Vehicle Repair, Services and Retail Award Guide [MA000089]

Vehicle Repair, Services and Retail Award Guide [MA000089]

Table of content

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

This article provides guidelines on the vehicle repair, services and retail award package. For more information on this award, please refer to the vehicle repair, services and retail award.

What is the Vehicle Repair, Services and Retail Award?

The Vehicle Repair, Services and Retail Award, is a set of legal minimum employment standards and conditions that apply to employees working in the vehicle 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 vehicle industry, such as mechanics, automotive technicians, panel beaters, painters, fitters and turners, welders and automotive electricians and apprentices in these trades,car washers, polishers and detailers.The award is designed to ensure that employees in the electrical industry are treated fairly and receive reasonable pay and conditions for their work.

Who is covered by the Vehicle Repair, Services and Retail Award?

Coverage

The Vehicle Award covers employers in the vehicle industry and their employees who fit within the classifications of the award.

The vehicle industry means:

  • sale and distribution of vehicles and vehicle parts and accessories
  • sale of fuel and oils (including roadhouses run by the same business)
  • repairing, servicing and maintaining vehicles and vehicle parts and accessories (including servicing, repair and maintenance work in a motor vehicle rental business)
  • selling, retreading, fitting and repairing tyres
  • dismantling, wrecking, recycling, customising, modifying and restoring vehicles
  • roadside assistance, including towing vehicles
  • preparing vehicles for sale, including vehicle assembly
  • parking and storing vehicles
  • washing and detailing vehicles
  • driving schools.

Employees covered by the Vehicle Award include:

  • tradespersons such as mechanics, automotive technicians, panel beaters, painters, fitters and turners, welders and automotive electricians and apprentices in these trades
  • salespersons
  • driveway attendants, console operators and roadhouse attendants
  • car washers, polishers and detailers
  • tyre fitters and wheel aligners
  • tow truck drivers
  • windscreen fitters and repairs
  • service receptionists.

The Vehicle Award also covers labour hire businesses and their employees who are placed with an organisation in the vehicle industry.

The following employers and employees are not covered by the Vehicle Award:

  • car parking (if the business does not perform repairs or services)
  • motor vehicle rentals (unless connected with the repair, service and maintenance of vehicles and vehicle parts and accessories)
  • car and truck driving (unless associated with one of the activities above)
  • driving instructors
  • clerical employees (other than service reception)
  • repair, manufacturing and servicing of larger boats and vessels
  • vehicle manufacturing.

How are the hours of work arranged in Vehicle Repair, Services and Retail Award?

Ordinary hours of work

ordinary hours of work of an employee will be an average of 38 hours per week ,worked on not more than 5 days in any week, calculated on the following basis:

  •   38 hours within a work cycle not exceeding 7 consecutive days;
  •  76 hours within a work cycle not exceeding 14 consecutive days;
  •  114 hours within a work cycle not exceeding 21 consecutive days;
  •  152 hours within a work cycle not exceeding 28 consecutive days; or
  •   Any other work cycle during which a weekly average of 38 ordinary hours is worked or may be determined by agreement between the employer and an employee or employees.

Breaks

Meal and rest breaks
  •   Unpaid meal breaks will be not less than 30 minutes and not more than 60 minutes.
  •  Subject to the exceptions below, an employee will not be required to work for more than 5 hours without a meal break
  • The employer and the majority of employees in an establishment may agree that all employees in the establishment can be required to work up to 6 hours without a meal break
  • In addition to a meal break, an employer may provide to an employee either a morning or afternoon tea break not exceeding 15 minutes. Where a break is unpaid it must not exceed 15 minutes duration. Where both a morning and an afternoon tea break are provided on the same day or shift, at least one of these breaks must be paid.
  • An employer may in appropriate circumstances reasonably require an employee to change the timing of a scheduled meal break or rest break to meet operational requirements.
Rest breaks during overtime
  • An employee required to work overtime for more than one and a half hours after working ordinary hours will be allowed a crib break of 20 minutes before starting such overtime. The crib break will be paid at the minimum hourly rate.
  •  An employee required to work overtime will be allowed a crib break of 20 minutes without deduction of pay after each 4 hours of overtime worked provided work continues after the crib break.
  • Where a day worker is required to work overtime on a Saturday, the first prescribed crib break if occurring between 10.00 am and 1.00 pm will be paid at the minimum hourly rate.
  • An employer and employee may agree to any variation of clause to meet the circumstances of the work in hand, provided that the employer will not be required to make any payment in respect of any time allowed in excess of 20 minutes.
  • Clause will not apply to an employee working overtime on a Sunday or public holiday unless the employee is rostered to work any of their ordinary hours on that day.

 How are wages and allowances calculated in the Vehicle Repair, Services and Retail Award?

Minimum rates and Classifications

Employee classification Wage group level Minimum weekly rate(full-time employee)

Minimum hourly rate

$ $
Vehicle RS&R industry employee—Level 1 R1 859.30

22.61

Vehicle RS&R industry employee—Level 2

R2 882.80 23.23

Vehicle RS&R industry employee—Level 3

R3 914.90 24.08

Vehicle RS&R industry employee—Level 4

R4 945.00 24.87
Vehicle RS&R industry employee—Level 5 R5 967.50

25.46

Vehicle RS&R industry employee—tradesperson or equivalent Level I R6 995.00

26.18

Vehicle RS&R industry employee—tradesperson or equivalent Level II R7 1088.60

28.65

Overtime

For overtime worked

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

Monday to Saturday—first 3 hours

150%
Monday to Saturday—after first 3 hours

200%

Sunday

200%

Public Holiday

250%

Casual loading

Day or time worked

% loading

Monday to Friday between 6.00 am and 6.00 pm

25%

Monday to Friday between 6.00 pm and 6.00 am

50%

Saturdays at any time

75%

Sundays at any time

125%

Public holidays at any time

175%

First 3 hours of overtime

75%

After the first 3 hours of overtime

125%

Allowance

Allowances 

Rate
Apprentice training fees and textbook costs reimbursement

reimbursement of training fees for prescribed courses and the cost of  prescribed textbooks

Apprentice travel to block release training reimbursement

reimbursement for the excess reasonable travel costs incurred in the  course of travelling to and from the training

Change in permanent locality – expenses reimbursement – vehicle industry  RS&R employees

reimbursement of expenses for up to 3 months. Expenses will only be  paid until a permanent residence or alternative accommodation has  been found at the new location

Change in locality – travel time allowance – not vehicle salespersons or  persons principally employed to perform vehicle sales related duties

travelling time whilst necessarily travelling between localities

Confined spaces allowance

$0.97 per hour

Damage to clothing and tools reimbursement – employee’s own tools and  clothing

reimbursement for the cost of replacing tools and work clothing

Dirty work allowance

$0.75 per hour, with a minimum payment on any day or shift of $2.93

Driver of an articulated vehicle allowance – 11 tonnes or more – vehicle  industry RS&R employees

$0.05 per additional tonne over 10 tonnes per hour and up to a  maximum of $1.79 per tonne per week

Driver of commercial vehicles allowance – 9 tonnes or more – vehicle  industry RS&R employees

$0.05 per additional tonne over 8 tonnes per hour and up to a  maximum of $1.89 per tonne per week

Driver of a vehicle drawing an empty trailer allowance – vehicle industry  RS&R employees

$0.32 per hour up to a maximum of $2.45 per day

Driver of a vehicle drawing a loaded trailer allowance – vehicle industry  RS&R employees

$0.58 per hour up to a maximum of $4.43 per day

Driver of a tow truck allowance – vehicle industry RS&R employees

$0.66 per hour up to a maximum of $25.07 per week

Driver handling money allowance – not vehicle salespersons – up to $20

$0.05 per hour up to a maximum of $2.01 per week

Driver handling money allowance – not vehicle salespersons – over $20 but  not exceding $200

$0.10 per hour up to a maximum of $3.68 per week

Driver handling money allowance – not vehicle salespersons – over $200 but  not exceeding $600

$0.18 per hour up to a maximum of $6.97 per week

Driver handling money allowance – not vehicle salespersons – over $600 but  not exceeding $1000

$0.23 per hour up to a maximum of $8.85 per week

Driver handling money allowance – not vehicle salespersons – over $1000

$0.33 per hour up to a maximum of $12.51 per week

Driver or assistant driver of vehicle handling garbage

$0.75 per hour
First aid allowance

$0.52 per hour up to a maximum of $19.90 per week

Fork-lifts and cranes allowance

$2.89 per day

Glass or slag wool allowance

$0.97 per hour

Gloves reimbursement

reimbursement for the cost of purchasing suitable canvas or leather  gloves

Goggles reimbursement

reimbursement for the cost of purchasing goggles

Hot places allowance – between 46 and 54 degrees

$0.75 per hour

Hot places allowance – more than 54 degrees

$0.97 per hour

Large tyre fitting off-site allowance

$1.11 for each day so employed

Leading hand – in charge of 3-10 employees

$1.14 per hour up to a maximum of $43.18 per week

Leading hand – in charge of 11-20 employees

$1.71 per hour up to a maximum of $65.07 per week

Leading hand – in charge of more than 20 employees

$2.18 per hour up to a maximum of $82.68 per week

Livestock transport vehicle allowance – working on underside of uncleaned  livestock transport vehicle

$0.75 per hour
Meal allowance – overtime – not vehicle salespersons

$16.40 per meal

Meal allowance – overnight travel

$16.40 per meal

Meal allowance – on duty at show in evening or public holiday or work at  showroom or car yard after 6pm – vehicle salespersons

$19.45 for a meal

Protective clothing reimbursement

reimbursement for the cost of purchasing an apron or overalls and  rubber or other suitable boots

Protective equipment reimbursement – welding operations

reimbursement for the cost of purchasing protective equipment

Slicking with carbon black and hand spraying tyres allowance

$1.12 per day

Tool allowance – tyre fitters / repairers / retreaders

an amount agreed to supply and maintain the necessary tools of the  trade
Tool allowance – tradesperson – vehicle industry RS&R employees

$0.36 per hour up to a maximum of $13.55 per week

Tool allowance – apprentice 1st year – vehicle industry RS&R employees

$0.15 per hour up to a maximum of $5.75 per week

How is the leave managed in Vehicle Repair, Services and Retail Award?

In the Vehicle Repair, Services and Retail 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..

An employee’s entitlement to annual leave accrues progressively during a year of service according to the employee’s ordinary hours of work.

Payment for annual leave

  • Day workers: Employees who would have worked on day work only had they not been on leave—17.5% loading.
  • Shiftworkers: Employees who would have worked on shiftwork had they not been on leave—17.5% loading or the shift loading, whichever is the greater but not both.

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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