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.
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 need to be paid money for their work - they cannot be 'paid in-kind' (for example, with goods such as food).
There are limited situations when an employer can:
- make a deduction from an employee's pay
- require an employee to pay money (eg. an overpayment).
Most of the time this isn't allowed - for example, 'cashback' schemes.
Find information about the payment of wages in your award, by selecting from the list below.
- Building, construction and on-site trades
- Contract cleaning services
- Don't know
- Hair and beauty
- Health support services
- Real estate
- Road Transport
- Social, community, disability and home care services
- Storage services and wholesale
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 s.323
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