
|Teachers, school administrators, education officers, school psychologists, swimming instructors||Teachers (Public Sector Primary and Secondary Education) Award 1993||The School Education Act Employees’ (Teachers and Administrators) General Agreement 2014|
All wages employees have an entitlement to district allowance pursuant to the District Allowance (Government Wages Employees) General Agreement 2010
All salaried employees have an entitlement to district allowance pursuant to the District Allowance (Government Officers) General Agreement 2010.
* All Awards and Agreements can be found on the website of the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC)