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Changes to Modern Awards

The Fair Work Commission has varied a number of awards as part of its Modern Award Review. The changes to Modern Awards affect rules about casual conversion, minimum engagement periods and rostering arrangements.

In accordance with s.156 of the Fair Work Act 2009, the Fair Work Commission must review all Modern Awards every 4 years. The reviews may result in the Commission making new Modern Awards, or varying or revoking (cancelling) current Modern Awards.

On 21 September 2018 the Fair Work Commission published its Schedule of Determinations, listing changes to a significant number of Modern Awards. These changes affect rules about casual conversion, minimum engagement periods and rostering arrangements.

The Schedule notes:

  • 83 Modern Awards have a draft determination on Casual Conversion – the right to request a full time or part time position after a certain period of employment
  • 27 Modern Awards have a draft determination on the minimum engagement period for casual employees

Changes take effect from the first full pay period on or after 1 October 2018.

Need to know more? Details of changes to Modern Awards are available in the Fair Work Commission’s Schedule of Determinations here.

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