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New Award Alert – Local Government Tourism, Hospitality and Retail Award

The new Local Government Tourism, Hospitality and Retail Award (the Award) came into operation on 6 November 2019. The Award applies to local government sector employers throughout South Australia and their employees who are employed in work in connection with the trade or business of tourism, hospitality or retail.

The Award covers local government employees who work in Visitor Information Centres, in addition to those working in cafes (whether licensed or unlicensed) or otherwise in a hospitality or retail role. However, the Award does not cover people who are managing Visitor Information Centres.

The Award now minimises the gap in local government with employees working in the retail sector who were not previously covered by the South Australian Municipal Salaried Officers Award or the Local Government Employees Award now being covered by the new Award.

Moving forward, councils need to be cognisant of the introduction of the new Award and its applicability to employees, particularly when negotiating future enterprise agreements.

For more specific information on any of the material contained in this article please contact Sathish Dasan on +61 8 8210 1253 or or Lincoln Smith on +61 8 8210 1203 or


23 January 2020



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