WA awards for common jobs

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The information on this page applies only to private sector 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. 

How to use this page

This page outlines some of the most common jobs and the relevant WA awards that apply when people are working for businesses in the state industrial relations system.  The information on this page is intended as a guide only 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. 

Wageline has WA award summaries for the 35 most common WA awards, and a summary of pay rates and entitlements for award free employees. This page provides links to these documents where appropriate. For jobs covered by WA awards that do not have a Wageline WA award summary, a link to the full award on the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission website is provided. 

Automotive spraypainter

An automotive spraypainter is likely to 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 is likely to be award free.  View the Award free employees minimum pay rates and entitlements summary.

Boilermaker

A boilermaker is likely to be covered by the Metal Trades (General) Award

Bricklayer

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

Builder's labourer

An adult builder's labourer employed on a construction site is likely to be covered by the Building Trades (Construction) Award.  A junior employee (under 20 years of age) working as a builder's labourer will be award free unless the consent of the union to engage a junior employee under the award has been obtained.

For work done not on a construction site, an adult builder's labourer may be covered by the Building Trades Award. A junior employee (under 20 years of age) working as a builder's labourer will be award free.  

Cabinet maker

A cabinet maker or installer is likely to be covered by Furniture Trades Industry Award.

Carpenter

A carpenter employed on a construction site is likely to be covered by the Building Trades (Construction) Award. For work done not on a construction site the Building Trades Award may 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:

Child care worker

Cleaner

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

Computer software technician / computer programmer / IT worker

Employees working in IT are generally award free. View the Award free employees minimum pay rates and entitlements summary. 

Counterhand

A counterhand employed in a lunch bar, cafe or fast food outlet* is likely to be covered by the Restaurant, Tearoom and Catering Workers Award. 

* Fast food businesses in the state system trading as:  Red Rooster, Pizza Hut, Hungry Jacks, KFC, Chicken Treat, Chooks Fresh and Tasty, McDonalds, Subway or Heros Pizza are covered by the Fast Food Outlets Award (links to WA Industrial Relations Commission website). 

Driver or driver assistant

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

Electrician 

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

Farm worker

A farm worker on a farm which deals with grain/fodder or livestock is likely to be covered by the Farm Employees Award. Note: this does not apply to dairy farm workers or employees working in market gardens. 

Fruit picker or packer

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

Gasfitter

A gasfitter on a construction site is likely to be covered by the Building Trades (Construction) Award. For work done not on a construction site the Building Trades Award may apply. 

Glazier

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

Guest service worker

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

Hairdresser

A hairdresser employed in a hair salon is likely to be covered by the Hairdressers Award.

Locksmith

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

Machinist

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

Painter

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

Note: The Artworkers Award applies to painters doing mainly artistic work (links to WA Industrial Relations Commission website)

Panelbeater

A panel beater at a panel beater shop is likely to be covered by the Vehicle Builders Award.

Plasterer

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

Plumber

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

    Shop assistant / storeperson

    A shop assistant / storeperson may be covered by the Shop and Warehouse (Wholesale and Retail Establishments) Award.*  Note: Coverage under this award will depend on the type of goods being sold.  
    * Please contact Wageline to clarify if this award applies to your particular circumstances.  

    Tiler - floor, wall

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

    Tiler - roof

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

    Stoneworker/mason

    A stoneworker or mason employed on a construction site is likely to be covered by the Building Trades (Construction) Award.
    For work that is not done on a construction site the Building Trades Award may apply.
    For work involving monumental masonry the Monumental Masonry Industry Award is likely to apply (links to WA Industrial Relations Commission website).

    Tree Lopper

    A tree lopper is likely to be award free.  View the Award free employees minimum pay rates and entitlements summary.

    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 likely to be 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

    Window cleaner

    A window cleaner employed by a cleaning company is likely to be covered by the Contract Cleaners Award. Otherwise, the Cleaners and Caretakers Award is likely to apply.

    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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