Awards cover a whole industry or occupation and, together with the National Employment Standards (NES), provide a safety net of minimum pay rates and employment conditions. Enterprise agreements can be tailored to meet the needs of particular businesses.
Enterprise agreements are agreements made at an enterprise level between an employer and its employees about the terms and conditions of their employment.
There are a number of terms that may be included in an enterprise agreement. These include terms relating to:
- ordinary hours
- rates of pay
- penalty rates and overtime
- deductions authorised by an employee, and
- the operation of the agreement.