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The Textile and Clothing Award refers to a Board of Reference.

What is a Board of Reference?

Boards of Reference are established under Schedule F of the Textile Award and are usually chaired by someone from the Fair Work Commission. There is a Board of Reference in most capital cities. A Board of Reference consists of:

  • 2 union representatives
  • 2 principal representatives
  • the general manager of the Fair Work Commission or their nominee.

If the group is equally divided on an issue, the chairperson vote counts as a majority.

What does the Board of Reference do?

The Board of Reference can deal with any matter in Schedule F of the Textile Award.

A Board of Reference registers principals (usually employers). This needs to be done before an employer can engage an outworker.

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