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Cite as: (2005) 79(9) LIJ, p. 29


Professional, Clerical and Administrative Employees Award 2004 as at 8 July 2005

On 8 March 2005 the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) declared the Victorian Legal Professional, Clerical and Administrative Employees Award 2004 as a common rule for the legal profession. The award mostly affects administrative and clerical staff where their role does not result in any fee-earning capacity for a firm.

It was varied on 8 July this year, increasing wage rates for adults by $17 a week and providing a minimum wage of $484.40 gross per week for full-time adult employees.

Salaries (Cl 19)


Weekly award rate

 

 

 

Grade 1

Legal Clerical Assistant

$501.10

Grade 2

Legal Clerical Assistant

$544.50

Grade 3

Legal Clerical Officer Entry Level

$578.20

Grade 4

Legal Clerical Officer/Articled Clerk

$619.90

Grade 5

Legal Clerical and Administrative Officer

$680.90

Grade 6

Law Clerk/Solicitor

$722.20

Grade 7

Legal Administrative and Professional Officer

 

 

– Grade 7A Second year of service

$784.80

 

– Grade 7B Third year of service

$822.50

Operative dates:

  1. For all employers in the State of Victoria not previously bound to this federal award prior to 1 January 2005, but now subject to the award by virtue of the Victorian Common Rule Declaration 2005.
    First pay period to commence on or after 1 August 2005.
  2. For all employers observing this federal award prior to 1 January 2005.
    First pay period to commence on or after 6 July 2005.

For employees such as solicitors and articled clerks who are not bound by the new common rule award, the minimum conditions of employment will continue to be governed by the State Property and Business Services Industry Sector Minimum Wage Order and Schedule 1A of the Workplace Relations Act 1996 (Cth). Other staff working in areas such as information technology or marketing may be covered by another common rule award. Firms will need to consider whether their non-legal staff are covered by any of the other common rule awards declared by the AIRC.

Property and Business Services Sector as at 1 August 2005

Please note that all the levels below relate only to the legal industry.

Junior employees

Hourly rate

Casual rate

Weekly rate





Under 16 years of age

$6.90

$8.63

$262.48

16 years of age

$7.62

$9.53

$289.84

17 years of age

$9.05

$11.31

$344.18

18 years of age

$10.49

$13.11

$398.90

19 years of age

$11.93

$14.91

$453.62

20 years of age

$13.36

$16.70

$507.96

Adult employees

Hourly rate

Casual rate

Weekly rate

 

 

 

 

Level 2

$9.30

$11.63

$353.68

Persons engaged in a full-time course of study leading to admission as barrister and solicitor employed on a part-time, temporary or casual basis in order to gain relevant experience, other than students on the Practical Training Course provided by the Leo Cussen Institute gaining work experience as a compulsory part of their course for a period not exceeding four weeks in any one calendar year.

Level 3

$12.74

$15.93

$484.40

Articled clerks who do not yet possess the requisite certification or authorisation to practise as a barrister.

Level 4

$12.74

$15.93

$484.40

Persons engaged in routine or repetitive work under direct supervision, and all others not elsewhere classified or excluded.

Level 7

$14.02

$17.52

$533.04

Persons engaged in work performing and being accountable for basic duties of a technical or administrative nature (e.g. clerical assistants [level 1 under the expired Clerical and Administrative Employees Award], and filing and deeds clerks, law and accounts and Titles Office clerks, commercial travellers, accountants, graduate accountants, and others).

Level 8

$14.55

$18.18

$553.18

Persons engaged in work performing and being accountable for a wider range of technical or administrative duties under general supervision requiring a more extensive range of skills and knowledge (e.g. clerical officers [level 2 under the expired Clerical and Administrative Employees Award] exercising a range of skills equivalent to audio typists, stenographers and machinists, experienced law and accounts and Titles Office clerks, switchboard operators, copy typists, and others).

Level 9

$15.01

$18.76

$570.66

Persons engaged in work performing and being accountable for a range of technical or administrative duties with minimal supervision requiring an extensive range of skills and knowledge (e.g. clerical officers [level 3 under the expired Clerical and Administrative Employees Award], general clerks, accounts payable clerks, technical servicepersons).

Level 10

$15.35

$19.18

$583.58

Persons engaged in work performing and being responsible and accountable for their own work which is performed within established guidelines. They may exercise limited discretion within the range of the skill and knowledge under general supervision (e.g. qualified architects, persons admitted to practice as barristers and solicitors who are practising their profession, certified practising accountants, chartered accountants).

The above award rates of pay are based on:

  • a 38-hour week;
  • gross figures; and
  • do not include superannuation.

Employees on (or near) award rates of pay are entitled to overtime for work performed in excess of 38 hours a week.

Casual rates: The casual hourly rates of pay consist of two components, and should be shown separately on pay slips: (i) Hourly rate, plus (ii) 25 per cent casual loading to compensate employees for loss of sick and annual leave and for unpaid public holidays.


DISCLAIMER: While all due care has been taken in the preparation of this item, no responsibility or liability is accepted by the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV)for the accuracy of the information contained herein. For further information contact LIV Human Resources coordinator Natalie Berk on ph 9607 9411.

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