Uniforms, vehicle & travel entitlements

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Most awards require employers to pay for uniforms and protective clothing (like aprons and steel cap boots). Your employer may also need to pay an allowance to cover washing costs and replace uniforms due to normal wear and tear.

Uniform entitlements don’t stretch to include general dress standards required by an employer, like wearing clothes of a certain colour or that are clean and in good condition.

Before you spend your own money on the company shirt, check your award entitlements with the industry filter below. If you’re covered by an enterprise agreement you should check it instead.

As part of their job, employees may be required to:

  • wear uniforms
  • drive vehicles and/or
  • travel to other locations.

In these situations an employee may be entitled to a payment or repayment, depending on the industry and the job they do.

Employees required to buy work related items can’t be forced by their employer to use their wages to pay for these items, if the requirement is unreasonable.

If you're covered by an enterprise agreement or other registered agreement, payments for uniforms, vehicles and travel will be contained in your agreement. To find an agreement, go to the Fair Work Commission website external-icon.png .

Find more information about payments for uniforms, vehicles and travel in your award by selecting from the list below.

Restaurant Award

Based on what you've told us, it looks like you're covered by the Restaurant Industry Award 2010 [MA000119].

Uniform entitlements

An employee may have to do work that requires special clothing or work that damages their clothing or footwear.

Special clothing includes:

  • uniforms (eg. shirts with the company logo on them)
  • items worn for workplace health and safety reasons (eg. protective aprons and protective footwear)

It doesn't include neat casual clothing, black or white clothing, shoes, socks or stockings.

If an employee has to wear special or protective clothing or footwear, the employer has to:

  • provide the clothing or footwear or
  • reimburse the employee for the cost of the clothing or footwear

The employer also has to pay an employee an allowance to cover washing costs, where the employee has to wash any special clothing.

For allowance amounts, go to Penalty rates and allowances.

When special clothing is provided, an employer can ask their employee to sign the receipt for the purchase of the clothing. If the clothing is not returned at the end of employment, an employer may be able to deduct the value on the receipt from the employee's final pay.

Vehicle and travel entitlements

The Restaurant Award doesn't have any rules about using a vehicle for work.

Travel costs and travel time

When an employee has to work away from their normal workplace they get paid ordinary rates for time spent travelling between:

  • their normal workplace and the temporary workplace or
  • their home and the temporary workplace.

Restaurant Industry Award resources

We’ve made it easier for you to find information about your pay and entitlements under the Restaurant Industry Award. For more tailored information about your Award, visit our interactive tool.

We've got new and improved templates to help people in the Restaurant Industry. Try our interactive template tools

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

Source reference: Restaurant Industry Award 2010 [MA000119] clauses 24.3 and 24.4 external-icon.png

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Source reference: Fair Work Act 2009 ss.325(1) external-icon.png

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