Site under re-construction.
New workplace laws come into effect on July 1st 2009. This site will be
updated shortly to reflect the new Fair Work laws.
These apply to employers
in Victoria unless the
employer is bound to pay more by an Australian
Industrial Relations Commission Award, Collective Agreement or
Australian Workplace Agreement.
Since the beginning of
2005, most Victorian employees have become covered by 'common rule'
which specify higher minimum conditions than the Minimum Wage
Orders. See Awards
for more detail.
Employees under Minimum
Wage Orders (MWO) are entitled to:
- a minimum hourly wage for their classification
of work for each hour worked in a working week of 38 hours
- From 1/1/04, employees
are entitled to be paid for overtime
beyond 38 hours. (The overtime hourly rate does not increase beyond the
ordinary time rate.)
- four weeks paid annual
leave per year, cumulative
- From 1/1/04, eight days paid personal leave per year,
which can be taken as sick leave,
with up to five of the eight days available to be taken as carer's leave (to care for members
of the employee's immediate family or household in the event of
illness, etc), cumulative
- From 1/1/04, two days paid bereavement leave on
the death of a member of the employee's family or household
- unpaid parental leave on the birth
or adoption of a child, and a right to work part time associated with
the birth or adoption.
- notice of termination or
compensation instead of notice
- a minimum half hour break after no more than
five hours work
- a pay slip with basic details of
- powers of inspectors to investigate
employment records and for breaches to be prosecuted
- 9% employer
contribution to superannuation
- From 1/1/04 employees
under a MWO can be stood down
if, due to circumstances beyond the employer's control, they cannot be