Overtime is work performed outside the ordinary hours listed in an award or agreement. Overtime is usually paid at a higher rate.
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When overtime applies
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 and Conditions Tool.
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 an employee to take paid time off 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.
We don't have extra information here for your choice.
We only have extra information here for our most common industries. You'll need to check your award for minimum entitlements and obligations.
If you know your award you can access it from our List of awards page. If you don't, you can use our 3 step form to help you Find your Award.
You can calculate entitlements and obligations for all awards using our:
If you're covered by a registered agreement, check the terms of your agreement for information. To find a registered agreement, go to the Fair Work Commission website .
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Mistakes can happen. The best way to fix them usually starts with talking.
Check out our Fixing a workplace problem section for practical advice on:
- figuring out if a mistake has been made
- talking to your employer or employee about fixing it
- getting help from us if you can't resolve it.
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