WA awards for common jobs

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The information on this page applies only to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trust arrangements as well as any incorporated associations or not for profit bodies that are not trading or financial corporations.  The Guide to who is in the WA State System has more detail.

This information does not apply to any business which operates as a Pty Ltd business and is a trading or financial corporation nor to any incorporated association or not for profit body that is a trading or financial corporation. These businesses and organisations are in the national fair work system and should visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website for information on employment laws. 

The information listed below is intended as a guide and may not be correct for your specific situation. It is recommended that you contact Wageline for further information about the WA award that applies to you. 

The links to awards on this page are to the relevant Wageline WA award summary which outlines pay rates and major employment conditions only. For information on all award requirements that apply to a job, view the full copy of the relevant WA award on the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission website. 

Automotive spraypainter

An automotive spraypainter will be covered by the Vehicle Builders Award

Barperson

There are several WA awards covering the work of a barperson. The award that applies will depend on the type of business:

Beauty therapist

A beauty therapist will be award free and covered by the Minimum conditions of employment 

Boilermaker

A boilermaker will be covered by the Metal Trades (General) Award

Bricklayer

A bricklayer employed on a construction site will be covered by the Building Trades (Construction) Award. For work done not on a construction site the Building Trades Award will apply. 

Builder's labourer

A builder's labourer employed on a construction site will be covered by the Building Trades (Construction) Award, unless they are under 21 years of age in which case they are award free and covered by the Minimum conditions of employment. 

For work done not on a construction site, a builder's labourer will be covered by the Building Trades Award, unless they are under 21 years of age in which case they are award free and covered by the Minimum conditions of employment

Cabinet maker

A cabinet maker or installer will be covered by Furniture Trades Industry Award.

Carpenter

A carpenter employed on a construction site will be covered by the Building Trades (Construction) Award. For work done not on a construction site the Building Trades Award will apply. 

Chef, Cook, Kitchenhand

There are several WA awards covering the work of a chef, cook or kitchenhand. The award that applies will depend on the type of business:

Cleaner

There are several WA awards covering the work of a cleaner. The award that applies will depend on the type of business:

Counterhand

A counterhand employed in a lunch bar or cafe will be covered by the Restaurant, Tearoom and Catering Workers Award.

Driver or driver assistant

There are several WA awards covering the work of a driver or driving assistant. The award that applies will depend on the type of business:

Electrician 

The WA award which applies to an electrician depends on the kind of business:

Farm worker

A farm worker on a farm which deals with grain/fodder or livestock will be covered by the Farm Employees Award.

Fruit picker or packer

A fruit picker or packer employed on an orchard or in a processing plant or shed will be covered by the Fruit Growing and Fruit Packing Industry Award.

Gasfitter

A gasfitter on a construction site will be covered by the Building Trades (Construction) Award

Glazier

A glazier employed on a construction site will be covered by the Building Trades (Construction) Award. For work done not on a construction site the Building Trades Award will apply. 

Guest service worker

Someone working in guest services at a hotel will be covered by the Hotel and Tavern Workers Award. Otherwise it will be the Motel, Hostel, Service Flats and Boarding House Workers Award.

Hairdresser

A hairdresser employed in a hair salon will be covered by the Hairdressers Award.

Locksmith

A locksmith may be covered by the Metal Trades (General) Award.

Machinist

A machinist in metal fabrication will be covered by the Metal Trades (General) Award.

Maitre'd

There are several WA awards covering the work of a maitre'd. The award that applies will depend on the type of business:

Mechanic (Automotive and Motorcycle)

A mechanic for an automotive repair shop will be covered by the Metal Trades (General) Award.

Painter

A painter employed on a construction site will be covered by the Building Trades (Construction) Award. For work that is done not on a construction site the Building Trades Award will apply. 

Panelbeater

A panel beater at a panel beater shop will be covered by the Vehicle Builders Award.

Plasterer

A plasterer employed on a construction site will be covered by the Building Trades (Construction) Award. For work not on a construction site, the Building Trades Award will apply. 

Plumber

A plumber employed on a construction site will be covered by the Building Trades (Construction) Award. For work that is not done on a construction site, the Building Trades Award will apply. 

Receptionist/clerical employee

There are several WA awards covering the work of a receptionist or clerical employee. The award that applies will depend on the type of business:

    * Please contact Wageline to clarify if this award applies to your business. 

    Tiler - floor, wall

    A tiler employed on a construction site will be covered by the Building Trades (Construction) Award. For work that is not done on a construction site, the Building Trades Award will apply.

    Tiler - roof

    A roof tiler employed on a construction site will be covered by the Building Trades (Construction) Award. For work that is not done on a construction site, the Building Trades Award will apply. 

    Stoneworker/mason

    A stoneworker or mason employed on a construction site will be covered by the Building Trades (Construction) Award. For work that is not done on a construction site the Building Trades Award will apply. 

    Tree Lopper

    A tree lopper is award free and covered by the Minimum conditions of employment

    Trolley collector

    A trolley collector employed by a trolley collection contractor will be covered by the Contract Cleaners Award.

    Vineyard worker

    Grape harvesting or other vineyard work is covered by the Wine Industry Award.

    Wait staff

    There are several WA awards covering the work of wait staff. The award that applies will depend on the type of business:

    Welder

    A welder will be covered by the Metal Trades (General) Award.

      Window cleaner

      A window cleaner employed by a cleaning company will be covered by the Contract Cleaners Award.

      Record keeping

      All state system employers are legally required to keep employment records that detail time worked, leave taken and pay received by employees.

      Learn more on the record keeping requirements page

       

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