An employee's minimum pay rate can come from an award, enterprise agreement or other registered agreement or the national minimum wage.

myth logo Myth: You can be paid in food, drink, accommodation or other goods for your time at mandatory meetings or training, or for your time after close for cashing up or cleaning.

Fact: It’s not OK for your boss to pay you in food, drinks, store goods or accommodation. Even if it’s only for an hour or two of work now and again. If you have to be at work, your time needs to be paid in money. Check out our other common myths.

Employees have to be paid the right pay rate for all time worked, including time spent:

  • training
  • in team meetings
  • opening and closing the business
  • working unreasonable trial shifts.

Learn about pay obligations, including minimum wages, pay slip and record-keeping requirements and the rules regarding unpaid work.

You can test your knowledge about pay entitlements and obligations with our Workplace Basics quiz.

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