Paying wages

Employees must be paid at least monthly and can be paid by one, or a combination of, the following:

  • cash
  • 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).  

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. 

Restaurant Award

Based on what you've told us, it looks like you're covered by the Restaurant Industry Award 2010 [MA000119].

Employees must be paid weekly or fortnightly and on any day except Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

When pay day falls on a public holiday, an employer and employees can agree for wages to be paid on the Friday.

Casuals are paid either:

  • at the end of each time they work, or
  • where they agree, weekly or fortnightly, when the full-time or part-time employees are paid.

An employee can agree to be paid monthly.

To find out more about who this award applies to, go to the Restaurant Award summary.

Source reference: Restaurant Industry Award 2010 [MA000119] clause 13.3 and 27 external-icon.png

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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 s.323 external-icon.png

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