Unpaid pandemic leave and annual leave at half pay extended

The Fair Work Commission has extended the entitlement to unpaid pandemic leave and annual leave at half pay in 63 awards.

Schedule X (which provides the entitlements) now applies until 30 September 2020.

What is Schedule X?

Schedule X is a temporary schedule in some awards. It gives employees:

  • 2 weeks of unpaid pandemic leave
  • The ability to take twice as much annual leave at half their normal pay if their employer agrees.

The Schedule was added into these awards on 8 April 2020 and has been extended until 30 September 2020.


Link to this information on the Fair Work Ombudsman website


Which awards?

The Commission has extended Schedule X until 30 September in the:

  • Airline Operations – Ground Staff Award
  • Airport Employees Award
  • Alpine Resorts Award
  • Aluminium Industry Award
  • Amusement, Events and Recreation Award
  • Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award
  • Aquaculture Industry Award
  • Architects Award
  • Asphalt Industry Award
  • Banking, Finance and Insurance Industry Award
  • Broadcasting, Recorded Entertainment and Cinemas Award
  • Business Equipment Award
  • Car Parking Award
  • Cement, Lime and Quarrying Award
  • Cemetery Industry Award
  • Children’s Services Award
  • Cleaning Services Award
  • Commercial Sales Award
  • Contract Call Centres Award
  • Corrections and Detention (Private Sector) Award
  • Cotton Ginning Award
  • Dry Cleaning and Laundry Industry Award
  • Educational Services (Post-Secondary Education) Award
  • Fitness Industry Award
  • Food, Beverage and Tobacco Manufacturing Award
  • Funeral Industry Award
  • Gardening and Landscaping Services Award
  • Higher Education Industry – General Staff – Award
  • Horse and Greyhound Training Award
  • Horticulture Award
  • Hospitality Industry (General) Award
  • Journalists Published Media Award
  • Labour Market Assistance Award
  • Legal Services Award
  • Local Government Industry Award
  • Meat Industry Award
  • Miscellaneous Award
  • Nursery Award
  • Pastoral Award
  • Pest Control Industry Award
  • Pharmaceutical Industry Award
  • Poultry Processing Award
  • Premixed Concrete Award
  • Professional Diving Industry (Recreational) Award
  • Professional Employees Award
  • Racing Clubs Events Award
  • Racing Industry Ground Maintenance Award
  • Rail Industry Award
  • Registered and Licensed Clubs Award
  • Restaurant Industry Award
  • Salt Industry Award
  • Seafood Processing Award
  • Security Services Industry Award
  • Silviculture Award
  • State Government Agencies Award
  • Sugar Industry Award
  • Textile, Clothing, Footwear and Associated Industries Award
  • Timber Industry Award
  • Vehicle Repair, Service and Retail Award
  • Waste Management Award
  • Water Industry Award
  • Wine Industry Award
  • Wool Storage, Sampling and Testing Award.

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