Deductions are amounts taken out of an employee’s wages. You can only make deductions from your employees’ wages if it is permitted by their award or enterprise agreement, authorised in writing by the employee or allowed under other legislation or court order (such as tax, child support).

Deductions for damaged vehicles or drive offs

You cannot deduct any money from your employees’ wages if they damage a client’s vehicle during repairs, or if customers leave without paying.

Deductions permitted by the award

The Vehicle Award allows deductions for voluntary superannuation contributions. Check clause 25 of the award for details.

Deductions authorised by your employee

Wages deductions that are authorised by your employee in writing are only allowed if they benefit your employee. Find out more in the Permitted deductions section.

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Page last updated: 16 Nov 2011