Pastoral Award Guide [MA000035]

Pastoral Award Guide [MA000035]

Table of content

  1. What is the Pastoral Award?
  2. Who is covered by the Pastoral Award?
  3. How are the hours of work arranged in the Pastoral Award ?
  4. How are wages and allowances calculated in the Pastoral Award?
  5. How is the leave managed in the Pastoral Award?
  6. How can Workstem assist you?

This article provides guidelines on the pastoral award package. For more information on this award, please refer to the pastoral award.

What is the Pastoral Award?

The Pastoral Award, is a set of legal minimum employment standards and conditions that apply to employees working in the pastoral industry in Australia.

The award sets out the minimum wage rates, working hours, overtime, annual leave, sick leave, and other entitlements for employees working in various roles within the pastoral  industry, such as station hands,piggery workers,dairy operators,poultry workers,

shearers and crutchers.The award is designed to ensure that employees in the pastoral industry are treated fairly and receive reasonable pay and conditions for their work.

Who is covered by the Pastoral Award?

Coverage

The pastoral industry means employers and employees who work in (or connected to) the:

  • managing, breeding, rearing or grazing of livestock or poultry
  • shearing and crutching of sheep on farms
  • classing and pressing of wool on farms
  • dairying work
  • hatchery work
  • sowing, raising or harvesting of broadacre field crops and other crops grown as part of any of the mentioned farms or properties
  • treating of land in relation to the work above, or
  • clearing, fencing, well sinking, dam sinking or trenching on any farm or property above.

Examples of employees covered by the Pastoral Award include:

  • station hands
  • piggery workers
  • dairy operators
  • poultry workers
  • shearers and crutchers
  • station cooks

The Pastoral Award also extends to labor hire companies and the workers they place with organizations involved in the pastoral sector.

The following are examples of employers who are not covered by the Pastoral Award:

  • employers and employees in the wine industry
  • sugar farming or sugar cane growing and related activities
  • silviculture and afforestation
  • any work in or connected with producing or processing fish, aquaculture and marine products
  • farming horticultural crops, such as vegetables, fruits, grains, seeds, nuts and flowers, which aren’t mentioned above as a broadacre field crop.

How are the hours of work arranged in the Pastoral Award ?

Ordinary hours of work

  • The average ordinary working hours for a farm and livestock hand will be fixed by agreement between the employer and the employees but will not exceed an average of 38 hours per week over a 4 week period.
  •  The ordinary hours of work of farm and livestock hands (other than station cooks) will not exceed 152 hours in any consecutive period of 4 weeks.

Breaks

Meal breaks

  •   A meal break of between 30 minutes and 60 minutes will be allowed each day, to be taken not later than 5 hours after commencing ordinary hours of work.
  •   If there is agreement between the employer and an individual employee, the meal break may be taken at a time agreed.
  • All work performed on the instruction of the employer during a recognised meal break will be paid for at 200% of the ordinary hourly rate. Payment will continue at this rate until the employee is released for a meal break of not less than 30 minutes.

Paid rest break

  • Employees will be allowed a paid rest break of 10 minutes each morning.
  •     If agreement is reached between the employer and employee for an additional rest break, the rest break will be unpaid and in addition to the employee’s ordinary hours of work.

How are wages and allowances calculated in the Pastoral Award?

 Overtime

For overtime worked

Overtime rate Full-time and part-time employees % ordinary hourly rate Overtime rate Casual employees (% of ordinary hourly rate)

Monday to Saturday—first 2 hours

150% 175%
Monday to Saturday—after first 2 hours 200%

225%

Sunday—all hours 200%

225%

Rates for shiftwork

Shift

Penalty rate(% of minimum hourly rate)

Successive afternoon or night shift

115%

Non-successive afternoon or night shift

First 3 hours, 150%

After first 3 hours, 200%

Permanent night shift

130%

Allowance

Allowance

Rate
* Providing own stud combs allowance – shearers, learner shearers paid per day – rams and ram stags (allowance already included in the rate tables above)

$137.43 per day

Saddle allowance – station hands

$6.97 per week

* Shearing by hand allowance – shearers, learner shearers – flock sheep (allowance  already included in the rate tables above)

$27.59 per 100 sheep

* Shearing by hand allowance – shearers, learner shearers – stud ewes and their  lambs (allowance already included in the rate tables above)

$34.49 per 100 sheep

* Shearing by hand allowance – shearers, learner shearers – rams and ram stags  (allowance already included in the rate tables above)

$55.18 per 100 sheep
* Shearing by hand allowance – shearers, learner shearers paid per day – flock  sheep (allowance already included in the rate tables above) $20.61 per day
* Shearing by hand allowance – shearers, learner shearers paid per day – stud ewes  and their lambs (allowance already included in the rate tables above)

$25.77 per day

* Shearing by hand allowance – shearers, learner shearers paid per day – rams and  ram stags (allowance already included in the rate tables above)

$41.23 per day
Sheep spraying allowance $3.95 each day
Tool and equipment reimbursement

reimbursement for the cost of tools and equipment

Daily travel allowance – away from home – shearing operations – not woolclassers or  shearing shed experts

$19.88 per hour for all travel time in excess of 1 hour a day

Daily travel allowance – living at home – traveling time allowance – shearers, learner  shearers & crutchers

$17.89 per day

Daily travel allowance – living at home – vehicle allowance – shearing operations

$0.95 per km for return travel between home and the shed by  the most direct practicable route

Expenses while traveling allowance – expeditionary employee – woolclassers

$4.25 per hour from the time of departure from the place of  engagement or from home until the time of arrival at the place  of employment and from the time of departure from the place of  employment to home or the place of engagement

Fares reimbursement – expeditionary employee – woolclassers

reimbursement for the cost of fares for travel to and from the  shed at the start and finish of work on the most direct route  from the closest of home, the previous place of work or the  place of engagement

Vehicle allowance – expeditionary employee – woolclassers

$0.95 per km for travel to and from the shed at the start and  finish of the work on the most direct route from the closest of  home, the previous place of work or the place of engagement

Traveling time allowance

the appropriate rate as part of work hours

Vehicle allowance

$0.95 per km

Wet work – clothing & footwear allowance

reimbursement for the cost of clothing and footwear

Woolpressers – weighing and branding bales allowance

$0.49 per bale extra
Work not starting on scheduled day allowance – piecework – Woolclassers Level 1

$156.70 per day until work is able to begin

Work not starting on scheduled day allowance – piecework – Woolclassers Level 2

$169.09 per day until work is able to begin

Work not starting on scheduled day allowance – piecework – Woolclassers Level 3

$177.15 per day until work is able to begin

How is the leave managed in the Pastoral Award?

In the pastoral award, leave entitlements for employees are determined by the National Employment Standards (NES) and the classification of the employee.

Annual leave

All annual leave is per the National Employment Standards NES. Employees are entitled to 4 weeks paid leave per year, plus an additional week for some shift workers.

Conversion to hourly entitlement:

  • An employer may reach agreement with the majority of employees concerned to convert the annual leave entitlement in section 87 of the Act to an hourly entitlement for administrative ease (e.g. 152 hours for a full-time employee entitled to 4 weeks’ annual leave (4 weeks x 38 hours per week)).

Public holidays

The National Employment Standards (NES) provide entitlements for public holidays.

Substitution of certain public holidays by agreement at the enterprise

  •    An employer and employee may agree to substitute another day for a day that would otherwise be a public holiday under the NES.
  • An employer and employee may agree to substitute another part-day for a part-day that would otherwise be a part-day public holiday under the NES.

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