INDUSTRIAL UPDATE – Modern Awards and the National Employment Standards (NES)

Modern Awards, like the Horse & Greyhound Training Award 2010, started on 1 January 2010 and cover most workplaces.

Modern awards apply on top of the National Employment Standards (NES).


The National Employment Standards (NES) provides a safety net for all employees’ covered by the national workplace relations system.

The Horse & Greyhound Training Award 2010 (HGTA) often refers to clauses that are provided for in the NES.

The NES underpins modern awards, enterprise agreements and employment contracts. These may contain extra terms of entitlements, but can’t remove or reduce employees’ rights under the NES.

The 10 National Employment Standards are:

1. Maximum weekly hours of work.

2. Request for flexible working arrangements.

3. Unpaid parental leave and related entitlements.

4. Annual Leave.

5. Personal / carer’s leave and compassionate leave.

6. Community service leave.

7. Long service leave (LSL).

8. Public holidays.

9. Notice of termination and redundancy pay.

10. Provision of a Fair Work information Statement (FWIS) – employers must provide this statement to all new employees.

CLICK HERE to download a copy of the Fair Work Information Statement.

CLICK HERE to download a copy of the National Employment Standards (NES).

Note : There are rules about how and when the NES apply.

The ATA’s Industrial Relations Manager is contactable on (03) 9372 1688 should Members require further assistance.

Information in this Industrial Update was sourced through the Fair Work Handbook and Fair Work Ombudsman’s website

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