Award, wages and conditions

The standards and workplace rights that an apprentice is entitled to.

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Award: Plumbing and Fire Sprinklers Award 2010 (MA000036)

All employees are entitled to a minimum wage (outlined below), and a set of entitlements, known as the National Employment Standards (NES).

Base hourly rate of pay

Inc. Allow: Hourly wage inclusive of all purpose allowances: Industry allowance, Plumbing Trade allowance(%), Tool allowance(%) at appropriate rates.

In some circumstances, the rates that PAV will pay apprentices may be slightly higher than the award.

Below are the rates applicable to PAV apprentices. Please note that the Award allows for lower rates of pay for apprentices who have not completed Year 12 than PAV pays.

Year
Adult Apprentice
Apprentice
  Base Inc. Allow Base Inc. Allow
1
$19.50 $20.34 $12.49 $14.03
2
$19.50 $20.34 $14.76 $16.43
3
$19.50 $20.34 $15.89 $17.63
4
$20.43 $22.42 $20.43 $22.42

Full time apprentices will be rostered to work maximum of 40 hours per week, and these hours are known as ‘Ordinary hours’. The usual system of work under this award is to accrue 0.4 hours of each day toward an RDO instead of being paid, but this can be varied by agreement.
For example, if an apprentice works a 40 hour work week, they will be paid for 38 hours, and 2 hours will be put in their RDO bank. In the fourth week, there will be enough hours banked for the apprentice to take an RDO.

Loadings
Applies
Payment
Ordinary hours 6:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday Ordinary Hours(ORD)
Ordinary hours Midnight Friday to midnight Saturday ORD +50% (Time and a half) for the first 2 hours then ORD + 100%
Ordinary hours Midnight Saturday to midnight Sunday ORD + 100% (double time)
Trade School Attendance at Trade School  on a work day ORD
Public Holiday Hours worked as part of a work week on a public holiday ORD + 150% (double and a half time)

For the purpose of this award shiftworker means an employee who works ordinary hours any shift finishing after 6:00pm and at or before 6:00am.

continuous shiftworker is defined as someone who works in a system of consecutive shifts throughout the 24 hours of each of at least 6 consecutive days without interruption, and is regularly rostered to work those shifts. Continuous shiftworkers are entitled to an extra week of annual leave per year.

Loadings
Applies
Payment
Ordinary hours Midnight Sunday to Midnight Friday for 5 consecutive shifts, with more than 48 hours notice Ordinary hours (ORD) + 33%
Ordinary hours Given less than 48hours notice, or works midnight Sunday to midnight Friday for less than 5 consecutive shifts ORD + 50% (time and a half) for the first 2 hours, them ORD + 100% (double time)
Ordinary hours Saturday ORD + 50% (time and a half) for the first 2 hours, them ORD + 100% (double time)
Ordinary hours Sunday ORD + 100%
Trade School Attendance at Trade School on a work day ORD
Public holiday Hours worked as part of a work week on a public holiday ORD + 150% (double and a half time)

If an employee is asked to stay back, or is called in on his/her off day, this is known as “overtime”.

Overtime
Payment
Work outside ordinary hours Time and a half for the first 2 hours, then Double Time. If overtime commences between midnight and commencement of ordinary hours, Double time is paid.
Saturday Time and a half for the first 2 hours, then Double Time. All hours worked after 12 noon paid at Double time. Minimum of 3 hours paid.
Sunday Double time, minimum of 4 hours paid.
Public Holidays Double time and a half, minimum of 4 hours paid.

All employees are entitled to minimum break conditions, as set out below

Breaks
Time
Conditions
Daily rest break 10 minutes (paid) Between 9-11am
Washing time 5 mines (10 mins) (paid) Immediately before lunch and before finishing time. 10 minutes if handling toxic substances
Hot/Cold work break 20 minutes (paid) Every 2 hours
Meal break 30-45 minutes (unpaid) Between noon and 1pm
Working during a meal break   Double time until the meal break is taken
Meal break (overtime after ordinary hours) 20 minutes (paid) Between normal shift and overtime if more than 2 hours overtime is to be worked. A further paid break of 30 minutes is provided if overtime continues fo more than 4 hours
Meal break (overtime on weekend and public holiday) 20 minutes (paid) After 4 hours

 

Breaks (shiftwork)
Time
Conditions
Meal break 30+ minutes Taken no more than 5 hours after the shift starts (unpaid)
Rest break 10 minutes Taken no more than 2 hours after the shift starts (paid)

For more information about other allowances which may be applicable, including all purpose allowances, and see the allowances section of the award

Allowances
Amount
Applies
Fares $11.36 per day When an employe is required to get to and from a job using own means of transport
First Aid $3.11 per day  
Meal $13.58 If working 1.5 hours or more overtime after ordinary hours. Additional amount payable for each additional 4 hours of overtime worked if meals not supplied by the employer
Motor Vehicle Allowance $0.78 per kilometre An employee who is required to use his own private motor vehicle for work purposes
Travel Time 25% of minimum hourly rate, per day Time compensation for travelling to a job, regardless of means of transport within 50km