Modern awards are made and amended from time to time by the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) to set out minimum conditions of employment for a specific industry or job. A modern award defines things like minimum wages, overtime, employment standards, penalty rates and allowances.
Modern awards contain information about who they cover or apply to.
To find the modern award covering your public or local government sector job in Queensland, please visit the QIRC Awards Online service for all awards.
For employees covered by a certified agreement, the agreement will override the modern award to the extent of any inconsistency, and agreements generally contain conditions and entitlements that are more specific to particular workplaces than modern awards. Modern awards do not apply when a bargaining award is in place. Please visit the QIRC Certified Agreements page for Queensland public sector and local government certified agreements.
Modern awards supplement the minimum conditions of employment set out in the Queensland Employment Standards (QES), and which apply to all workers in the Queensland industrial relations jurisdiction.
The Industrial Relations Act 2016 (Qld) (the Act) requires that all modern awards:
For specific information contact your employer’s Human Resources or Industrial Relations area or your union.