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.

Storage and Wholesale Award

Based on what you've told us, it looks like you're covered by the Storage Services and Wholesale Award 2010 [MA000084].

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).

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 reimburse an employee for washing costs, where the employee has to wash any special clothing.

An employee will be reimbursed for the cost of buying overalls when:

  • they're employed in a paint manufacturer's store or
  • the work they normally do involves lifting or carrying crates or similar containers that are likely to damage their clothing.

This isn’t paid when an employer provides the overalls.

For allowance amounts, go to Penalty rates and allowances.

Damage to glasses or dentures

An employee may have to do work that damages their clothing or personal equipment such as glasses or dentures.

If an employee has to do work that damages their dentures or prescription glasses, the employer has to reimburse them for an amount to cover the loss suffered by the employee. This amount has to be agreed upon, and an employer can ask for a evidence and a statutory declaration setting out the circumstances of the damage before reimbursing them

Employees won't be reimbursed where the damage is caused by their own negligence.

Check the Storage and Wholesale Award for information on the maximum reimbursement amount for damage to clothing and loss or damage of tools.

Vehicle and travel entitlements

Travel costs and travel time

When an employee is directed by their employer to work away from their normal workshop or depot but starts at the usual time they have to be paid:

  • ordinary time rates for time reasonably spent travelling when it is more than the time taken to get from their home to their normal workplace (unless it’s a Sunday or public holiday then they have to be paid time and a half)
  • any reasonable fares that are more than they would usually spend to get from their home to their normal workplace.

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

Source reference: Storage Services and Wholesale Award 2010 [MA000084] clause 16.3, 16.5 and 16.6 external-icon.png

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

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