Before 2018, the Commission was required to review all modern awards every 4 years. During the review the Commission could make new modern awards, or change (vary) or cancel (revoke) existing modern awards.
The 4 yearly review commenced on 1 January 2014. The process was conducted in 3 stages:
an initial stage to determine any jurisdictional issues
an award stage where each award would be reviewed in its own right, and
a common issues stage dealing with claims that would affect all or most modern awards.
Note: any variation of minimum wages as part of the modern awards review can only be based on work value reasons.
The review is now in its final stages.