Employees must be paid at least monthly and can be paid by one, or a combination of, the following:
- cheque, money order or postal order, payable to the employee
- electronic funds transfer (ie. EFT or bank transfer).
Most awards, enterprise agreements or registered agreements will set out when employees must be paid (weekly, fortnightly or monthly). If it doesn't, employees must be paid at least monthly.
Employees need to be paid money for their work - they cannot be 'paid in-kind' (for example, with goods such as food).
Employers can't ask employees to pay back some of their wages if there hasn't been an overpayment. This is called a cash back scheme and isn't allowed.
Find information about the payment of wages in your award, by selecting from the list below.
- Building, construction and on-site trades
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- Hair and beauty
- Health support services
- Real estate
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- Social, community, disability and home care services
- Storage services and wholesale
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Best practice tip
If paying wages by cash, the employer and employees should sign a record to confirm the amount of money that has been paid each pay period.
Source reference: Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) section 323
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