The Architects Award

25 October 2016

All architectural businesses must understand their obligations under the Architects Award. The following is a short overview of the award, the ACA’s role in negotiating it, and the assistance we provide to members regarding the Award.

The ACA is the designated employer organisation for architects under Fair Work Australia. In this capacity we represent architectural employers in negotiating all changes to the Architects Award, and in representing members on related industrial matters. We encourage all architectural employers to familiarise themselves with the award and their obligations under it. 

What is the Architects Award?

The Architects Award is part of the Modern Awards system, which took effect from January 2010. The Award should be read in conjunction with the National Employment Standards (NES). Together the Award and the NES contain the minimum conditions of employment for employees covered by the Architects Award. 

The Architects Award is organised into the following sections:

  • Application and Operation (Part 1)
  • Consultation and Dispute Resolution (Part 2)
  • Types of Employment and Termination of Employment (Part 3)
  • Minimum Wages and Related Matters (Part 4)
  • Hours of Work and Related Matters (Part 5)
  • Leave and Public Holidays (Part 6)

The Award includes a detailed description of whom it covers (section 1.4). Employers should note that the Architects Award includes minimum wages for students of architecture and graduates, as well as registered architects.

The Award states that employers must ensure that copies of this award and the NES are available to all employees to whom they apply, either on a noticeboard that is conveniently located at or near the workplace or through electronic means, whichever makes them more accessible.

What other awards are relevant to architectural businesses?

Remember that non-architect employees within an architectural practice come under a range of other awards. These include the following:

How does the ACA help?

The ACA provides regular updates on changes to the minimum wage and the impact of these on the Architects Award and other relevant awards. 

The Know Your Award section of this website provides information and advice on a range of matters relating to the Architects Award. If there is a specific topic you would like discussed please email us editor@aca.org.au.

The Modern Awards are currently under review. The ACA represents the interests of employer architects in this review via the ACA Industrial Committee and has filed a submission with the Fair Work Commission. The ACA is currently waiting on a hearing date.