Junior Employees – Prohibited Work

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Members are reminded that there are restrictions on work to be undertaken by junior employees under the Vehicle Repair, Services and Retail Award 2020. Members must remain aware of these restrictions for apprentices or other junior staff.

In particular, the Award states that:

(a) An unapprenticed junior employee (other than a probationer for apprenticeship) will not be employed in any apprenticeship trade listed in Federal, State or Territory training legislation.

(b) … minors other than apprentices or probationers for apprenticeship may be employed in all aspects of the work described in the definition of automotive parts interpreter in this award.

(c) A junior employee under the age of 16 years will not be employed on oil or gas burners or fires used for heating of small articles, or using electric arc or oxy acetylene blow pipe.

(d) A junior employee under the age of 18 years will not work unsupervised between the hours of 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm and must not be employed between the hours of 9.00 pm and 6.30 am.

(e) No employee under the age of 16 years will be required or permitted to work on afternoon or night shift.

In addition to these restrictions, there are additional provisions around apprentices (including adult and school-based apprentices) and trainees.

If members need assistance with junior employees or apprentices, please contact the WR team on wr@mtasant.com.au, or on 8291 2000.