Modern Award Summary 2020 Edition

Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Award 2020: Summary and Employment Notes Version 13
As an employer in the electrical contracting industry compliance with the Fair Work Act and Modern Award system is critical. Failure to comply with the relevant Modern Awards can lead to investigation and, if found in breach, harsh penalties and substantial backpay claims.


This Modern Award Summary Guide is a condensed version of the Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Award 2020 (Modern Award) and related matters. It highlights fundamental conditions of employment, such as loadings, penalties, leave and breaks entitlements; as well as the monetary amounts payable under the Modern Award.

The Modern Awards system is a complex and essential aspect of the employment landscape in the Australian electrical industry.

E.g. Question? – For example, are you aware of what allowances are required in the situation of worker starting/finishing on a client’s site or how to pay excess travel payments?

Our team of Employer Advice Advisors can provide you with specific advice regarding the interpretation of awards, employment legislation, employment policies and employment contract matters.

If you require assistance on these matters, become a Master Electrician today for unlimited Employer Advice support when you need it – all included as part of your membership with no hidden costs.

Download the Guide         Join MEA
*Member Login Required


The Modern Award Summary – 2020 Edition V.13, covers a range of employment topics as they relate to the electrical award, including (but not limited to):
    • Unfair Dismissal
    • Annual Leave
    • Rates of Pay for Apprentices
    • Long Service Leave
    • Redundancy
    • Superannuation
    • Sick Leave
    • Travel and Expenses

This is a brief synopsis of the Modern Award and related issues. It provides only a general guide to MEA’s interpretation of the law and should not be considered a substitute for detailed professional advice. Before acting on any matters related to the Modern Award, we recommend that you first speak with the Employer Advice team and you may need to seek independent legal advice.

Download the Guide
*Member Login Required

Not a Master Electrician?
Want to access the Modern Award 2020?

Master Electricians are the benchmark for excellence. As a member you’ll gain access to help and advice, tools to improve your business performance and exclusive savings.