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).
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.
Based on what you've told us, it looks like you're covered by the Road Transport and Distribution Award 2010 [MA000038].
Employees must be paid weekly and by the end of the work day on Thursdays.
The day wages are paid can't be changed more than once in 3 months.
All wages, including overtime, have to be paid within 4 business days from the end of the week that they accumulated.
To find out more about who this award applies to, go to the Road Transport Award summary.
Source reference: Road Transport and Distribution Award 2010 [MA000038] clause 20
- 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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