Penalty rates & allowances
The Fair Work Commission
has varied certain Sunday, public holidays, evening or after midnight penalty rates in some awards for the hospitality, restaurant, fast food and retail industries.
The changes don't apply yet. The starting date for these changes will depend on the award that applies and what the change is.
Find out more about what they are, who they affect and when they start in Changes to penalty rates in some awards.
Use our Pay Calculator to calculate penalty rates and allowances in your industry.
You can also check out our pay guides for pay rates, allowances and common penalties in your industry.
If you're covered by an enterprise agreement or other registered agreement, your penalty rates and allowances will be contained in your agreement. To find an agreement, go to the Fair Work Commission website
Employees often get a higher pay rate when working:
- public holidays
- late nights shifts or
- early morning shifts.
Allowances are extra payments made to employees who:
- do certain tasks or have a particular skill
- use their own tools at work
- work in unpleasant or dangerous conditions.
Common allowances include:
- uniforms and special clothing
- tools and equipment
- travel and fares
- car and phone
- leading hand / supervisor
- industry of employment (eg. building and construction).
Find information about penalty rates and allowances in your award by selecting from the list below.
- Building, construction and on-site trades
- Contract cleaning services
- Hair and beauty
- Health support services
- Real estate
- Road Transport
- Social, community, disability and home care services
- Storage services and wholesale
- Don't know
Workplace arrangements affecting penalty rates and allowances
There are some workplace arrangements that affect how penalty rates and allowances are paid. These include:
The overall amount an employee is paid under one of these arrangements must be at least the same as the amount they would be paid under their award.
The wages in IFAs, salary payments, employment contracts and guarantees of annual earnings have to offset other penalties and loadings in awards.
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- talking to your employer or employee about fixing it
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