All Trades Queensland (ATQ) acknowledges the Federal Court’s decision today clarifying the Fair Work Commission’s ruling on the application of the relevant award provisions for many Queensland apprentices.
ATQ have always been committed to complying with the requirements of the relevant standards governing the employment of their apprentices. ATQ has operated under Enterprise Agreements agreed with the Unions and approved by the Fair Work Commission. This is consistent with advice provided by the Fair Work Ombudsman and the position of both the Queensland State Government and Federal Government for many years.
It’s very important to note in the vast majority of cases ATQ has in fact been providing pay above these advised obligations along with providing a range of special benefits designed specifically for its apprentices.
ATQ will continue to diligently meet or exceed the conditions of all relevant standards and supports calls by key Industry Associations for both levels of Governments to assist in protecting apprentice jobs across Queensland.
ATQ would like to thank Qld Master Builders Association, Housing Industry Association and Apprentice Employment Network for their support in seeking a Full Bench decision to clarify the complex web of legislation and our many Host Employers for supporting and engaging our Apprentices.