Fast Food Industry Award

Important: Annual Wage Review 2024

New pay rates and allowances for the Fast Food Award apply from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2024.

We’ve updated this tool with the new rates and allowances.

For pay rates and allowances prior to this date, please use our Pay Calculator.

For more information on the minimum wage increases, see our 2023 to 2024 Annual Wage Review page.

Employment Status Overview

Full-time

Average hours/week

38 hours

Position
status

Ongoing employment

Notice of termination

Receive

Paid annual leave

Receive

Paid sick
leave

Receive

Paid carer's leave

Receive

Paid annual leave, paid sick leave and paid carers leave accumulate based on ordinary hours of work. Select the topic Leave and the relevant employment type for more information about leave entitlements.

Part-time

Average hours/week

< 38 hours
Usually regular

Position
status

Ongoing employment

Notice of termination

Receive

Paid annual leave

Receive

Paid sick
leave

Receive

Paid carers leave

Receive

Paid annual leave, paid sick leave and paid carers leave accumulate based on ordinary hours of work. Select the topic Leave and the relevant employment type for more information about leave entitlements.

Part-time employees must have a written agreement that includes which days they work, the number of hours they work on these days, their start and finish times on these days, the meal breaks and lengths, and set out that the minimum daily hours is 3 consecutive hours. The employee and employer must agree to any changes in writing (which can include electronic communication for example text message). 

Casual

Average hours/week

Often irregular

Position
status

Have the right to casual conversion in some circumstances

Notice of termination

N/A

Paid annual leave

N/A

Paid sick
leave

N/A

Paid carer's leave

N/A

A person is a casual employee if they accept an offer for a job from an employer knowing that there is no firm advance commitment to ongoing work with an agreed pattern of work.

For more information about casual employment and what a casual employee is, go to the casual employees page.

Pay Overview

Full-time Level Age

Employees must be paid for all hours they work. This includes time spent opening and closing the business, staff meetings and training.

Wages must be paid weekly or fortnightly. Wages are paid on actual hours worked for the week/fortnight or averaged over a fortnight.

Hourly rate

Minimum per hour

$Hourly pay rate

Penalty rates

Evening
10pm - midnight

$Evening work - Monday to Friday - 10pm to midnight

Evening
Midnight - 6am

$Evening work - Monday to Friday - midnight to 6am

Saturday work

$Saturday

Sunday work

$Sunday

Public holidays

$Public holiday

Employees get paid a higher pay rate when they work evenings, weekends or public holidays.

Overtime

First 2 hours

$Overtime - first 2 hours

After 2 hours

$Overtime - after 2 hours

Sunday

$Overtime - Sunday

Public holiday

$Overtime - public holiday

Full-time employees get overtime rates if they work:

  • more than the maximum number of ordinary hours of work (per day or per week)
  • before or after their rostered hours.

Pay Overview

Part-time Level Age

Employees must be paid for all hours they work. This includes time spent opening and closing the business, staff meetings and training.

Wages must be paid weekly or fortnightly. Wages are paid on actual hours worked for the week/fortnight or averaged over a fortnight.

Hourly rate

Minimum per hour

$Hourly pay rate

Penalty rates

Evening
10pm - midnight

$Evening work - Monday to Friday - 10pm to midnight

Evening
Midnight - 6am

$Evening work - Monday to Friday - midnight to 6am

Saturday work

$Saturday

Sunday work

$Sunday

Public holidays

$Public holiday

Employees get paid a higher pay rate when they work evenings, weekends or public holidays.

Overtime

First 2 hours

$Overtime - first 2 hours

After 2 hours

$Overtime - after 2 hours

Sunday

$Overtime - Sunday

Public holiday

$Overtime - public holiday

Part-time employees get overtime rates if they work:

  • more than the maximum number of ordinary hours of work (per day or per week)
  • outside ordinary hours of work
  • outside their agreed times of work
  • more than their agreed hours or
  • more than any agreed change to their hours of work (either for a specific rostered shift or an ongoing change)*.

*If there isn't a written record of the agreement to change an employee's specific rostered shift, the employee gets overtime rates for any hours outside their regular pattern of work.

Check clauses 12 and 26.2 of the Fast Food Award for full details of when overtime is paid.

Pay Overview

Casual Level Age

Employees must be paid for all of the hours they work. This includes time spent opening and closing the business, staff meetings and training.

Wages should be paid either:

  • at the end of each time the employee works, or
  • weekly or fortnightly, when the full-time or part-time employees are paid.

Wages are paid on actual hours worked for the week/fortnight or averaged over a fortnight.

Hourly rate

Minimum per hour

$Hourly pay rate

Penalty rates

Evening
10pm - midnight

$Evening work - Monday to Friday - 10pm to midnight

Evening
Midnight - 6am

$Evening work - Monday to Friday - midnight to 6am

Saturday work

$Saturday

Sunday work

$Sunday

Public holidays

$Public holiday

Employees get paid a higher pay rate when they work evenings, weekends or public holidays.

Overtime

First 2 hours

$Overtime - first 2 hours

After 2 hours

$Overtime - after 2 hours

Sunday

$Overtime - Sunday

Public holiday

$Overtime - public holiday

Casual employees get overtime rates if they work:

  • more than 38 hours a week, or 38 hours a week averaged over a roster cycle
  • more than 11 hours in a day.

Employment Level Overview

Level 1

Duties

take orders and make sales

prepare or cook meals, snacks and/or beverages

serve or deliver meals, snacks and/or beverages

may perform other related tasks (cleaning, including cleaning of toilets)

Level 2

Duties

responsible for supervising staff and training new employees

or those that have to use trade skills in their day to day job

Level 3 - in charge of 1 or no persons

Duties

appointed by employer to be in charge of a shop, food outlet or delivery outlet.

in charge of 1 or no other persons

Level 3 - in charge of 2 or more persons

Duties

appointed by employer to be in charge of a shop, food outlet or delivery outlet.

in charge of 2 or more persons

Hours of work

Ordinary hours

Work hours

38hrs avg / week
11hrs max / day

Split shifts

Not allowed

OVERTIME

Employees receive overtime rates whenever they work (one of the following):

outside of rostered hours

more than 38 hours avg. a week over 4 weeks

more than 11 hours in a day

more than 5 days in a week (6 days if not worked more than 4 days the next week)

BREAKS

Hours worked

Rest break (paid)

Meal break (unpaid)

Less than 4

No break

No break

4 but less than 5

1x 10min

No break

5 but less than 9

1x 10min

1x at least 30mins (up to 60 mins)

9+

1 - 2x10min*

1x* at least 30mins (up to 60mins)

Most employees must be allowed to take breaks during their shifts. This includes paid rest breaks and unpaid meal breaks.

*One taken in the first half of the work hours and the second taken in the second half of the work hours, two rest breaks will be given unless a second meal break is provided.

Hours of work

Ordinary hours

Work hours

Less than 38hrs / week
11hrs max / day

Split shifts

Not allowed

Minimum Engagement

3 consecutive hrs, any shift

OVERTIME

Employees receive overtime rates* whenever they work (one of the following):

outside agreed part-time hours

outside of rostered hours

working extra hours on a shift by agreement where no written record of the change has been kept by the employer

more than 38 hours avg. a week over 4 weeks

more than 11 hours in a day

more than 5 days in a week (6 days if not worked more than 4 days the next week)

*refer to clauses 12 and 26 in the Fast Food Award for more information. 

BREAKS

Hours worked

Rest break (paid)

Meal break (unpaid)

Less than 4

No break

No break

4 but less than 5

1x 10min

No break

5 but less than 9

1x 10min

1x at least 30mins (up to 60 mins)

9+

1 - 2x10min*

1x* at least 30mins (up to 60mins)

Most employees must be allowed to take breaks during their shifts. This includes paid rest breaks and unpaid meal breaks.

*One taken in the first half of the work hours and the second taken in the second half of the work hours, two rest breaks will be given unless a second meal break is provided.

Hours of work

Ordinary hours

Work hours

38hrs max ordinary hours / week

11hrs max ordinary hours / day

Split shifts

Not allowed

Minimum Engagement

3 consecutive hours daily

OVERTIME

Employees receive overtime rates whenever they work (one of the following):

more than 38 hours/week (can be averaged over a roster cycle)

more than 11 hours in a day

BREAKS

Hours worked

Rest break (paid)

Meal break (unpaid)

Less than 4

No break

No break

4 but less than 5

1x 10min

No break

5 but less than 9

1x 10min

1x at least 30mins (up to 60 mins)

9+

1 - 2x10min*

1x* at least 30mins (up to 60mins)

Most employees must be allowed to take breaks during their shifts. This includes paid rest breaks and unpaid meal breaks.

*One taken in the first half of the work hours and the second taken in the second half of the work hours, two rest breaks will be given unless a second meal break is provided.

Allowances

Use our Pay and Conditions Tool opens new tab to determine what allowances will apply to your specific circumstances.

See Clause 17 of the Award opens new tab for the full conditions associated with each allowance.

Allowance

Allowances

Rate

Laundry$6.25 per week
Meal - overtime$16.23 1st meal
$14.66 2nd meal
Vehicle$0.52 per km (Delivery driver)
$0.98 per km (Others)
Cold work $0.35 per hour + $0.54 per hour working below 0° Celsius
Special clothingReimbursement of cost
Transport
(starting or finishing after 10pm or before 7am and normal means of transport unavailable)
Reimbursement of cost
Working away from usual workplace
(excess fares)           
Reimbursement of excess fares
Working away from usual workplace
(travel time)           
Payment for excess time spent travelling
Mon to Sat: Min hourly rate
Sun or Public Holiday: Min hourly rate + 50%
Working away from usual workplace
(excess travel costs) 
Reimbursement of all extra transport costs incurred 
District allowance - Broken Hill$44.19 per week
Transfer to another township reimbursementPayment of moving expenses

Allowances

Use our Pay and Conditions Tool opens new tab to determine what allowances will apply to your specific circumstances.

See Clause 17 of the Award opens new tab for the full conditions associated with each allowance.

Allowance

Allowances

Rate

Laundry$1.25 per shift
Meal - overtime$16.23 1st meal
$14.66 2nd meal
Vehicle$0.52 per km (Delivery driver)
$0.98 per km (Others)
Cold work$0.35 per hour + $0.54 per hour working below 0° Celsius
Special clothingReimbursement of cost
Transport
(starting or finishing after 10pm or before 7am and normal means of transport unavailable)
Reimbursement of cost
Working away from usual workplace
(excess fares)           
Reimbursement of excess fares
Working away from usual workplace
(travel time) 
Payment for excess time spent travelling
Mon to Sat: Min hourly rate
Sun or Public Holiday: Min hourly rate + 50%
Working away from usual workplace
(excess travel costs)
Reimbursement of all extra transport costs incurred
District allowance - Broken Hill$44.19 per week
Transfer to another township reimbursementPayment of moving expenses

Allowances

Use our Pay and Conditions Tool opens new tab to determine what allowances will apply to your specific circumstances.

See Clause 17 of the Award opens new tab for the full conditions associated with each allowance.

Allowance

Allowances

Rate

Laundry$1.25 per shift
Meal - overtime$16.23 1st meal
$14.66 2nd meal
Vehicle$0.52 per km (Delivery driver)
$0.98 per km (Others)
Cold work$0.35 per hour + $0.54 per hour working below 0° Celsius
Special clothingReimbursement of cost
Transport
(starting or finishing after 10pm or before 7am and normal means of transport unavailable)
Reimbursement of cost
Working away from usual workplace
(excess fares) 
Reimbursement of excess fares
Working away from usual workplace
(travel time) 
Payment for excess time spent travelling
Mon to Sat: Min hourly rate
Sun or Public Holiday: Min hourly rate + 50%
Working away from usual workplace
(excess travel costs) 
Reimbursement of all extra transport costs incurred
District allowance - Broken Hill$44.19 per week
Transfer to another township reimbursementPayment of moving expenses

Leave

ANNUAL LEAVE

Leave (Paid)

4 weeks per year + LOADING

Any unused annual leave will roll over from year to year.

Annual leave loading is the greater amount of either:

  • 17.5% of the employee's minimum hourly rate or
  • the relevant weekend penalty rates the employee normally gets.

To calculate leave amounts, use our Leave Calculator opens new tab 

SICK/CARER'S LEAVE

Sick/Carer's leave (Paid)

10 days each year*

Carer's leave (Unpaid)

2 days per occasion**

* The balance at the end of each year carries over to the next year.

** Used any time an immediate family member or household member needs care and support due to illness, injury or an unexpected emergency.

Employees must use their paid sick/carer’s leave before they can take unpaid carer’s leave.

To calculate leave amounts, use our Leave Calculator opens new tab

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

Leave (Paid)

receive

Paid time off when an ordinary work day falls on a public holiday.

COMPASSIONATE LEAVE

Leave (Paid)

2 days

Compassionate leave can be taken when:

  • an immediate family or household member dies or suffers a life-threatening illness or injury
  • a child is stillborn where the child would have been a member of the employee’s immediate family or household, or
  • the employee, or the employee’s spouse or de facto partner, has a miscarriage.

FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEAVE

Leave (Paid)

10 days each year

Find out about Paid family and domestic violence leave.

Leave

ANNUAL LEAVE

Leave (Paid)

4 weeks per year (pro rata) + LOADING

Any unused annual leave will roll over from year to year.

Annual leave loading is the greater amount of either:

  • 17.5% of the employee's minimum hourly rate or
  • the relevant weekend penalty rates the employee normally gets.

To calculate leave amounts, use our Leave Calculator opens new tab

SICK/CARER'S LEAVE

Sick/Carer's leave (Paid)

10 days each year (pro rata)*

Carer's leave (Unpaid)

2 days per occasion**

* The balance at the end of each year carries over to the next year.

** Used any time an immediate family member or household member needs care and support due to illness, injury or an unexpected emergency.

Employees must use their paid sick/carer’s leave before they can take unpaid carer’s leave.

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

Leave (Paid)

receive

Paid time off when an ordinary work day falls on a public holiday.

COMPASSIONATE LEAVE

Leave (Paid)

2 days

Compassionate leave can be taken when:

  • an immediate family or household member dies or suffers a life-threatening illness or injury
  • a child is stillborn where the child would have been a member of the employee’s immediate family or household, or
  • the employee, or the employee’s spouse or de facto partner, has a miscarriage.

FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEAVE

Leave (Paid)

10 days each year

Find out about Paid family and domestic violence leave.

Leave

ANNUAL LEAVE

Leave (Paid)

N/A

SICK/CARER'S LEAVE

Sick leave (Paid)

N/A

Carer's leave (Unpaid)

2 days per occasion *

* Used any time an immediate family member or household member needs care and support due to illness, injury or an unexpected emergency.

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

Leave (Paid)

N/A*

* No entitlement to paid public holidays not worked.

COMPASSIONATE LEAVE

Leave (Unpaid)

2 days

Compassionate leave can be taken when:

  • an immediate family or household member dies or suffers a life-threatening illness or injury
  • a child is stillborn where the child would have been a member of the employee’s immediate family or household, or
  • the employee, or the employee’s spouse or de facto partner, has a miscarriage.

FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEAVE

Leave (Paid)

10 days each year

Find out about Paid family and domestic violence leave.

NOTICE OF TERMINATION

A notice period is the time that an employee or employer has to give before ending employment. This applies when the employee resigns, or if they are dismissed or made redundant.

NOTICE PERIOD

Period of continuous
service

Minimum notice
period

1 year or less1 week
More than 1 year - 3 years2 weeks
More than 3 years - 5 years3 weeks
More than 5 years4 weeks

Note: For employees over 45 with at least 2 years of continuous service, the employer must add an extra week of notice (to the above table).

An employer can let the employee work through their notice period, pay it out to them (also known as pay in lieu of notice), or give a combination of the two.

To calculate notice periods, use our Notice and Redundancy Calculator opens new tab.

FINAL PAY

Employees get the following in their final pay:

outstanding wages for hours worked, including penalty rates and allowances

any accumulated annual leave (including payment of annual leave loading)

accrued or pro rata long service leave (if applicable)

payment in lieu of notice (if applicable)

redundancy pay (if applicable)

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

To calculate redundancy pay, use our Notice and Redundancy Calculator opens new tab.

To calculate leave amounts owing, use our Leave Calculator opens new tab.

WITHHOLDING MONEY FROM FINAL PAY

Employers can deduct up to one week's wages from an employee's pay if:

  • the employee is over 18
  • the employee hasn't given the right amount of notice under their award
  • the deduction isn't unreasonable.

Employers can only deduct pay from wages owed under the award. They can't deduct from other entitlements owed to the employee, such as accumulated leave.

Find out more about notice and final pay opens new tab.

NOTICE OF TERMINATION

A notice period is the time that an employee or employer has to give before ending employment. This applies when the employee resigns, or if they are dismissed or made redundant.

NOTICE PERIOD

Period of continuous
service

Minimum notice
period

1 year or less1 week
More than 1 year - 3 years2 weeks
More than 3 years - 5 years3 weeks
More than 5 years4 weeks

Note: For employees over 45 with at least 2 years of continuous service, the employer must add an extra week of notice (to the above table).

An employer can let the employee work through their notice period, pay it out to them (also known as pay in lieu of notice), or give a combination of the two.

To calculate notice periods, use our Notice and Redundancy Calculator opens new tab.

FINAL PAY

Employees get the following in their final pay:

outstanding wages for hours worked, including penalty rates and allowances

any accumulated annual leave (including payment of annual leave loading)

accrued or pro rata long service leave (if applicable)

payment in lieu of notice (if applicable)

redundancy pay (if applicable)

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

To calculate redundancy pay, use our Notice and Redundancy Calculator opens new tab.

To calculate leave amounts owing, use our Leave Calculator opens new tab.

WITHHOLDING MONEY FROM FINAL PAY

Employers can deduct up to one week's wages from an employee's pay if:

  • the employee is over 18
  • the employee hasn't given the right amount of notice under their award
  • the deduction isn't unreasonable.

Employers can only deduct pay from wages owed under the award. They can't deduct from other entitlements owed to the employee, such as accumulated leave.

Find out more about notice and final pay opens new tab.

NOTICE OF TERMINATION

NOTICE PERIOD

Minimum notice period

N/A

Notice periods don't apply to casual employees. This includes when an employee resigns or if they are terminated for any reason.

FINAL PAY

Employees get the following in their final pay:

outstanding wages for hours worked, including penalty rates and allowances

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