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Wednesday, 11 May 1994
Page: 637


Senator GARETH EVANS —In question time on 10 May, Senator Crane asked me, as Leader of the Government in the Senate, a question without notice about the terms and conditions to apply to youth and adult training wages, and in particular whether, for example, leave loadings, maternity leave, holiday pay, sick leave and overtime were included. In addition he queried whether these entitlements would be subject to negotiation through the enterprise bargaining system. I seek leave to have the reply incorporated in Hansard.

  Leave granted.

  The answer read as follows

The Prime Minister has provided the following answer to Senator Crane's question:

It is intended to implement the adult and youth training wages through the award system. As such, employees will be entitled to the broad range of employment conditions provided for in awards including holidays, maternity leave, overtime and the like.

The extent to which a person employed under a training wage would participate in enterprise bargaining would depend on the enterprise in which they worked. However, given that the Government aims to see the proportion of employees covered by Federal awards who are in direct bargains to reach 80% by the end of 1996, it is highly likely that many would become involved in such agreements.