Historically, the Industrial Relations system in Australia comprised a number of jurisdictions across State and Territory boundaries alongside a Federal system. Today, the IR system has been simplified and is now predominantly a national system, whereby the Fair Work Act 2009 provides the legislative framework including the National Employment Standards (NES) which underpin modern awards. An exception is Western Australia where some community organisations may still be covered by the WA IR system.

While we now have a more simplified and streamlined IR system, complexities regarding the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award continue as a result of ongoing review as well as the Equal Remuneration Order (ERO). The ERO means that the transition from pre-modern awards to the SACS and Crisis Accommodation Employee classifications regarding base rates of pay will continue until December 2020.

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