Rostered days off

A rostered day off (RDO) is a day in a roster period that an employee doesn't have to work.

An employee's day off can be paid or unpaid, depending on how RDOs are set out in an award or registered agreement.

When RDOs are paid, it is because an employee has worked extra hours that add up over a set period of time and this is taken as an RDO.

Find information about RDOs in your award by selecting from the list below.

Plumbing Award

Based on what you've told us, it looks like you're covered by the Plumbing and Fire Sprinklers Award [MA000036].

Employees who work a 38 hour week can accumulate 1 paid RDO during a roster period of 4 weeks. During a 4 week cycle of 20 days (5 days each week), an employee will work 8 hours per day for 19 days, and have 1 paid RDO.

An employee will take their RDO:

  • on the fourth Monday in the 4 week cycle, if they work alongside other building and construction workers
  • on 1 of the following days chosen by their employer if they don’t work alongside building and construction workers
    • the third Friday in the cycle
    • the fourth Monday in the cycle
    • the fourth Friday in the cycle.

An employer and the employees can agree to taking RDOs at a different time in the cycle.

Working on RDOs

An employer can require an employee to work on their RDO when it's necessary:

  • to allow other employees to be employed productively
  • to do out of hours maintenance
  • due to unforseen delays to a particular project
  • for other reasons arising from unforseen or emergency circumstances on a project.

Check the Plumbing Award for full information on RDOs, including the special requirements for employees working alongside on not alongside building and construction workers.

To find out more about who this award applies to, go to the Plumbing Award summary.

Source reference: Plumbing and Fire Sprinklers Award [MA000036] clause 29.7 external-icon.png


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