The Fair Work Act 2009 set in place a process of modernising Australia’s awards into a more streamlined system of national awards. In 2009, the AVA made submissions to the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) about how the existing Veterinary Surgeons’ Award should be included in the modernisation process. The AVA was successful in convincing the commission that there should be a separate award specifically for private veterinary practices and many of the AVA's views were reflected in the award, which took effect on 1 January 2010.
In 2012, Fair Work Australia commenced a review of the modern award. The AVA made a submission to the review, which was informed by the results of a survey that had been conducted with AVA members on key issues, including wages, on-call duty, professional development and public holidays. In February 2013, the AVA attended the review hearings to support its submission. The full submission and transcript of the hearing can be viewed below.
In 2015 and 2016, the scheduled review of the Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award 2010 took place. AVA represented both employer and employee members to raise a number of issues for consideration by the Fair Work Commission, including the need for an increase in minimum veterinary remuneration. This process is not yet complete, but you can read a summary from October 2015 here.
- Fair Work Commission
- Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award 2010
- Fair Work Australia: Transcript of hearing – 22 February 2013
- AIRC – 24 July 2009
- AIRC – 7 September 2009
- AIRC response to exposure draft – 16 October 2009
- Fair Work Australia: Application to vary a modern award – 8 March 2012
- Fair Work Commission – Response to exposure draft, Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award – 28 January 2015
- Fair Work Commission – Submission on exposure draft, Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award – 15 July 2015