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As at 31 July 1997, 949 AWAs had been approved covering 46 employers. However, the Employment Advocate has noted that a ‘significant proportion’ of AWAs which have been approved required undertakings or other action in order to pass the ‘no-disadvantage’ test.

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As at 31 July 1997, 949 AWAs had been approved covering 46 employers. However, the Employment Advocate has noted that a ‘significant proportion’ of AWAs which have been approved required undertakings or other action in order to pass the ‘no-disadvantage’ test.

The Employment Advocate has advised that many of the AWAs which have been approved have included family friendly initiatives, for example:

  • up to four weeks additional annual leave with appropriate salary adjustment (48/52 scheme);
  • aggregated sick leave, special leave and bereavement leave into 13 days entitlement to personal/carers leave, where the award has not provided for this; and
  • casual employees converting to permanent part-time, with greater job security, regular hours and accrued leave entitlements.

Finally, the Employment Advocate advises: "Employers are getting the best results with AWAs by consulting employees before they draw up their AWAs. ... The most innovative AWAs are coming from employers and employees talking about what the workers want and what the business can afford. Often employees know the best ways to reduce costs and improve work practices."

The rate of filing seems to be increasing. The Advocate also stated that there are another 1649 AWAs filed and being assessed, which cover 90 employers.

 
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