Sometimes it is necessary to hire an employee who might fall under more than one role in your business. Here are some things to keep in mind when you have an employee with multiple jobs.
  • Check the employee’s award classification. In most cases, you should classify the employee under the highest classification that applies to the work they are performing. Most awards will have rules for how higher duties are to be managed.
  • If the employee could be covered by more than one award, it is usually the “most appropriate” award that is applied. This takes into consideration the type of work being performed and the environment the employee is working in.
  • In some very rare cases, some employees may have two contracts with a different award applying to each contract. It is important to speak to an advisor if you believe you have an employee who falls under this description.


Having an employee perform more than one role can save money and time for your small business, saving on recruitment and training costs. It also allows you to see if an employee is better suited to a different role and how they handle different situations.


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