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Update to the Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2020

4 Yearly Review of Modern Awards – Annualised Wage Arrangements
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Update to the Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2020

Update to the Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2020

10 May 2022

On 7 April 2022, the Fair Work Commission issued a decision relating to an outstanding issues as part of the 4 yearly review of modern awards concerning annualised wage arrangements. The issue was identified as follows:

  • Whether annualised wage arrangements under the Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2020 (Health Professionals Award) should be available in respect of employees classified as Health Professional Levels 1-3?


What are the changes?

  • A full-time employee can agree to be paid an annual wage instead of a weekly or hourly pay rate if they are classified as:
    • Support Services levels 8 or 9
    • Health Professionals levels 2 to 4
  • An annual wage can compensate an employee for their award minimum:
    • Minimum wages
    • Allowances
    • Overtime, penalty, and shiftwork rates for a limited number of hours
    • Annual leave loading
  • The annual wage arrangement needs to be in writing and include key details highlighted in the determination (clause 21A.1(b)).
  • The employer must keep a record of the employee’s starting and finishing times, and any unpaid breaks taken. This record must be signed by the employee or acknowledged as correct in writing each pay period or pay cycle. This record is used for annual reconciliations.
  • If an employee works for more than their agreed maximum (or ‘outer limit’) overtime or penalty hours in a pay period or roster cycle, they need to be paid for the extra hours at the overtime or penalty rate in the award.
  • Employers have to undertake a reconciliation of the employee’s annual wages every 12 months after the arrangement starts or, within any 12-month period upon termination of employment. If the amount paid is less, the employer must pay the employee the difference within 14 days.


When do the changes come into effect?

The determination comes into operation from the first full pay period that starts on or after 9 May 2022.

To view the determination for the Health Professionals Award, click here


Final Decision

To view the final decision for all abovementioned Awards, click here.

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