How to Understand the Manufacturing Award in Australia

Rosie Ramirez

20 June 2019    |   

The manufacturing industry presently accounts for 6% of Australia’s economy. It produces a wide range of products including food, beverages, tobacco, textiles, chemicals, machinery, and furniture. Despite a recent slowdown, industry prospects are looking up. The latest quarterly survey of industrial trends found 28% of manufacturers expect their business to ultimately improve over the next six months. But the industry is facing challenges, the most significant of which is managing talent. That begins with accurate and reliable payroll that balances labour expenses with profits. So what is the manufacturing award in Australia? What is the Manufacturing Award? The Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award 2010 outlines the award for this industry. It covers all employers and employees throughout Australia who are involved in any manufacturing-related work. Examples of these occupations are engineering and manufacturing tradespersons and apprentices, laboratory technicians and testers, and locksmiths. Classifications and minimum award rates for an adult employee can be found below. However, there are exceptions that need to be taken into account. Using the manufacturing award is not always as easy as it appears. Read more: Australian Manufacturing Back on Track: How to ride the sector’s trends Manually computing manufacturing award rates Many business owners and managers manually compute manufacturing award rates through the P.A.C.T. Pay and Conditions Tool. Through this website, you can look up the award rates for your employees based on their occupation. You can also use the leave, notice and redundancy, and shift calculators. The more staff you have, the more difficult it gets. Any manager can make mistakes with computing manufacturing award rates. And these mistakes can be costly. For example, inaccurate wages can result in lawsuits, even when they just stem from clerical errors. That’s why many organisations automate the process. Read more: Taking Back Time: Solving the enduring wage theft problem in Australia Using a manufacturing wage calculator Australia Manually computing the pay of your employees is not efficient. Try our free wage calculator Australia to see how automation can make this process go faster. This free calculator computes the total number of hours worked and wage for your staff with break times considered. Just fill in the table with your staff’s details such as shift start, shift end, and hourly rate. However, this wage calculator Australia only works for the simplest of cases. Anything more complicated than this requires the complete award rates interpretation software. This engine can automate your wage calculations, whether you’re on one of our built-in award templates or have a custom EBA. You can use this for free for 14 days, no credit card required. Read more: The last financial year in key feature releases Complete award rates interpretation now available Still on the fence about automating your award rates? Our award engine can automate compliant rostering and payroll for any business, including base rates, overtime, allowances, and higher duties. All managed awards have built-in base rates that sync with payroll and update on staff birthdays or when Fair Work mandates change. You won’t even need to keep up with changes in award rates because we do that for you. We also automatically create and maintain the relevant pay items and base rates in your payroll system to ensure staff are always paid accurately. Take advantage of the manufacturing sector’s positive prospects and try our manufacturing award rates engine today! Want to get your manufacturing award interpretation and award rates right, every time? Use our wage calculator Australia or start your free 14-day trial now to access all our workforce success features! No credit card required.

The manufacturing industry presently accounts for 6% of Australia’s economy. It produces a wide range of products including food, beverages, tobacco, textiles, chemicals, machinery, and furniture. Despite a recent slowdown, industry prospects are looking up. The latest quarterly survey of industrial trends found 28% of manufacturers expect their business to ultimately improve over the next six months. But the industry is facing challenges, the most significant of which is managing talent. That begins with accurate and reliable payroll that balances labour expenses with profits. So what is the manufacturing award in Australia?

What is the Manufacturing Award?

The Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award 2010 outlines the award for this industry. It covers all employers and employees throughout Australia who are involved in any manufacturing-related work. Examples of these occupations are engineering and manufacturing tradespersons and apprentices, laboratory technicians and testers, and locksmiths. Classifications and minimum award rates for an adult employee can be found below. However, there are exceptions that need to be taken into account. Using the manufacturing award is not always as easy as it appears.

Manufacturing classifications and minimum award rates

Read more: Australian Manufacturing Back on Track: How to ride the sector’s trends

Manually computing manufacturing award rates

Many business owners and managers manually compute manufacturing award rates through the P.A.C.T. Pay and Conditions Tool. Through this website, you can look up the award rates for your employees based on their occupation. You can also use the leave, notice and redundancy, and shift calculators. The more staff you have, the more difficult it gets. Any manager can make mistakes with computing manufacturing award rates. And these mistakes can be costly. For example, inaccurate wages can result in lawsuits, even when they just stem from clerical errors. That’s why many organisations automate the process.

Read more: Taking Back Time: Solving the enduring wage theft problem in Australia

Using a manufacturing wage calculator Australia

Manually computing the pay of your employees is not efficient. Try our free wage calculator Australia to see how automation can make this process go faster. This free calculator computes the total number of hours worked and wage for your staff with break times considered. Just fill in the table with your staff’s details such as shift start, shift end, and hourly rate.

However, this wage calculator Australia only works for the simplest of cases. Anything more complicated than this requires the complete award rates interpretation software. This engine can automate your wage calculations, whether you’re on one of our built-in award templates or have a custom EBA. You can use this for free for 14 days, no credit card required.

wage calculator australia

Read more: The last financial year in key feature releases

Complete award rates interpretation now available

Still on the fence about automating your award rates? Our award engine can automate compliant rostering and payroll for any business, including base rates, overtime, allowances, and higher duties. All managed awards have built-in base rates that sync with payroll and update on staff birthdays or when Fair Work mandates change. You won’t even need to keep up with changes in award rates because we do that for you. We also automatically create and maintain the relevant pay items and base rates in your payroll system to ensure staff are always paid accurately. Take advantage of the manufacturing sector’s positive prospects and try our manufacturing award rates engine today!

Want to get your manufacturing award interpretation and award rates right, every time? Use our wage calculator Australia or start your free 14-day trial now to access all our workforce success features! No credit card required.

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