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. 

Real Estate Award

Based on what you've told us, it looks like you're covered by the Real Estate Industry Award 2010 [MA000106].

Employees (except commission only employees) must be paid weekly, fortnightly or monthly.

Casuals are paid either:

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

Commission payments

An employee who is paid commission, bonus or incentive payments has to get these payments within 14 days from:

  • when the commission is due and
  • the employer has received cleared funds from the client for the commission.

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

Source reference: Real Estate Industry Award 2010 [MA000106] clause 21.1 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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