Plumbing and Fire Sprinklers Award Guide [MA000036]

Plumbing and Fire Sprinklers Award Guide [MA000036]

Table of content

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

This article provides guidelines on the plumbing and fire sprinklers award guide. For more information on this award, please refer to the plumbing and fire sprinklers award.

What is the Plumbing and Fire Sprinklers Award?

The Plumbing and Fire Sprinklers Award is a set of legal minimum employment standards and conditions that apply to employees working in the plumbing and/or fire sprinkler fitting services 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 plumbing and/or fire sprinkler fitting services industry, such as plumber’s laborers and sprinkler fitter’s assistants,qualified plumbers and gasfitters,apprentice plumbers and gasfitters

sprinkler fitter tradespersons.The award is designed to ensure that employees in the plumbing and/or fire sprinkler fitting services industry are treated fairly and receive reasonable pay and conditions for their work.

Who is covered by the Plumbing and Fire Sprinklers Award?

Coverage

The Plumbing Award covers:

  • employers and their employees in the plumbing and/or fire sprinkler fitting services industry
  • employers employing plumbing or fire sprinkler fitting employees.

Plumbing services include:

  • plumbing
  • gas fitting
  • roof plumbing
  • lead burning
  • ship plumbing
  • heating, air-conditioning or ventilation plumbing
  • irrigation installing
  • pipe-fitting
  • domestic engineering work.

The plumbing industry also includes any work in or in connection with:

  • sheet lead, galvanised iron, other types of sheet metal or any other materials usually fixed by plumbers
  • lead, wrought, cast or sheet iron, copper, brass or other classes of pipework
  • water (hot and cold), steam, gas, air, vacuum, heating or ventilation applications, fittings, services or installations
  • house, ship, sanitary, chemical or general plumbing or draining and irrigation.

Fire sprinkler fitting services means work on automatic fire sprinkler extinguishers and/or other fire protection systems such as:

  • erecting, fitting, fixing, altering, inspecting, testing, maintaining, retrofitting, overhauling or repairing apparatus, pipes and/or fittings in and/or outside of:
  • buildings
  • ships
  • other structures.

Fire sprinkler fitting services means work on automatic fire sprinkler extinguishers and/or other fire protection systems such as:

  • erecting, fitting, fixing, altering, inspecting, testing, maintaining, retrofitting, overhauling or repairing apparatus, pipes and/or fittings in and/or outside of:
  • buildings
  • ships
  • other structures.

Examples of employers and employees covered by the Plumbing Award include:

  • plumber’s labourers and sprinkler fitter’s assistants
  • qualified plumbers and gasfitters
  • apprentice plumbers and gasfitters
  • irrigation installers
  • fire technicians
  • sprinkler fitter tradespersons.

How are the hours of work arranged in the Plumbing and Fire Sprinklers Award?

Ordinary hours of work

The average ordinary hours worked will be 38 per week for a 4 week work cycle.

  • Ordinary working hours will be worked in a 20 day, 4 week cycle, Monday to Friday inclusive.
  • The roster will be comprised of 19 days of 8 hours with 0.4 of one hour each day worked accruing to be paid as a rostered day off (RDO) in each cycle.
  • Early start and Penalty rates, ordinary hours are worked between 7.00 am and 6.00 pm Monday to Friday inclusive.

Breaks

Unpaid meal breaks

  • An employee will be entitled to an unpaid meal break of at least 30 minutes between noon and 1.00 pm. Work and working time will stop during the meal break.

Variation of meal breaks

  • Where, because of the area or location of a project, the majority of on-site employees on the project request, and agreement is reached, the period of the meal break may be lengthened to not more than 45 minutes with a consequential adjustment to the daily time of finish of work.

Paid rest period

  • An employee will be entitled to a paid rest period of 10 minutes between 9.00 am and 11.00 am.

Washing time breaks as paid time

  • An employee will be entitled to take 5 minutes immediately before lunch and before finishing time to enable them to wash and put away gear which will count as time worked.
  • An employee who is using toxic substances immediately before lunch and before finishing time will be entitled to take a 10 minutes washing time break which will count as time worked.
  • Where an employee is engaged in hot work or cold work and the work continues for more than 2 hours, the employee will be entitled to a 20 minute rest after every 2 hours work which will count as time worked.

How are wages and allowances calculated in the Plumbing and Fire Sprinklers Award?

 Overtime

Day

Full-time and part-time employees

( % ordinary hourly rate)

Casual employees

(% ordinary hourly rate)

Monday to Friday—all employees

First 2 hours

150%

175%
After 2 hours 200%

225%

Saturday—sprinkler fitters 200%

225%

Saturday— plumbing and mechanical services employees, irrigation installer employees

First 2 hours 150% 175%

After 2 hours

200% 225%

After 12 noon

200%

225%

Sunday—all employees

200%

225%

Public holidays—all employees 250%

275%

Work commenced after midnight and before start of ordinary hours 200%

225%

Allowance

Allowances  Rate
Acid plants and chemical works allowance $3.06 per hour
Acting on plumber’s licence or equivalent allowance $1.36 per hour
Acting on a welding certificate allowance – pressure oxy-acetylene or  electric welding (manual or pressure) $0.79 per hour
Acting on a welding certificate allowance – pressure oxy-acetylene and  electric welding (manual or pressure) $1.58 per hour
Aluminium foil insulation allowance $0.68 per hour or part thereof
Apprentice training fees and textbook costs reimbursement reimbursement of training fees for prescribed courses and the cost of  prescribed textbooks
Asbestos eradication allowance $2.83 per hour
Asbestos materials allowance $1.05 per hour
Bitumen work allowance $1.05 per hour
Cold work allowance $0.84 per hour
Computing quantities allowance – not leading hand $5.97 per day or part thereof
Cutting tiles allowance $1.05 per hour
Damage to tools and clothes reimbursement an agreed amount to cover the damage
Distant work – travelling expenses reimbursement reimbursement for all travelling expenses
Explosive powered tools allowance $1.99 per hour
Fares allowance $15.81 per day
First aid allowance $3.59 per day
Fumes allowance the agreed rate
Hospitals allowance $0.08 per hour with a minimum payment of $0.58 per day or part thereof
Hot work allowance – between 46°C and 54°C $0.84 per hour or part thereof
Hot work allowance – in excess of 54°C $1.05 per hour or part thereof
Insulation allowance $1.05 per hour or part thereof
Laser safety officer allowance $3.48 per day or part thereof
* Leading hand allowance – weekly hire – 1 employee $0.63 per hour in addition to the minimum wage for the highest  classification supervised, or own minimum wage, whichever is higher
* Leading hand allowance – weekly hire – 2-5 employees $1.39 per hour in addition to the minimum wage for the highest  classification supervised, or own minimum wage, whichever is higher
* Leading hand allowance – weekly hire – 6-10 employees $1.78 per hour in addition to the minimum wage for the highest  classification supervised, or own minimum wage, whichever is higher
* Leading hand allowance – weekly hire – more than 10 employees $2.36 per hour in addition to the minimum wage for the highest  classification supervised, or own minimum wage, whichever is higher
* Leading hand allowance – daily hire – 1 employee $0.65 per hour in addition to the minimum wage for the highest  classification supervised, or own minimum wage, whichever is higher
* Leading hand allowance – daily hire – 2-5 employees $1.43 per hour in addition to the minimum wage for the highest  classification supervised, or own minimum wage, whichever is higher
* Leading hand allowance – daily hire – 6-10 employees $1.84 per hour in addition to the minimum wage for the highest  classification supervised, or own minimum wage, whichever is higher
* Leading hand allowance – daily hire – more than 10 employees $2.43 per hour in addition to the minimum wage for the highest  classification supervised, or own minimum wage, whichever is higher
Lost or stolen tools and clothes reimbursement reimbursement up to a maximum of $1,335.00 for the current  replacement value of new tools of the same or comparable quality
Meal allowance – overtime $15.54 for a meal and $15.54 for a further meal after each subsequent 4  hours

How is the leave managed in the Plumbing and Fire Sprinklers Award?

In the plumbing and/or fire sprinkler fitting services industry, 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.

Entitlement to annual leave

  • In addition to the entitlement to annual leave in the NES, employees who work or are required to be on-call for any part of 26 weekends or more in any year of employment are entitled to an additional week’s annual leave on the same terms and conditions.
  • For the purpose of the additional week of leave provided by the NES, a shiftworker means a continuous shiftworker as defined in this award.

Public holidays

Public holidays are provided for in the  NES.

  • 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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