AIRC moves to stage 3 of award modernisation

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AIRC moves to stage 3 of award modernisation

The AIRC has published a list of the modernised awards to be dealt with in stage 3, the largest stage of the process.

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The AIRC has published a list of the modernised awards to be dealt with in stage 3, the largest stage of the process.
 
On 3 September 2008, the Commission published a list of the awards to be dealt with in this stage, but that has since been amended, mainly to include industries or parts of industries not dealt with in earlier stages.
 
Additions
 
The additions to the list are licensed and registered clubs, off-shore island resorts and the vehicle manufacturing industry.
 
Commercial travellers have also been added to wholesale and retail trade (wholesale), and the asphalt and bitumen industry will be dealt with in conjunction with cement and concrete products.
 
Uranium mining (provisional) which was to be part of Stage 3 has been dealt with in the priority stage and is covered by the Mining Industry Award 2010.
 
NAPSAs
 
Lists of awards and Notional Agreements Preserving State Awards (NAPSAs) potentially relevant to each of the industries or occupations have been prepared by the Award Modernisation Team of the Registry. The lists identify enterprise awards and enterprise NAPSAs separately.
 
The Commission says all of the lists, including the lists of enterprise awards and NAPSAs, are ‘tentative and open to revision’.
 
Furthermore the lists are indicative only and some awards may appear on more than one list. Interested parties will have the opportunity to put their views as to appropriate coverage in the modern awards system during the consultations.
 
Timetable
 
The Commission said that as stage 3 is the biggest stage of the process, it has amended its timetable for consultations.
 
This is because of the 39 industries and occupations to be dealt with, and in the light of the number of industries and occupations and the experience with award modernisation to date.
 
The Commission will sit for an additional week during both the pre-drafting consultations and the exposure draft consultations.
 
The closing date for lodging written submissions, drafts and other proposals concerning the scope, content and transitional arrangements for stage three modern awards is now 6 March.
 
Consultations
 
Pre-drafting consultations will be held in Melbourne on 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 March.
 
The closing date for publication of exposure drafts of stage 3 awards is 22 May; and 12 June the closing date for lodging written comments on the exposure drafts.
 
The full bench will then sit in Melbourne from 22–26 June, and in Sydney from 29–30 June and 1–3 July for final consultation in relation to exposure drafts, with 4 September the final date for making stage 3 modern awards.
 
 
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