Final pay

Final pay is what the employer owes and must pay an employee, when their employment ends.

What's included in final pay?

Employees should get the following entitlements in their final pay:

  • outstanding wages, including penalty rates and allowances
  • accrued annual leave and annual leave loading entitlements
  • accrued or pro-rata long-service leave (if applicable)
  • redundancy pay entitlements (if applicable).

Annual leave loading payable on termination

If an employee is entitled to annual leave and annual leave loading, then they must be paid out for both entitlements if their employment is terminated. This applies even if a clause in a modern award, agreement or contract expressly states that either entitlement is not payable.

This entitlement is based on the annual leave on termination provision in s.90 (2) of the Fair Work Act 2009 which provides that a terminated employee with a period of untaken annual leave must be paid what they would have been paid if they had taken that period of leave.  This section is part of the National Employment Standards so it cannot be excluded by any term in a modern award, agreement or other instrument that may provide for a lesser benefit.

When entitlements aren’t paid out

If an employee believes they haven’t been paid out for all of their entitlements in their final pay, the Fair Work Ombudsman can investigate. The Fair Work Ombudsman can take action to make sure the employer pays out all the legal entitlements.

Up to 31 December 2009

Minimum conditions for pay and leave in the national workplace relations system were governed by the Australian Fair Pay and Conditions Standard (the Standard) and minimum entitlement provisions of the Workplace Relations Act 1996 as preserved.

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Page last updated: 23 Jul 2012