Penalty rates & allowances
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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 (for example building and construction).
Find information about penalty rates and allowances 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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- Don't know
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- Health support services
- Real estate
- Road Transport
- Social, community, disability and home care services
- Storage services and wholesale
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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