Final pay

Final pay is what an employer owes an employee when their employment ends.

An award, employment contract, enterprise agreement or other registered agreement  can specify when final pay must be paid. If it doesn't then it's best practice for an employee to be paid on their last day of work or on the next scheduled pay day.

Final pay payments

An employee should get the following entitlements in their final pay:

  • outstanding wages for hours they have worked, including penalty rates and allowances
  • any accumulated annual leave
  • if it applies:
    • annual leave loading
    • accrued  or pro rata long service leave
    • redundancy pay.

Sick and carer’s leave is not paid out when employment ends.

Payment of annual leave loading

If an employee gets annual leave loading during employment then it has to be paid out when employment ends.

Annual leave loading is paid out even when an award, registered agreement or employment contract says that it’s not.

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Source reference: Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) section 90 external-icon.png

Think a mistake might have been made?

For employees:

If you’ve lost your job, contact the Fair Work Commission (the Commission) first if you think you were sacked because of:

  • discrimination
  • a reason that is harsh, unjust or unreasonable
  • another protected right.

You have 21 days from the day you were sacked to lodge an application with the Fair Work Commission. Check the information at the Commission website to find out if you can apply for:

If you think you haven’t been paid everything you’re owed:

  • read about Notice and final pay to find out what you should get
  • see our Help resolving workplace issues section for practical advice on:
    • talking to your employer about fixing your notice and final pay if it’s wrong
    • getting help from us if you can’t resolve it.

​For employers:

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