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FAIR WORK ACT 2009 - SECT 157

FWC may vary etc. modern awards if necessary to achieve modern awards objective

             (1)  The FWC may:

                     (a)  make a determination varying a modern award, otherwise than to vary modern award minimum wages or to vary a default fund term of the award; or

                     (b)  make a modern award; or

                     (c)  make a determination revoking a modern award;

if the FWC is satisfied that making the determination or modern award outside the system of 4 yearly reviews of modern awards is necessary to achieve the modern awards objective.

Note 1:       The FWC must be constituted by a Full Bench to make a modern award (see subsection 616(1)).

Note 2:       Special criteria apply to changing coverage of modern awards or revoking modern awards (see sections 163 and 164).

Note 3:       If the FWC is setting modern award minimum wages, the minimum wages objective also applies (see section 284).

             (2)  The FWC may make a determination varying modern award minimum wages if the FWC is satisfied that:

                     (a)  the variation of modern award minimum wages is justified by work value reasons; and

                     (b)  making the determination outside the system of annual wage reviews and the system of 4 yearly reviews of modern awards is necessary to achieve the modern awards objective.

Note:          As the FWC is varying modern award minimum wages, the minimum wages objective also applies (see section 284).

             (3)  The FWC may make a determination or modern award under this section:

                     (a)  on its own initiative; or

                     (b)  on application under section 158.



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