A classification is used to determine the minimum wages and conditions to which an employee is entitled. 

Most Awards and Enterprise Agreements contain classification definitions that are used to determine the classification of an employee. These definitions usually include: 

  • A formal qualification.
  • A list of indicative tasks that need to be carried out.
  • A list of the skills and knowledge required.
  • Points or credits acquired. 

The Steps 

The usual steps used to determine classifications: 

Step 1 – Ensure the correct Award. 
Step 2 – Identify the criteria within the classification definition. 
Step 3 – Match the job to the classification definition. 
Step 4 – Match the employee to the job. 
Step 5 – Ensure the employee is doing the job. 

The following Awards are appropriate for this service: 

  • Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award 
  • Food, Beverage and Tobacco Manufacturing Award 
  • Graphic Arts, Printing and Publishing Award
  • Building and Construction General On-site Award
  • Clerks—Private Sector Award
  • Wine Industry Award 
  • Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Award
  • Sugar Industry Award
  • Water Industry Award 


Stage 1: Briefing session to provide key personnel with an overview of the process and the key points. 

Stage 2: Identify all tasks and skills required. This is done with the assistance of key personnel. The skills identified will be matched to the National Competency Standards and qualifications, as appropriate. 

Stage 3: The competencies identified in stage 2 will be developed into skills profiles and self-assessment tools. 

Stage 4: Facilitation of the self-assessment and the validation of the results. The purpose of the self-assessment and the validation is to determine the competencies actually held and used by employees in an industrial context and the determination of a classification level. 

Identify employee and workforce development opportunities. 

The above process is consistent with the Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award 2010  and The Implementation Guide 

Contact Us 

David Tiller 
National Manager, Training Services 
Phone: 0499 195 307 

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