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 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.
Building and Construction Award
Based on what you've told us, it looks like you're covered by the Building and Construction General On-site Award [MA000020].
An employee can't take time off instead of being paid overtime unless:
- they’re a foreperson or supervisor in the metal and engineering construction sector
- the business employs more than 30 employees
- it’s customary to do so.
Check the Building and Construction Award for all other overtime pay.
To find out more about who this award applies to, go to the Building and Construction Award summary.
Source reference: Building and Construction General On-site Award [MA000020] clauses 36 and 43.5(b)
- 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
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