On 2 April 2019, the Fair Work Commission handed down a decision to change the Horticulture Award. The decision changed the Horticulture Award for casual employees to include ordinary hours of work, a night loading and overtime entitlements. It also clarified the penalty rate for working on public holidays for casuals. The changes apply from the first full pay period on or after 15 April 2019.
Our Pay Calculator has been updated and can be used to calculate the overtime, night loading and public holiday penalty rates. To do this you need to select 'Show me pay rates as at 15 April 2019'.
The Horticulture Award has been updated to include the changes.
For information on how to apply the new rates, you can read our article Overtime & penalty rates for casuals in the Horticulture Award.
Our tailored information on Hours of work, When overtime applies and Working on a public holiday has also been updated.
Visit our Changes to the Horticulture Award page for more information
Overtime is work performed outside the ordinary hours listed in an award or agreement. Overtime is usually paid at a higher rate.
The details about when overtime applies are different under each award and registered agreement. To find out when overtime applies in your industry see When overtime applies.
To calculate overtime rates use our Pay Calculator.
You can also find information about pay under your relevant award by visiting our Pay guides page.
Time off instead of overtime pay
Some awards and registered agreements allow time off to be taken instead of being paid overtime pay. This is also known as 'time in lieu', 'time off in lieu' or 'TOIL'.
Find more information about taking time off instead of overtime pay in your award by selecting from the list below.
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