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.

Children’s Services Award

Based on what you've told us, it looks like you're covered by the Children’s Services Award 2010 [MA000120].

Uniform entitlements

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

If an employee has to wear special or protective clothing and equipment the employer has to:

  • provide the clothing or equipment or
  • reimburse the employee for the cost of the clothing or equipment.

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

For allowance amounts, go to Penalty rates and allowances.

Vehicle and travel entitlements

Vehicle costs

When an employee is asked to use their own vehicle for work purposes they get a vehicle allowance. For allowance amounts, go to Penalty rates and allowances.

Travel costs and travel time

When an employee has to work away from their normal workplace they have to be paid an allowance for each day to compensate for excess fares. For allowance amounts, go to Penalty rates and allowances.

This allowance isn’t paid where the employer provides or offers to provide suitable transport at no cost to the employee.

Employees travelling from one location to another within their rostered hours (at the direction of their employer) have to be paid for time spent travelling between the locations.

To find out more about who this award applies to, go to the Children's services Award summary.

Source reference: Children’s Services Award 2010 [MA000120] clause 15.2,15.3, 15.7 and 21.7(c ) external-icon.png

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

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