IMPORTANT NOTICE – ATA Members Industrial Notice / National / 15 Jun, 2011

The Australian Trainers’ Association (ATA) has received a number of enquires concerning the accuracy about information relating to Casual Employees that was NOT issued by the ATA.

The information related to Casual Employees under the Horse and Greyhound Training Award 2010. Contrary to the advice that was not provided by the ATA, casual employees are NOT entitled to Leave or Public Holidays, which apply to full time employees. The 25% loading constitutes part of the casual employee’s all-purpose rate.

Furthermore, the rates of pay may be incorrect for some Trainers (Employers) as they refer to the previous state-based Award, where the new award rates are phased in. This only applies to Employers that were bound by the State Award. Many Employers where bound to the previous Federal Award (Horse Training Industry Award), through various means and do not have the phase in period available to state based awards respondents.

To ensure that you are paying the correct amount and not be subject to underpayment claims, it is recommended that you apply the minimum wage rates as provided by the ATA - Horse and Greyhound Training Award 2010 “Minimum Wage Rates”. Any member seeking clarification is welcome to contact Industrial Relations Manager, Wayne Lee at the ATA head Office (03) 9372 1688.

PLEASE NOTE : Following Fair Work Australia’s recent ruling for a wage increase for minimum wage workers, a new increased Wage Rates for Stablehands will be forwarded shortly to Members. The wage rise comes into effect from July 1, 2011.