Fast food, restaurants & cafes

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Are you working in or running a business in the fast food, restaurant or cafe industry?

On this page you'll find everything you need to help you understand your workplace rights and obligations.

Coronavirus information for the fast food, restaurants and cafes sector

Looking for information about workplace entitlements and obligations during coronavirus? 

Visit Coronavirus and Australian workplace laws for information about the JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme, pay and leave entitlements, stand downs from work, workplace health and safety and more.

You’ll also find information about the temporary changes made to the Fast Food Award and the Restaurant Award to increase flexibility during the impact of coronavirus. 

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Understand your award

Awards are legal documents that explain minimum pay rates and conditions of employment. They apply to employers and employees depending on the industry they work in and the type of job they do. 

Learn more about your award with our Fast food industry and Restaurant and cafes industry award interactive tool.

Not sure which award applies to you? Use our Find my award tool to find out.

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Find the right pay

Employees must be paid for their work in money. The amount an employee needs to be paid can depend on their age, duties and hours of work. Use our Pay Calculator or download the pay guide for your award to make sure you have the right pay rates.

Learn more about minimum wages, penalty rates, overtime and allowances on our pay page.

Looking for pay information during coronavirus? 

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Record-keeping and pay slips

Employees must be given a pay slip within 1 working day of being paid.

Also, as an employer, record-keeping is important to keep your business running smoothly. It’s also the law.

Find information about the kinds of records employers need to keep and what needs to be included on pay slips on our record-keeping and pay slips pages.

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Salary payments

An annual salary can't be less than the minimum amount an employee would have been paid under their award.

It's a good idea to check employment contracts for details of any annual salary arrangements.

An employee’s annual salary must be reviewed after each year to make sure the employee was paid enough.

Best practice tip

Employers must keep track of hours worked and unpaid breaks taken by all of their salaried employees. These records must be provided as paper copies for employees to sign every pay period or roster cycle.

Reconciling records throughout the year will make it easier to avoid big mistakes and debts when it's time for the annual salary review.

Find information about the rules in your award about making an annual salary agreement by selecting your industry on our Salary payments page.

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Hours of work

An employee's hours of work (including overtime) are set out in the relevant award and can be different for full-time, part-time and casual employees. Employees are also entitled to rest and meal breaks.

For more information about these entitlements, see our Hours of work, breaks and rosters overview page

Looking for information about managing work hours during coronavirus? 

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Calculate leave

Employees are entitled to different types of leave as long as they meet certain conditions.

Learn more about the types of leave including:

Calculate annual, sick and carer’s leave using our Leave Calculator.

Looking for information about taking leave during coronavirus? 

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Interactive templates

We have free templates that will help you in the workplace. Visit our Templates & guides page and use our new interactive template tool for a quick and easy way to tailor our templates to your needs.

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Get personalised workplace information and tools from us

Subscribe to email updates to get personalised workplace information from us. You can also save calculations from our Pay Calculator and Pay guides to your profile.

Looking for information about other workplace rights and entitlements during coronavirus? 

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Help for small business

  • Contact the small business helpline for quick and easy access to our advisers and workplace relations information. Call the helpline on 13 13 94 and press option 3
  • Find tools, resources and information you might need on our Small business page.

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