MA000035  PR716603


Fair Work Act 2009

s.156—4 yearly review of modern awards

4 yearly review of modern awards—Annualised Wage Arrangements


Agricultural industry



Review of annualised salary provisions in modern awards - Pastoral Award 2010.

A. Further to the Full Bench decisions [2019] FWCFB 4368 and [2019] FWCFB 8583 issued by the Fair Work Commission, the above award is varied as follows:

1. By inserting clause 26C—Annualised wage arrangements as follows:

26C. Annualised wage arrangements

26C.1 Annualised wage instead of award provisions

(a) An employer and a full-time employee may enter into a written agreement for the employee to be paid an annualised wage in satisfaction, subject to clause 26C.1(c), of any or all of the following provisions of the award:

(b) Where a written agreement for an annualised wage agreement is entered into, the agreement must specify:

(c) If in a pay period or roster cycle an employee works any hours in excess of either of the outer limit amounts specified in the agreement pursuant to clause 26C.1(b)(iv), such hours will not be covered by the annualised wage and must separately be paid for in accordance with the applicable provisions of this award.

(d) The employer must give the employee a copy of the agreement and keep the agreement as a time and wages record.

(e) The agreement may be terminated:

26C.2 Annualised wage not to disadvantage employees

(a) The annualised wage must be no less than the amount the employee would have received under this award for the work performed over the year for which the wage is paid (or if the employment ceases or the agreement terminates earlier, over such lesser period as has been worked).

(b) The employer must each 12 months from the commencement of the annualised wage arrangement or, within any 12 month period upon the termination of employment of the employee or termination of the agreement, calculate the amount of remuneration that would have been payable to the employee under the provisions of this award over the relevant period and compare it to the amount of the annualised wage actually paid to the employee. Where the latter amount is less than the former amount, the employer shall pay the employee the amount of the shortfall within 14 days.

(c) The employer must keep a record of the starting and finishing times of work, and any unpaid breaks taken, of each employee subject to an annualised wage arrangement agreement for the purpose of undertaking the comparison required by clause 26C.2(b). This record must be signed by the employee, or acknowledged as correct in writing (including by electronic means) by the employee, each pay period or roster cycle.

26C.3 Base rate of pay for employees on annualised wage arrangements 

For the purposes of the NES, the base rate of pay of an employee receiving an annualised wage under this clause comprises the portion of the annualised wage equivalent to the relevant rate of pay in the Minimum wage provisions of either clause 28 or clause 34 or clause 40 and excludes any incentive-based payments, bonuses, loadings, monetary allowances, overtime and penalties.

2. By deleting the words “annualised salaried” and “annualised salary” wherever they appear in Schedule D—Part-day Public Holidays and inserting “annualised wage arrangement”.

3. By updating the table of contents and cross-references accordingly.

B. This determination comes into operation from 1 March 2020. In accordance with s.165(3) of the Fair Work Act 2009 these items do not take effect until the start of the first full pay period that starts on or after 1 March 2020.

al of the Fair Work Commission with the member's signature.


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