Joinery and Building Trades Award 2020

Joinery and Building Trades Award 2020

Joinery and Building Trades Award 2020

The Joinery and Building Trades Award is the Federal Award covering private sector employees engaged in the joinery and building trades industries. The joinery award covers work undertaken in what is called ‘off-site’ locations (i.e work performed other than on construction sites).

Typical classifications under the Joinery and Building Trades Award include tradespersons such as joiners, shopfitters, sign writers, plasters and stonemasons.

Under the Joinery and Building Trades Award, employees must be classified as either full-time, part-time, or as casual. Part-time employees work less than an average of 38 hours per week, must be engaged for a minimum of 3 consecutive hours on any day or shift, and must have an agreement in writing before starting employment on the hours to be worked, the days they will work, and their starting and finishing times for each day.

Casuals must have a minimum daily engagement of 7.6 hours and are entitled to receive the ordinary hourly rate for their classification plus an additional casual loading of 25%. On termination, under the Joinery Award, a casual employee is entitled to receive one hour’s pay or the remainder of the shift (whichever is the greater).

The typical roster under the Joinery and Building Trades Award for a full-time employee is a 20-day roster, worked between Monday to Friday, with 0.4 hours per day accruing towards a Rostered Day Off (RDO). The ordinary 38 hours per week are to be worked between 6 am and 7 pm, with the ability to average hours up to a 4-week cycle, which requires agreement between the employer and the majority of employees.

All employees under the award have two standard breaks per day, an unpaid lunch break of at least 30 minutes between the 4th and 6th hour after starting work, and a paid smoko break of 10 minutes between 9:30 am and 11:30 am. Employees engaged in glass and glazing work are entitled to a further 10-minute paid rest break in the afternoon.

Meal breaks are also prescribed when employees work overtime for 3 or more hours on a Saturday or 4 or more hours on a Sunday or Public Holiday.

The Joinery and Building Award mandates a fatigue break where an employee must have a 10-hour continuous break between the completion of overtime and the employee’s normal starting time on the following workday. If the employee has not had a 10-hour beak, they must be released from work, or if required to continue work, entitled to an additional penalty of 200% of their ordinary hourly rate until released from duty.

The Joinery and Building Trades Award contains several common allowances, including Industry Allowance, which is a weekly all-purpose allowance for employees engaged in joinery work, shop fitting, stonemasonry or outside work. Other common all-purpose allowances contained within the Joinery and Building Trades Award include Tool Allowance (for tradespersons) and Leading Hand allowances.

The Joinery and Building Trades Award has prescribed penalty rates where employees are required to work overtime outside their rostered hours. Penalty rates under the Award can be summarised as 150% (first 2 hours Monday to Friday, and Saturday before noon), 200% (after 2 hours Monday to Friday, Saturday from noon, all hours Sunday), and 250% for work performed on public holidays.

It should be noted that under the Award, there are prescribed minimum overtime hours being 3 hours on a Saturday and 4 hours on a Sunday or Public Holiday.

Workforce Advisory Lawyers offers a service at competitive rates where we undertake a thorough audit of your employment records to ensure all employees are correctly classified, receiving the correct wages and overtime payments, as well as superannuation entitlements. The audit also ensures you are keeping all times and wages records and employment details, as required by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The Joinery and Building Trades Award has annual leave requirements which are compatible with the National Employment Standards (NES), being 4 weeks per year, and entitlement to 17 ½ % leave loading when annual leave is taken. If an employee has more than eight weeks accrued leave, under the award, there are provisions for the employer to manage this to a minimum of six weeks. An employee can request to cash out annual leave, but only for a maximum of two weeks every 12 months, and the balance must remain at least 4 weeks.

As is now common with many Federal awards, the Joinery and Building Trades Award refers to the following leave provisions:

  • Sick and Carer’s Leave;

  • Compassionate & Bereavement Leave;

  • Maternity and Parental Leave;

  • Community Service Leave;

  • Family and Domestic Violence Leave;

  • Termination of Employment;

to the standards contained within the NES.

The Joinery and Building Trades Award has standard TCR consultation provisions that apply where an employer makes a definite decision to make major changes likely to have significant effects on employees.

Other than casual employees, under the Joinery Award, an employee must give notice as per the following table:

Period of Notice

For questions about Award or other employment questions, please contact Dean Cameron at Workforce Advisory Lawyers – We Know Employment Law on 1300 WAL LAW, 0417 622 178 or via email to

Disclaimer: This information is provided as general advice on workplace relations and employment law. It does not constitute legal advice, and it is always advisable to seek further information regarding specific workplace issues. Liability limited by a scheme approved under professional standards legislation.

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