We are here to help our Members navigate the complexities of the workplace regulatory environment. This includes ensuring Members understand their obligations under workplace relations legislation, including the Fair Work Act 2009 and its National Employment Standards.
We provide information and advice in relation to the:
- live performance industry
- exhibition industry
- cinema industry
on a range of workplace relations issues including:
- annual leave
- child employment
- child safety
- disciplinary matters
- education and training
- enterprise bargaining and agreements
- general protections claims
- human resource management
- organisation restructuring
- parental leave
- public holidays
- terminations and redundancy
- unfair dismissal claims
- unpaid work and volunteers
We also negotiate industrial agreements on behalf of our Members. If you can’t find what you need in our resources collection, our Workplace Relations team can provide further information.
Wages, Awards & Conditions
The awards that apply to the live performance industry, the exhibition industry and the cinema industry are:
- The Live Performance Award 2010
- The Amusement, Events and Recreation Award 2010
- The Broadcasting Recorded Entertainment and Cinemas Award 2010
- The Clerks-Private Sector Award 2010
We have developed a selection of contract templates covering full time and casual employment for performers, crew and musicians for you to use as a starting point in creating your own contracts.
We have created a range of workplace policies covering topics such as child safety, workplace bullying and annual leave.
Work Health & Safety
Under work health and safety legislation, your responsibility as an employer is to:
- maintain a safe workplace
- maintain current workers’ compensation insurance
- protect yourself and your workers from financial hardship in the event of a workplace injury
To assist you with this, our comprehensive suite of work health and safety guides for the entertainment and event industries give you an overview of the best practice and regulatory requirements.
We encourage all Members and non-members to use these guidelines to ensure a consistent approach to work health and safety in the industry.
Click below for a complete list of work health and safety resources.
As part of our commitment to promoting the physical and mental wellbeing of people working in our industry, we support a number of initiatives that promote mentally healthy workplaces, including:
Arts Centre Melbourne’s ‘Arts Wellbeing Collective’
The Arts Wellbeing Collective is a program that supports mental health for workers in the arts sector. We were a major sponsor of the pilot program. www.artswellbeingcollective.com.au/
Australian Alliance for Wellness in Entertainment
The purpose of the Australian Alliance for Wellness in Entertainment is to develop and action a Prevention First Framework for Mental Health in the Australian Entertainment Industry. We are a committee member.
Heads Up Campaign
The Heads Up Campaign is a national awareness campaign led by Beyond Blue and the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance. https://www.headsup.org.au/
Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance
The Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance brings together business, unions, the mental health sector and regulators to promote mentally healthy workplaces. We are a member.
Support Act’s 24/7 Wellbeing Helpline
Support Act is an Australian charity that assists artists and music workers who are facing hardship due to illness, injury or some other crisis that impacts on their ability to work in music. https://supportact.org.au/wellbeinghelpline/
Click below for more information on these initiatives.
Safe and Respectful Workplaces
All employees have the right not to be bullied, harassed, sexually harassed or discriminated against in the workplace. Workplaces should be non-threatening, respectful, safe, and free from all forms of harassment.
Our Prevention of Workplace Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Harassment and Bullying Code of Practice is mandatory for all Members.
The code is organised in two parts:
- PART A – A guide for employers, including an overview of the relevant legislative framework and obligations, as well as best practice guidance on steps you can take to effectively prevent and respond to discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace.
- PART B – Templates and resources to assist you in developing new policies and procedures.
Click below for links to the Code, templates and FAQs.
Employment Fact sheets
We have created a range of workplace fact sheets covering topics such as superannuation, annual leave, public holidays, unpaid work and volunteers, redundancy and workers compensation.