As an employer, it can be confusing to navigate the National Employment Standards and the “award” wages that they provide for minimum pay rates and conditions for employees

If you’re looking to ensure that your business is complying with these standards, then getting an Award Analysis to explain your responsibilities as an employer is a great step towards being compliant.

But what is an Award Analysis and why do you need one? 

Here’s what you need to know.

What Is An Award Analysis?

An “award” refers to the Modern Award wage that the government has mandated for specific roles and industries. 

There isn’t an award available for all areas of employment. However, where they are available, it is important to know what responsibilities you have to your employees. 

Why Do I Need An Award Analysis?

If you do not comply with an award that protects a certain role or industry, legal action can be taken against you as the employer. 

As such, it is often a very important step in the hiring process to analyse what, if any, awards apply to the role you are hiring for and what responsibilities you have for that employee. 

Often, interpreting the award can be quite simple. However, there are definitely cases in which engaging a lawyer to help you navigate the process is a good idea. For example, not every job title is the same as what the award specifies, so it is important to get a lawyer to help you look at the actual work the employee will be doing for you. 

What Is Involved In An Award Analysis?

In providing you with an Award Analysis, a lawyer will identify the relevant award that applies to each employee, and explain your rights and responsibilities in regards to them.

Need Help?

A good lawyer will be able to analyse your business structure and employee contracts and provide advice as to which awards will apply and what your responsibilities are under each of them.

At Sprintlaw, we focus on providing comprehensive, easy to understand and user-friendly advice for businesses. 

Feel free to get in touch with us to get things started with an Award Analysis! Our friendly team can be reached at 1800 730 617 or at

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