Fitness Industry Award Level 3

The Fitness Industry Award comprises seven tiers of employee classification, each determining the minimum wage entitlements. Clause 15 of the Award outlines the specified minimum wages, with provisions for reduced rates applicable to employees aged 19 or younger.

Recently, the Award, revised in 2020, incorporated classifications for tennis coaches and instructors, highlighted in bold below. The descriptions of the seven levels are as follows:

 

Level 3

An employee at this level works under general supervision which requires operation within defined areas of responsibility with adherence to established guidelines and procedures and who is employed to carry out work associated with the centre’s operations or holds a Gymnastics Australia Coach Accreditation.

An employee at this level is able to fulfil a role at Level 1 and 2 where relevant and supervises Level 1 and 2 employees where requested.

An employee at this level may also be:

  • A swimming and water safety teacher being a holder of any current qualification with the relevant Industry Competencies, who has:
  1. performed 12 hours per year of recognised workshops and 250 hours of paid swimming and safety teaching under this award and who holds a second recognised instructing qualification; or
  2. delivered 350 hours of paid swimming and water safety teaching under this award; or
  • A coach of beginner swimmers (including mini and junior squads), being a holder of current recognised “Bronze Licence for Coaching” swimming coaching qualification or equivalent; or
  • A pool lifeguard who has been appointed to the position of pool lifeguard by the employer and has completed a nationally-recognised Lifeguarding qualification; or
  • A holder of a current Gymnastics Australia Coach Accreditation or equivalent who has participated in 12 hours per year of recognised professional development and performed 1500 hours of coaching.

 

Level 3A

An employee at this level performs the duties of a Level 3 and who:
  • Holds a:
  1. Fitness Industry or Sport Coaching (specialising in tennis) AQF Certificate Level III qualification relevant to the classification in which they are employed or equivalent; or
  2. In respect to gymnastics coaches, holds a current Gymnastics Coach Accreditation and Sport Coaching AQF Certificate Level III; and
  • Utilises the skills and knowledge derived from the Sport Coaching (specialising in tennis) or relevant AQF Certificate Level III competencies relevant to the work undertaken at this level.

If you’re unsure about which Award your employees fall under, or how to accurately comply with your relevant Award, speak with one of our experts today to get tailored advice and simplified guidance.

 

How HR Connect can help

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Disclaimer

The information provided in these knowledge base articles is general in nature and is not intended to substitute for professional advice. If you are unsure about how this information applies to your specific situation we recommend you contact HR Connect for advice. The information in this summary is correct as of August 2021.

This article will change over time, as Modern Award legislation relating to this Industry or Occupation is passed by the Fair Work Commission. Originally published on 20 February 2024.

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